Lower Yuba River

The Lower Yuba River flows from the dam at Englebright Lake to its confluence with the Feather River, just south of Marysville. It begins the journey in a rocky basin paralleled by steep canyon walls, a deep gorge otherwise known as the Narrows. The Yuba continues, winding its way west, down through canyons and over gravel beds until the landscape begins to flatten out just above the Parks Bar Bridge (Highway 20). From here, the river parallels the highway for the next 20 miles or so as it makes its way to the Feather. About seven miles below the bridge stands the Daguerre Point Dam. Built in the early 1900’s to prevent hydraulic mining debris from washing into the Feather River, it now acts as an obstacle to boats and anadromous fish alike. With its healthy wild Rainbow population, and steelhead in the fall, it’s no wonder the Yuba is a favorite with many fly anglers. In addition, the river below Daguerre Point Dam supports other anadromous species including American Shad and Striped Bass.

Current River Conditions

River Information

Wild Rainbow trout are found in the river all year with steelhead and salmon making their way upriver to spawn in the fall. Those familiar with the Yuba know this is a great time to be on the water. The number of fish that come back to spawn each year isn't that spectacular but the fact that they are in the river is enough to get the resident trout looking for the egg. Although hatchery steelhead were formerly planted in the lower Yuba River, the river has been managed for natural steelhead production since the 1980’s and currently supports one of the most popular wild steelhead and Rainbow trout fisheries in California

Yuba River Trout

“ Yuba River Native ”

Fishing Regulations

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Important Steelhead Requirements

Suggested Gear

  • #5 - #6 weight rod, 9' - 9'6" length
  • Matching reel with moderate drag
  • Floating lines for most trout fishing situations:

Suggested Fly Patterns

  • Swing Caddis
  • Bird of Prey
  • Speroni's Beatis Nymph
  • San Juan Worm
  • BH Pheasant Tail
  • Burk's HBI
  • Hogan's Military May PMD
  • Hogan's S&M Nymph
  • Double Dutch Bug (George's favorite)
  • Fat Albert
  • Speroni's March Brown
  • Carter's OCD Caddis