Saturday Kicks off Trout Season in the North State

CHICO, Calif. - The last weekend of April is the start of Trout fishing and visitors and locals will flock to the lakes and rivers to take part in the sport.

Posted: Apr 27, 2018 11:43 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Hundreds, even thousands of people will flock to the Sacramento, Yuba and Feather Rivers to fly-fish, and this year, experts say conditions are better than expected despite years of drought and the hit that Steelhead took after the spillway incident at Lake Oroville caused flooding through the Feather River below.

It's not too late to get a fishing license and it's good through the end of the year.

Mac Noble who owns Fish First Fly Shop in Chico says business about doubles at this time of year - this is when he staffs up, loads up with merchandise, and begins giving guided fishing tours for people who travel from across the state to take part in it all.

Noble says the water level is actually perfect right now - at this time last year, the lake and river levels were too high to begin the season at the last weekend of April.

And conditions are expected to stay great through August or September when the water levels start to drop.

But, come rainfall in October we'll see it start up all over again.

Noble says there are several different runs that come up all three rivers - the Feather, the Sac and the Yuba.

The Shad Herring is a big one for sports fishing - it's easily accessible from the bank of all three rivers and it's a great species to get kids into because they're eager to bite and fun to catch.

It's all catch-and-release around here, especially for wild trout; Noble says there's a lot of mercury in the rivers so it's not a great idea to eat very much of anything you'd catch.

You can get a fishing license through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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