St. Croix


Northern CA Freshwater

Yuba City: Slide muddies lower Feather as schools of salmon arrive

BY ANDY MARTIN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Sep 11, 2019

YUBA CITY — A major slide at the Live Oak Rock Wall has muddied the Feather River downstream to Verona, but in the cleaner water above, salmon fishing busted open over the weekend as schools of new fish moved into the Outlet Hole.

The water from Live Oak to Verona is muddy, as up to 25 percent of the bank along the rock wall slid into the Feather River. Trees fell down the steep embankment during the Sept. 5 slide.

A MAJOR SLIDE on the Feather River near Live Oak has muddied up the Feather River from that point to the Sacramento River, but it also pushed the salmon upriver to the Thermalito Outflow.

“The river here in Yuba City looks like chocolate milk,” said Andrew Shrader of Yuba City Bait and Tackle. “Below it I haven’t heard of anything since it happened. As far as Gridley up, they are catching them. The past few days the fishing has picked up in the Outlet.”

Shrader said anglers will find out this week if the run is kicking into high gear, or the boost in fishing at the Outlet Hole will be short-lived and is a result of the dirty water pushing schools of fish upstream. “Guides are catching them pretty good at the Outlet,” Shrader said. “Bank guys are doing pretty decent. I know the guides have been hammering them.”

At the beginning of last week, fishing was slow on the Feather. Action improved Thursday and Friday, and then got even better over the weekend.

Guide Scott Feist of Feisty Fish Guide Service said fishing improved Saturday at the Outlet and was good again Sunday, with more bigger fish. Most of the salmon are chrome-bright, Feist said. “It is not wide open, but it is a little over a fish per rod,” Feist said. “They are nice fish. Today we had three over 20 pounds and they are new fish.”

Feist said roe is out-fishing plugs at the Outlet, where conditions are now better since flows in the Low Flow section have dropped.

Guide James Stone of Elite Sportsman Guide Service also said fishing has gotten better on the Feather above the Live Oak slide. “Fishing has improved to about a fish per rod,” Stone said.

The slide hasn’t had too big of an impact on a good late-summer striper bite on the lower Feather, said Tim Boggs of Elkhorn Outdoor Sports. “The water is a little cloudy near Verona,” Boggs said. “One of the guys bought pile worms and said the stripers are going crazy. I don’t think it has affected the bite.”

Boggs has been sending bank anglers to the Beercan Beach area for a steady bite on stripers. “There are a lot of shakers,” Boggs said. “About 75 to 80 percent are shakers. But there are keepers from 23 to 26 inches. For this time of year it is not bad. You are going to have to put up with a whole lot of shakers, but there are more keepers than any time I can remember for this time of year.”

* * *

We hope you enjoyed this article on our no-charge website Of course, this site contains only a small fraction of the stories that Western Outdoor Publications produces each week in its two northern and southern editions and its special supplements. You can subscribe to the print issue that is mailed weekly and includes the easy flip-page full-color digital issues, or you can purchase a digital only subscription. Click here to see the choice.

Luna Sea Sports Ad
Advertise with Western Outdoor News