Feather River Fishing Report

Report Updated April 23, 2014

LOW WATER…FEW FISH

Danger! The Feather is LOW!!
Danger! The Feather is LOW!!

The flows are abysmally low here and dropping daily. The Feather is a joke…hardly a striper made it up this trickle this season but some shad are starting to show at Verona and Shanghai. Boaters…the river is not safe at this point…unless you are in a canoe!

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Current River Conditions


Current Weather


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About the Feather River

After flowing out of the base of Oroville Dam, the lower Feather River twists and winds its way approximately 50 miles from the town of Oroville to its confluence with the Sacramento River at Verona.

Throughout the year, the river sees runs of striped bass and American shad in the spring, along with fall and spring-run steelhead and sturgeon (mainly in high water years). Prolific king salmon runs, however, really put the Feather on the map and though currently in a down cycle, the river is home to both spring and fall-runs. There’s also a sneaky population of smallmouth bass that’s almost completely ignored by anglers. The fish don’t get huge, but there are lots of ‘em.

Catching Feather Smallies
One Strange Day on the Feather
Basic Shad Techniques


Species of the Feather River

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Fall Chinook


Striped Bass


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American Shad


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Steelhead


Photos from the Feather:

The infamous Outlet Hole
The infamous Outlet Hole
Going Bendo at the Pump Hole in the Orovile Wildlife Area
Going Bendo at the Pump Hole in the Orovile Wildlife Area
The confluence of the Sacramento and Feather rivers at Verona.
The confluence of the Sacramento and Feather rivers at Verona.

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