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Northern CA Freshwater Fishing Report

Steelhead bite going strong on the Yuba River

BY JIM JONES/WON Staff WriterPublished: Oct 14, 2011

YUBA CITY — Steelhead fishing continued to build on the Yuba River downstream of the Highway 20 Bridge (The river upstream of the bridge is closed to fishing). Trout fishing was good, as well.


“They’re catching lots of steelhead from the Highway 20 Bridge south, mostly on flies” said Bob Bradbury of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle. He also said that  jetboaters are doing well by running upriver from the mouth and fishing behind the dump.


Fly fishing guide, Brian Clemens of American Fly Fishing said steelhead and trout are taking egg  rubber legs, caddis and Mayfly nymph patterns fished under indicators.   Steelhead are also being taken by swinging steelhead streamer flies. 


Only single, barbless hooks may be used, and, although most anglers release all their fish, anglers are allowed to keep a total of two adipose fin-clipped (the small fatty fin on the back just ahead of the tail fin)  trout  or steelhead of hatchery origin.

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