Northern California has some of the best Wild Trout and Steelhead fishing in the Lower 48. There are 3 tail water fisheries with year round rainbow trout fishing and both spring and fall runs of steelhead with in 60 miles of Chico, CA. Each fishery is unique to itself and can provide a variety of settings and opportunities for catching trout or steelhead. Wading, fishing from a drift boat, swinging, nymphing, or fishing dries are all options depending on the season. Look below for the fishery that fits you and call today to experience one of these amazing fisheries.
Lower Yuba River -
This is a true hatch based western tailwater fishery. With strong hatches of varieties of stoneflies, caddis, and mayflies through most of the year these are strong, wild, and challenging fish. Spring is the best time for dry fly fishing but as fall salmon enter the river in September is a hard time to beat as the resident trout gorge themselves on salmon eggs. This is Hogan's home water and a must if you are going to fish with him. Best time is March - June and September - through Jan.
Lower Sacramento River -
With 80+ miles of fishable trout and steelhead water the "Lower Sac" is Northern California's crown jewel. Hogan specializes in the stretches between Anderson and Los Molinos. With great opportunity for both steelhead and trout below Red Bluff. On this big river the most productive method of fishing is indicator nymphing out of the drift boat. Great river for beginners or those that just wish to stay in the boat all day. Best time is March through December.
Lower Feather River -
The Feather River below Oroville Dam sees some of the biggest fall and spring runs of steelhead in the central valley. While this river is no secret there are stretches of the river that see much less pressure than others. Most of the fishing is with indicators but there are opportunities during the spring to swing flies. Best time for fall run steelhead is October through November and Spring run steelhead is best March through May.
North Fork of the Feather River -
One of the most under appreciated trout rivers in the North State the North Fork is typical PG&E run Nor Cal Free Stone river. I has a great population of wild trout with fish up to 20” and plenty in the 14-16” class. Great hatches of Golden Stones, Caddis, and all sorts of Mayflies including an early fall Isonychia hatch. This is a walk and wade fishery and the wading is challenging.
North Fork of the Yuba River -
A true Sierra freestone by all definitions, this a great river to get away to for a weekend. A great wild trout fishery with plenty of willing trout in the 12-14” range that eat both dry flies and nymphs. This is a walk and wade fishery and wading is average for most fit anglers.
Butte Creek -
Butte Creek is one of the hidden gems of Northern California. A tributary to the Lower Sacramento that runs through a beautiful wild canyon this creeks sits minutes from down town chico. This creek has a great native population of trout and sees a strong run of wild fall salmon and steelhead. The creek is open from Nov. 15 to Feb 15 for barbless catch and release fishing. Both float and walk and wade trips are available depending on flows.
Chico Small Streams -
Butte County is home to some amazing small stream fishing for trout. If you are just getting into fly fishing or want to put that new light line rod to use these streams offer the opportunity to throw dries and droppers to hungry 10-12” wild trout in beautiful mountain streams.