Wow its spring already! Where to fish and what to fish for
I will start with the Yuba River; the lower river is fishing
good to great. March Browns have started and the fish are still eating Skwala’s
and PMD’s. Recommended flies: Tom’s
flush floater Skwala, Bullet Head stone, March Brown Cripple, Parachute March
Brown, Maloney Bead March Brown, Last Chance Cripple Pink Albert, Cripple Dun
PMD, Hogan’s Military May PMD, Hogan’s S&M PMD, Sucker Spawn, Hare &
Pheasant, Gold Rib Hares Ear, Flash Back PT, RL Prince of Diamonds Golden
Stone, Two Bit Hooker and Jimmy Legs.
North Yuba: Fishing
is picking up and is considered to be fair. This is the time of the year to
fish the North Yuba if you’re looking for larger than normal fish. The big
rainbows start moving up from Bullard’s Bar to start they’re spawn, with that
said please respect spawning fish. I have caught several big rainbows during
this time of year. You won’t catch the 20 plus fish a day but you will catch quality
fish. This is a mostly nymphing game this time of year.
Flies: Red Copper John, RL Prince of Diamonds Peacock, Biot
Epoxy Stone, Hogan’s Red Headed Step Child, Prince Nymph, UV2 May Nymphulator PT,
Sucker Spawn, and Fox Poopah Olive.
Feather River: The Feather River is fishing good, fresh spring
run Steelhead are in the river! The best time to fish is during the low light
but you can catch fish all day.
Flies: Egg Patterns, Sucker Spawn, Hogan’s S&M Nymph,
Olive Bird’s Nest, Fox Poopah, San Juan Worms, Strung out Alevan and Shock and
Scott’s Flat Reservoir;
The Small Mouth Bass are still deep about 39 feet. The water temp is 53 degrees
midday. The lake is at 80% capacity and NID has just shut down the South Yuba
Canal that feeds the lake (scheduled maintenance). This should help warm the lake
up a little and turn on the bite.
Lower Scott’s: fishing
is fair to bad. The best ways to fish
would be with a type 3 sinking line with buggers and leeches, or a floating
line, long leaders an indicator using Chironomid pupa.
Lake Davis: The
fish have started moving into the shallows and feeding on midges and callibaetis.
Look for water coming into the lake the fish are staging to spawn.