Feather River Fishing Report

Report Updated July 29, 2014

A FEW KINGS

The flows are pretty low here — 2,500 cfs at Gridley — and the fishing ins’t exactly red hot. There are some dark springers and the occasional fresh fish up in the Wildlife Area/Outlet zone but warm temps and grass aren’t making the fishing any easier.

With hot water in the lower end, it may be awhile before fresh fish move in…

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Current River Conditions


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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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