Feather River steelhead
Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing The Feather River California
The Feather River is a tailwater below Lake Oroville and
one of California's best steelhead streams. The Middle
and North Fork sections of the Feather River are covered
under different Stream Sections of this website.

The Feather River also has a Spring salmon run. The
large Chinook Salmon range from ten to twenty-five
pounds and up to forty pounds.

During October and November you will find steelhead
holding behind salmon redds waiting for dinner. The
Feather River's steelhead fishing is quite productive. It is
one of the best streams in the nation for catching
numbers of steelhead. You may hook and land several
steelhead in a day. Catching as many as ten steelhead in
a day of fly fishing the Feather River isn't uncommon. The
average Feather River steelhead probably weighs five
pounds but some will go up to ten pounds.

There's a run of half pounders during the Spring. These
steelhead feed mostly on mayfly nymphs and caddis
larvae. The best fishing for the half pounders is from
about the middle of March through the month of April. It is
also possible to catch these small steelhead on dry flies.

This river also has a good shad run from April until July.
Striped Bass show up in March and are present until
June. Fly fishing the Feather River for Striped Bass and
Shad is also very good.

The season is open year-round but is species dependent.
There is a specific Salmon fishing season
March and April are best for the half pounder run.
Salmon can be taken beginning in mid-July through
October is the beginning of the steelhead season. Mid
October is the peak of the season.
The early part of November is also a prime month for
Steelhead fishing. Fishing continues through the Winter.
Type of Stream

Chinook Salmon
Striped Bass


Northern California

Nearest Towns

Species dependent


Non-Resident License
State of California

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Feather River Fly Fishing Report:
04/16/16 The upper river is a little clearer and steelhead are
being caught in spite of the high water levels. Our customers
are swinging and nymphing.
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Fishing Report Updated 05/16/16
(bottom of page)
04/30/16 The river is lower and clearer but we haven't
received any reports on steelhead the past few days. Let
us hear from you.
05/12/16 Stream levels are fine but it looks like there will
be a lull in the activity until mid to late June.
05/16/16 We did get a report that shad are in the river and
anglers having a ball catching them.