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Big, Bold Steelhead Challenge Anglers

Written By: Dan Bacher, December 31, 2013
Species: Steelhead
Location: Feather River- Lower,

You better be prepared for quite a battle when you hook a steelhead on the Feather River this New Year, since exceptionally larger fish are showing at the Feather River Fish Hatchery.

“We’re seeing a lot more steelhead in the 8 to 9 lb. range this season,” reported Anna Kastener, manager of the Feather River Fish Hatchery. “Usually most of the fish we see are in the 3 to 5 pound range.”

Not only is the size of fish up this year, but also the numbers of fish trapped at the hatchery to date are very encouraging.

“We have counted 518 males and 356 females, a total of 874 fish to date this year,” she stated. “That’s a great number of fish to see at the hatchery this time of year, more than we have seen in a while.”

The hatchery doesn’t plan to start spawning the steelhead until after December 31.

The upper section of the river from below the Table Mountain Bicycle Bridge to Highway 162 will open to steelhead fishing on January 1. Fishing pressure in the section currently open to fishing has been light. Anglers should find the top success while drifting nightcrawlers, Glo Bugs, salmon roe and an array of flies.

Combined releases to the Feather below the Thermalito Afterbay Outlet remain at 1.250 cfs.

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