Feather River

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Location:
Verona, CA
United States United States
Coordinates:
38.7855, -121.6211
Distance:
170 Miles
Description:

Three branches of the Feather River, the North, Middle and South forks, transverse the Plumas National Forest in Northeastern California. All three branches are known for their deep picturesque canyons and good fishing. The Feather's best known for its epic king salmon run, but it's also a solid producer of steelhead, striped bass, shad, trout and the occasional sturgeon.

Thanks to a remarkable hatchery program, the Feather River is consistently one of the best fisheries along the entire west coast. Spring king salmon begin to return to the river each May and continue showing until July. In August, the first waves of the massive fall salmon run arrive and more and more fish push upstream through the middle of October. As many as 146,000 salmon inhabit the Feather annually and the fishing for them is often phenomenal.

Fall-run steelhead start trickling into the system in September, and by October, they’re firmly entrenched in the riffles between Live Oak and Oroville. Winter steelhead and wild rainbow trout keep anglers busy until April, when an excellent striped bass fishery develops in the lower river. Shad fishing heats up in May and, in high water years, there can be some good sturgeon action in the Thermalito Afterbay Outlet area in spring and early summer.

The North Fork shares the canyon bottom with Highway 70, the route of the Feather River Scenic Byway, the Western Pacific Railroad, and a PG&E Hydro-Electric complex. Low flows during the summer and numerous large boulders preclude extended canoeing or raft floating.

The Middle Fork is a Wild and Scenic River. The Wild Zones are in a deep canyon with numerous large boulders, narrow steep canyon walls, and some impassable waterfalls. Rafting and canoeing are not feasible in these Zones.

The upper stretches of the Middle Fork are in the English Bar Scenic Zone and Recreation Zone. These Zones are more gentle with easy access. Rafting and canoeing are feasible in the Zones, from Clio downstream to the Quincy-La Porte Road, in the spring. By early July, flows are low enough so that inner-tubes and air mattresses are the usual mode for short float trips.

The Feather River is a principal tributary of the Sacramento River, 170 miles in length, in Northern California in the United States. It drains part of the northern Sierra Nevada and a small portion of the middle of the Sacramento Valley.

One of the top fisheries on the West Coast!

Spot Access:
Boat Ramp, Parking (car/truck), Parking (boat/trailer), Picnic Area, Power Boats Allowed, Swimming Area, Shore fishing access, Fly Fishing, Wading
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Fishing Reports

Feather River Fishing Report 08.04.10

OK guys, I fished both days with three clients and here is the report. On Sat. I fished the early morning just above the first lower rapid and we hooked and lost one there. 10-12lber. Moved up river just above the osprey hole and hooked two on kwik fish and lost both, one leader broke under the boat and the other got wrapped around a branch in the water which we couldn't get back and around fast enough so the fish pulled free. I spoke to the F&G fish counters and they told me out of all th...

Feather River Fishing Report 07.29.10

By all reports there are salmon in the river. I will be fishing both Sat and Sun so I will fill you in on Monday. The Feather usually has some nice bright large fish and I can't wait to drop a couple into the fish box. Dave

Feather River Fishing Report 04.28.10

The Shad are starting to make their way up the Feather river and are mostly still concentrated in the lower section, but some are showing between boyd's pump and shanghi bend. The river is in good shape and I look forward a very good season starting in about a week and continuing thru the months of May and June. Dave
over 4 years ago (03/23/2010)

Feather River Fishing Report 03.23.10

Started to look a round the Feather river late last week. From Star ben to Verona I found no fish, which is uncoman for late march. By now thare is uselley a school or two of stripers in that section of river.   As for the sac river reports have been real weak only a few fish being caught around nights landing on bait.   By next week we should see a few schools of fish in and Wards landing.       River Guide Service riverguideservice@hotmail.com...
T.N.G. Motorsports Guide service
about 5 years ago (05/19/2009)

Feather River Fishing Report 05.19.09

Fishing report for week of 5-16-09The Feather River Shad run is in full swing at the falls below Shanghai Bend, and now that the river has cleared from the last storm, the striper bite is back on. Anglers are nailing the shad on jig head/ grub combos in white/pink tail, orange/orange tail, pink/pink tail, pink/ white tail. Name it, their hitting it!!!Stripers are hitting swim baits in whites (pearl) and power drifted minnows. Most of the stripers are undersized schoolies with the occasional la...
about 5 years ago (05/02/2009)

