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Northern CA Freshwater Fishing Report

A new batch of salmon enters Feather River

BY JIM JONES/WON Staff WriterPublished: Aug 23, 2012

YUBA CITY — Salmon fishing was good again last week on the Feather as new schools of fish entered the river, moving upstream to join their thousands of cousins which had already arrived.

Those older fish were providing lots of action above Gridley for boaters, as well as waders working the Thermalito Afterbay. However, they were a bit darker than the newly-arrived fish.

Bob Boucke of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle said that Chris Spade and Rob Reimers of Rustic Rob’s Guide Service fished the “Jesus Hole” halfway between Shanghai Bend and Yuba City on Sunday landing 3 king salmon weighing between 18 and 20 pounds, on Kwikfish.  

While Boucke characterized most of the older salmon near the Outlet as “rusty,” he said that the salmon caught nearer Yuba City were dime bright.

He also said that some small steelhead were being caught in the Low Flow Section, mostly on drifted roe and nightcrawlers. Fly fishers were finding some action on dead-drifted nymphs under indicators.

OUTLET KING — Eric Marayan of Yuba City caught this 26-pound king near the Outlet Hole on the Feather River while trolling a custom "Klingon" FlatFish with a sardine wrap, fishing with guide John Enos of Big John's Guide Service.

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