It seems surreal, but the fabled Shanghai Falls on Northern California’s Feather River have collapsed and disappeared!
I’d been hearing rumors of this lately, but apparently, they’ve been confirmed. The horseshoe shaped drop of clay just downstream of the Yuba River’s confluence wore out and caved in on itself last month and now there’s nothing left but a narrow chute.
The areas immediately above and below Shanghai Falls were popular shad, salmon and striper fishing spots and the rapids themselves were a really unique feature smack in the middle of the very flat Sacramento Valley.
I have not been up there yet to see what’s left, but you can kinda get a look in the news story in the Appeal-Democrat though the photos don’t show much.
Finally, some good news from the California salmon scene! The Feather River is loaded with kings this year and they should have no problem reaching spawning escapement here! Maybe a sign of better times ahead!
Here’s what the DFG is saying…
Healthy returns of both spring and fall run Chinook salmon are expected when the Feather River Hatchery opens the spawning holding pen gate Wednesday. The hatchery gate is scheduled to open at 9 a.m. on Sept. 15. Based on observation of the number of salmon holding in the river below the hatchery, an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 fish are likely to return to the hatchery over the next few weeks. They will be spawned in the hatchery over the next two months. Click here to read more…
He’s normally guiding deer hunts on a private ranch in the Bay Area (yes, you heard that right), but Josh Peixoto of JP Guide Service also likes to put a bend in the ol’ rod from time to time. On Saturday, he caught this nice king salmon on a backtrolled Kwikfish while fishing with me on the Feather River.
As if just catching a king in California this year wasn’t reward enough, Josh is also entered into our August Hawg of the Month Contest in which he’ll battle it out with other anglers for a shot at a free fishing trip. Learn more about the contest HERE.
Bottom line: Yes, there will be king salmon fishing allowed on the American, Feather and Sacramento rivers…but it will be more limited than in the pre-crash days.
Here’s a look at the seasons…Click here to read more…