Brian Clemens Reports on Happy New Years Everyone,
Flows: 800 Low Flow, 1900 High Flow
Clarity: Perfect 8-10ft viz hint of green
Fishing: Good to Great
The section above hwy70 is now open
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Aug 3, 31
Striper season is off and running and conditions are shaping up, as it seems every year to be different then the last. We have “high” but nowhere near abnormal or blown out water. The river is hovering around 10K CFS and clarity really varies depending on where you are in the river. Nowhere is “blown out” by any means, but there are areas with 3 feet of visibility and there are areas with 6” of visibility and knowing where color comes from throughout the river is key to finding good fishing.
Last year we dealt with COLD water and this year it seems we may, believe it or not, be dealing with warm water. While dirty water heats up faster then clear water water temps are still WARM. The last week taking off at Butte City water temps had reached 68-69 by the end of the day where the water never got that warm ALL summer or fall last year. While this doesn’t turn off or on the bite it just changes it. The one thing it will do is DRASTICLY and negatively affect salmon fishing as the good salmon fishing we had last year was due to the much colder then average water temps.
Lower Yuba River – Finally seems to be dropping, today it is down to 5100cfs and looks to be dropping each hour…who knows what the plan is. That said it is getting to a safe floatable flow here as my take out is right above the diversion dam so the higher flows are a bit dicey taking out RIGHT at the lip of the dam. That said clarity is awesome as anglers are hammering shad below the diversion dam and people are floating the public stretches of the river and getting some trout above. I am sure July – the fall are going to be great fishing on the Lower Yuba for trout.Continue reading
Shad are in! We have reports for the following rivers:
Just came into shape, but then the recent rains and upcoming rains will likely affect the clarity.
A good number of shad and stripers being reported on the American River. She is flowing at 9k fishing from the bank though.
High and Flowing steady at 6660 CFS. They plan to drop the river to 5k next week if you believe the river forecast. Yuba River Dam Release Schedule 5/14:
Englebright Reservoir is expected to continue spilling until June. It is anticipated that total releases from Englebright Reservoir will range between 7,000 cfs, and 5,000 cfs for the next week. Flows in the lower Yuba River are managed to comply with license and flow requirements. Flows can change swiftly and suddenly, so be prepared when recreating on the lower Yuba River or avoid the river for your safety.
Currently just over 6000 cfs the Yuba has been inconsistently firing. One word to sum up the spring so far “volatile.” The windows of fishing open and shut quickly right now. When the window is open the river is an all-out numbers game. The trout in there are hungry and eating well. But even the weakest
of storms are charging the flows to un fishable flows. I’ve...
Not much of a report as we are entering our 6th week straight of fluctuating high water levels and varying degrees of turbidity. Currently, the Yuba is flowing at 17k, and Deer Creek is at 1,750 cubes. Englebright dam is still spilling and the reservoir is at 106% of capacity. The Skwala hatch was short-lived this year, but if the flows come down to at least 3,000...Continue reading
We are in the midst of another very good water year. The snow reports in the Sierras are reaching 150% mark. Looks like we will have plenty of water for the year to come. So what is happening right now? We are getting opportunities to fish in between the storms. Mother Nature is being kind enough to allow us a breath of fishing until the next set....
Fishing is not nearly as good on the Lower Yuba River after the last series of big storms rolled on through, but fish are still being caught though. Flows are running at 1,228 cubes as recorded at the Parks Bar-Bridge gauge. Deer creek has not fallen all the way down and I assume it’s because of the releases
from Scott’s Flat reservoir, currently the creek is at 106...
I have been guiding the Lower Yuba recently by far more then any other place. With new private access and good conditions, it is has been a good option for me. I use to split a lot of my time in the winter between fishing the Lower Sac for trout and the Lower Yuba, but the reality is I have come to favor the diversity and options on the Lower Yuba...Continue reading
Lower Yuba River Update
The past week has seen some gnarly weather here in Northern California. Big wind, heavy rain, and as of Monday morning low elevations snowfall like here in Nevada City. Before our last round of storms, the Lower Yuba River was fishing well with consistent mayfly hatches from noon until 3pm, and the start of seeing Skwala stoneflies drifting...Continue reading