Northern CA Freshwater Fishing Report

Salmon still good on Feather, but pressure dropping off as more anglers head to Sac

BY JIM JONES/WON Staff WriterPublished: Sep 19, 2012

YUBA CITY — Lots of king salmon were available on the Feather River last week, but John Harris of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle said that fishing pressure has dropped off, especially at Shanghai Bend.  

He said that anglers noted that salmon were no longer hanging out at the bottoms of the holes above and below the rapids, as indicated by their fishfinders, but were suspended a couple of feet above the bottom, indicating that they were traveling — not holding — fish.  

Plenty of salmon were still being caught below the Outlet, but more fish were darker than before and fishing pressure was down. Harris said that it appeared that lots of people had left to fish the Sacramento River.

He also said that fishing for steelhead on the Low Flow Section of the Feather was good last week, and that spin fishermen were doing well by drifting nightcrawlers held off the bottom with a tiny Corky or Puff Ball. Fly fishers dominated drifting nymphs and egg patterns under indicators.

SHEILA SHERBERT caught this nice king on the Feather River while fishing with her boy friend, Mark Hardcastle, both of Granite Bay. Guide "Big John" Enos, took them out for their first salmon ever, and they ended up with fish 8, 16 and 18 pounds. "To hell with trout, we're going salmon fishing from now on!," she said after the trip.

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