Feather River Fishing Report 05.02.09

So finally i got the chance to go the outlet, usually around this time theres a few early spring run salmon up here hangin around as well as a few steely's. Though ive heard your still able to keep 1 springer until july 15th at this present time why not practice catch and release. So as usual another slow day for steely's. I tried the yarn, the yarn and bead, the worms, some left over roe, flies, leeches, wooly buggers, spin-n-glows, velveeta cheese,and other egg pattern flies. And NADA!!! so...
T.N.G. Motorsports Guide service
about 5 years ago (04/24/2009)

Feather River Fishing Report 04.24.09

4/13/09 We made the trip to the Feather river at Shanghai Falls to see if we could eradicate the river of that deadly(to Salmon smolt at least) Striped Bass. We had a small measure of success even though Fish and Game had just released two tanker trucks of Salmon Smolt into the river just below the falls at Boyds pump. We managed to score a nice 6 pounder and one smaller male on drifted minnows, along with two nice small mouth bass, and a small schoolie striper that followed the 8 pounder into...

Fish

Largemouth-240-fw

Bass, Largemouth (Micropterus salmoides)

Freshwater
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Bass, Striped (Morone saxatilis)

848
Chinook-240-fwsw

Salmon, Chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)

386
Sturgeonwhite-240-fw

Sturgeon, White (Acipenser transmontanus)

38
Redbreastsunfish-240-fw

Sunfish, Redbreast (Lepomis auritus)

Freshwater
178
Redearsunfish-240-fw

Sunfish, Redear (Lepomis microlophus)

Freshwater
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Trout, Steelhead (Rainbow) (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

Guides

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Ken Cunningham Guide Service

Providing quality guided fishing for trophy salmon, steelhead and trout on Northern California and Southwestern Oregon Rivers. We furnish all bait and tackle. Beginners, women and childern are welc...
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Larry Hemphill Fishing Guide & Instructor

I would like to help you experience the most popular form of fishing across the U.S. - Black Bass Fishing! I customize each trip according to my client's wishes and ability level. I specialize...
Yuba City, CA, United States United States
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Mike Bias Fly Fishing

I am now guiding among the best locations in the West: Idaho, Montana, and Northern California.
Twin Bridges, MT, United States United States
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Mike Copithorne-Off the Hook Fly Fishing

We offer guided fly fishing trips with the very best guides Northern California has to offer. The area around Redding has some of the best fly fishing water in the West and great weather which allow...
Napa, CA, United States United States
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Outdoor Adventures Sport Fishing

Full-time professional guide service.Specializing in quality guided fishing trips for salmon , trout, and steelhead. Sacramento River, Feather River, and Smith River. All tackle provided. We fish ev...
Redding, CA, United States United States
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Raith Heryford's Guide Service

Fishing and Hunting on the lower Sacramento River Valley and Above. Professional fishing guide for salmon, trout, steel head, bass, striper, sturgeon, and shad.
Yuba City, CA, United States United States
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Rip Their Lips Off Guide Service

As veteran and award winning outdoor writer Peter Ottesen wrote about Captain Dave Mierkey. "The tackle looked more appropriate for hooking steelhead than very large salmon filled with gusto. O...
Sacramento, CA, United States United States
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River Guide Service

Since 1973, River Guide Service has been offering the best in guided excursions on the Yuba, Feather, and Sacramento Rivers of Northen California. Whether you're looking to hook a big fish, spend so...
Yuba City, CA, United States United States
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S & C Guide Service

S&C Guide Service is owned by Steve Adams. Steve has over 20 years experience fishing Northern California waters. Steve is a member of Northern California Guides Association and a member of the Asso...
Rancho Cordova, CA, United States United States
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Steve Huber's Drift Boat Guide Service

Steve Huber Guide Service is at your service! We specialize in drift boat and jet boat fishing trips on some of Northern California's most scenic and pristine rivers and lakes. We offer full-servi...
Douglas City, CA, United States United States
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T.N.G. Motorsports

We have been fishing King Salmon and Steelhead on the Klamath, Sacramento, American, and Feather rivers for over 20 years now, and are also chasing Landlocked Kings and Coho salmon on Folsom and O...
Meadow Vista, CA, United States United States

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