Feather River Fishing Report

Report updated Sept. 9, 2014

A Few Kings

There are some kings being caught here at the bottom, middle and upper ends of the river. Down low, the anchor crowd at the color line at Verona has been seeing slow to decent fishing, deepening on the day while fishing K15’s and spinners. Anchor anglers fishing plugs above Shanghai Falls are also seeing a few spurts of fish moving at first light. Up around Thermalito, there are some dark springers and a few moderately bright fall fish but the flows are low, warm and grassy and it’s mostly a crack of dawn type of deal.

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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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