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Written By: Dan Bacher, April 30, 2014
Location: Feather River- Lower,
Low releases of only 800 cfs below the Thermalito Afterbay Outlet, the result of the systematic emptying of Lake Oroville last summer to fill the Kern Water Bank and Southern California reservoirs, make boating on the Feather River pretty darned tough.
“The stripers are out there, but you have to fish from shore or have a kayak to fish the river,” said Bob Boucke of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle. “Anglers are hooking mostly schoolie stripers while fishing jumbo minnows, sardines, anchovies and pileworms. Some anglers tossing out top water lures and trout swimbaits at Boyd’s Pump and Shanghai Bend are hooking an occasional larger fish in the 20 to 30 lb. range.”
Mel Gillette at Elkhorn Outdoor Sports in Rio Linda confirmed the good striper fishing on the Feather for bank fishermen throwing out jerkbaits at Beer Can Beach near Nicolas. “Most of the fish are schoolie-sized keepers,” he observed.
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