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By Chuck Giles
10/01/15 -- It just isn’t funny anymore, is it? This drought has reaped havoc with almost every facet of our lives, particularly the outdoors people. Fishing, when you can find a credible source, has been fair to middlin’ at best from a boat; even worse for the shore angler.

At Fins, Fur and Feather Sports (FFF) in Paradise, quite frankly, some customers have provided us with great information, others with what seems are their dreams. It is sometimes hard to distinguish between the two.

Lake Oroville
Let’s begin with Lake Oroville. If you don’t have four wheel drive, it is virtually useless to try to launch and load your boat. Yes, there are indeed two ramps available; Bidwell and the Spillway. Even though Bidwell is paved, it is on such a steep grade with the lake level down 225 feet that once it is wet from boats and trailers coming out, that traction is hard to maintain. The spillway ramp is a makeshift, one lane, off road course. Take your pick.

Fishing here, however, is still decent for bass. According to several of our customers at FFF, the early morning and late evening top water takes are beautiful to watch. Zara Spooks, Rebel Pop-Rs and Phat Frogs have all been successful for this technique.

In addition, during the rest of the day, drop-shotting, wacky-rigging and swimming a Keitech Swimbait will bring in a decent stringer of spots.

I have had no reports I would consider credible on the salmon bite either trolling or mooching. If anyone out there can provide some proof on these fish, let me know.

The lake level currently, holding for a while now is at 672.5 feet. This is 228 feet below full pool. Surface temperature is averaging 72 degrees.

Paradise Lake
Boaters here have a definite advantage. The trout are deep (65-80 feet) and have developed lockjaw in August. Try trolling with a Sep’s Dodger watermelon dodger trailed by a threaded night crawler.

There are some bass being take by shore anglers working Senkos and jigs around the stump areas. Largemouth up to 4 pounds have been tricked with this method.

On a kayaking expedition, several of my cousin’s grandchildren found a completely dead bass just off the boat ramp area. I allowed them to scoop it up, take some pictures and they had it for dinner that night.

3 boys holding fresh bass for dinner. Photo by Chuck Giles
Bass for dinner! Photo courtesy of Chuck Giles

Sacramento River
In the last few days several die-hard salmon anglers have reported seeing quite a few salmon frolicking around the Chico area including Scotty’s Landing and the Irvine Finch launch facility. However, seeing them and catching them have proved to be somewhat difficult. Reports here at FFF put the catch at less than a fish per boat.

In spite of the poor overall reports, there is hope that El Nino will change the situation for later this year and next. Unfortunately, the prospect for Northern California, even with the expected weather phenomenon does not bode well. Southern California is more likely to get the brunt of rain.

Quite frankly, the remainder of lakes and streams in this area have not been productive enough to mention.

I apologize for all the sour news. I am currently in negotiations with Mother Nature, but they are not going well.

Fins, Fur and Feather Sports carries a full line of fishing and hunting gear. We are located at the intersection of Clark Rd. and Skyway in Paradise. We also issue Fish and Wildlife licenses, tags and miscellaneous items. Call us at 530-876-8800.

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