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Valley Striper Fly Fishing Report

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Capt. Hogan Brown reports on 5.9.19

Lower Sacramento Fly Fishing

Striper fishing on the valley rivers continues to be fair to good. The rivers are in great shape and there are good numbers of migratory fish throughout the rivers as well as resident fish getting on the feed. Shad are also showing up in good numbers and this can really get the resident fish going. May-October is prime time for river stripers and with all the water this year fishing is going to be very good. 


Lower Yuba River is still HIGH…bouncing around 7500cfs and 9000cfs. I would imagine the river will start to come down by the end of May but it could be more like the end of June depending on snowmelt. That said when it does come down the fishing is going to be very good. This is going to be a great summer and fall on the Lower Yuba as this is a river that really does better with more water…hoppers come into play, more salmon move upriver, more space for fish to move around and feel safe…just better overall.
Hwy 32 creeks like Deer Creek, Big Chico Creek, and Butte Creek are all still pretty high. I talked to a few buddies who drove up and poked around were of the opinion that it was a come back in a few weeks situation.
Lots of good bass fishing on ponds, lakes, and puddles right now before it turns into an early am and late pm thing with the summer heat.

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