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Salmon Fishing Hot And Cold

Written By: Dan Bacher, September 24, 2013
Species: River Salmon
Location: Feather River- Lower, Sacramento River- Middle, Thermalito Afterbay,

Salmon fishermen are reporting mixed success on the Feather River from Oroville to Shanghai Bend. The Department of Water Resources has reduced combined flows below the Thermalito Afterbay Outlet to 3,000 cfs.

“Friday’s trip to Shanghai Bend produced limits of salmon, all over 20 pounds, for myself and Ron La Force,” divulged Bob Boucke at Johnson’s Bait and Tackle. “We anchor fished with Brad’s Dragon Flies in chartreuse and silver body with chartreuse sparkles first thing in the morning.”

“However, on my trip Monday with Robbie Palma of Collins Lake, we hooked two fish and lost them both,” he said. “The key is to be there when fish are coming through.”

Manuel Saldana of MSJ Guide Service reported spotty salmon fishing on the Feather in the Oroville area.

“We hooked and lost one salmon above the Smith Street Bridge on roe today,” said Manuel Saldana Jr. of MSJ Guide Service on Thursday, September 13. “On Sunday, we landed one 22 lb. salmon at Charlie’s Hole while dead sticking with roe.”

Rob Reimers of Rustic Rob’s Guide Service reported limits of salmon from 14 to 26 pounds for two anglers by 10 am during trolling adventure below the mouth of the Feather at Verona on Wednesday, September 11. He was using K-14 Kwikfish/spinner blade combos.

On September 13, Reimers and his brother, Ray, caught limits weighing from 18 to 22 pounds while fishing the same plug/spinner combos. Fishing slowed down on Saturday, September 14, with one 18 pounder caught by Marcus, a client.

Hopefully, that is a sign that more salmon will start showing on the Feather.

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