I am about to start a good stretch of guiding up until July 4th so I thought I should get a fishing report up. It has really cooled off the last few days in Chico with day time highs around 80's. Makes for great weather and a lower PG&E bill as we don't have to burn the A/C all day and night but has kinda tweaked with the fishing a bit. Here is a run down on what has been happening...
Lower Yuba - Spent Friday on the Lower Yuba, the day it rained and felt like march, and fishing was pretty good considering the weather shift. Fished big dries about 50% of the time and nymphed the rest. Suprisingly caught our biggest fish on dries which was really cool. There are a ton of hoppers around but with the cool temps they weren't to active. With some warmer weather the hopper fishing should go off and the normal caddis and PED hatches should get going.
Shad - are still around but the pods have gotten smaller, the females are spawned out or of the smaller variety, and most of the fish I have been catching are small males. This usually means the back end of the run unless you want to chase them up to red bluff. So time to move onto stripers
Striper - With the shad thinning out the striper fishing should pick up as they now will have to look for another food source. I went down lower in the river to Butte City last week and got into a few but so hopefully the chico area will start to pick up as the shad thin out.
Bass - Top water bass fishing has been fair/good on the river and on some of the private waters I guide. Some warmer weather though should help really get the summer bass bite going.
I will be spending time over the next week on the Yuba, Sac, and NF Feather so nice long report to follow. Get out and fish.