Tuesday, January 23, 2018

How Do I Fish This: Middle Fork Feather River

The Middle Fork of the Feather River is one of the three forks that feed into Lake Oroville. It is the only fork that is undammed therefore it continues to remain truly wild and scenic. One of the first rivers to be officially designated by the national government to be wild and scenic, the Middle Fork is divided into three sections: the upper Middle Fork of the Feather River that runs through the towns of Portola, Clio, and Graeagle, the middle of the Middle Fork from Graeagle downstream to Sloat, and the lower section that runs below the town of Sloat to Lake Oroville. The Middle Fork is home to both warm and cold water fish making it a unique fishery through and through.

The Middle Fork of the Feather River is one of my favorite fisheries because it rewards exploration. From it's accessible upper half to it's steep lower canyon, the middle fork is full of riffles, runs, and holes that receive very little pressure throughout the season. The fish run wild on the Middle Fork of the Feather River just as they have for thousands of years making it a fishery full of healthy hard fighting fish.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Attempting Lake Amador

Lake Amador is a small reservoir located outside of Sacramento in Amador County. There isn't much to the lake aside from its self-claim as one of the most planted trout lakes in California. The lake use to plant a unique strain of trout called the Donaldson trout however it's been years since the last plant. The Donaldson trout is a "super trout" that was created through selective breeding between strains of both cutthroat and rainbow trout. These unique trout made Lake Amador famous whereas they were known to grow into hefty, hard-fighting, and trophy fish. As far as I know these fish have not been planted since the drought.

I've been meaning to check Amador out for a while now and though my chances of catching a trophy trout were very low, there were plenty of planted Mt. Lassen rainbows to target... or so I thought.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

New Year's Beach Day

We are all finally in 2018 and what's a better way to start a new year than taking a trip to the beach? Stinson Beach as always was our destination and we were set for some fun in the sun.