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Feather River kings show up big time!

WON Staff Writer
Published: Aug 30, 2017
YUBA CITY — Guides began to report consistent limits on the Feather River for the first time this season last week, as big numbers of fresh, bright kings moved in.

“It really picked up over the last three days,” guide Robert Weese of Northern California Guide Service said Sunday evening. “We have been catching limits. There are big fish, and there are fresh fish moving in every day.”


LIMITS OF KINGS are now coming out of the Feather River, and guide Robert Weese of Northern California Guide Service had limits of nice kings for Ernie Maumaski of Sacramento, Larry Reynolds of Biggs and Samuel Crista of Sacramento while using roe over the weekend!


Weese said he has heard of salmon up to 35 pounds at the Outlet Hole, where he and many other guides are concentrating. “In the Outlet, most every boat that is fishing is getting their limit,” Weese said. “They are all big, nice fish from 10 to 35 pounds.”

Larry Reynolds of Biggs caught a 28 pounder with Weese last week at the Outlet on salmon roe. “That’s the biggest we got this week,” Weese said. “There were a lot of 20 to 25 pounders.” He is fishing FlatFish plugs with sardine wraps in the morning, then fishing with roe.

“The Feather is going to run solid until Oct. 15,” Weese said.

Guide James Stone of Elite Sportsman Guide Service said more fish arrived last week. “There are more fish and more flows,” Stone said. “They are draining Oroville fast.”

Aaron Searcy of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle in Yuba City confirmed catches have improved on the Feather as new fish arrive.

“Things picked up this previous week,” Searcy said. “There are a lot more people catching fish. Lots of people are fishing Boyd’s Pump and pulling some nice fish out of there. We had a couple of guys come in with some really chrome fish. One was 20 pounds and one was a 30 pounder.”

At Boyd’s Pump, anglers are trolling Blue Fox or Silvertron spinners with 4 ounces of weigh, trolling downriver. Just above Shanghai Bend, there also have been some kings caught on jigs, Searcy said. The Outlet is fishing well now, Searcy said. “You can definitely see a lot more guides catching fish and limiting out their boat now instead of just a couple of fish.”

Searcy said the numbers of kings will continue to increase until the mid-October closure. King fishing remains good in the ocean, an indicator a bunch more salmon are yet to come.

Anglers also are catching stripers near the mouth of the Yuba River on anchovies, sardines, nightcrawlers and some topwater lures.

“Guys fishing anchovies and nightcrawlers are catching resident fish,” Searcy said of the striper action.

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