The Fish Sniffer - Hatchery Finishes Spawning Steelhead For Season
Hatchery Finishes Spawning Steelhead For Season

Written By: Dan Bacher, March 6, 2014
Species: Steelhead Stripers
Location: Feather River- Lower,

The Feather River Fish Hatchery has finished spawning steelhead this season. Hatchery staff saw a good showing of larger fish in the 8 to 10 lb. class this year.

The facility trapped 1451 steelhead, including 812 males and 639 females this season. That compares to 1731 fish, including 1,057 males and 674 females, last year.

At press time, the hatchery was in the process of releasing 390,000 steelhead into the river, according to Anna Kastener, hatchery manager. They plan to stock 10,000 steelhead yearlings into the Thermalito Afterbay in March to provide a unique landlocked steelhead fishery.

“It was a good year for steelhead,” noted Kastener. “We saw larger steelhead than we spawned in previous years.”

Anglers continue to land steelhead while fishing flies, nightcrawlers, spinners and spoons in the low flow area. Ron, a local angler, bagged a 6 lb. steelhead while drifting a fly in the low flow area, reported Bob Boucke of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle in Yuba City.

Boucke said striper fishing in the lower Yuba near Shanghai Bend and Boyd’s Pump has been slow lately, although fishing with jumbo minnows, top water lures and flies is expected to pick up with the arrival of warmer weather.

Combined water releases below the Thermalito Afterbay outlet continue to be 950 cfs.


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