Friday (6/11), Lower Yuba River east of Marysville, California
I had a chance to fish with my friend, Dave Barbieri. He is a Lower Yuba River guide. With the flows well over 5000 cfs, trout fishing was out on the Highway 20 Bridge stretch, but fishing for American Shad below Daguerre Point Dam was an option even in high water. Normal Yuba River fishing flows are between 1000 and 1500 cfs.
Fishing pressure was rather light. Three jetboats were on river. Spread over 8 miles, there were plenty of spots for everyone.
Dave is unique since he is the only drift boat guide who has access below Daguerre Point. He also has a cool boat.
We landed over 40 shad. That number includes the LDRs. We also counted the shake offs after we touched our leaders. Shad are herring. Tarpon are herring. So tarpon tournament rules apply! Here's Dave's little male.
The "I'm Too Sexy for Shad" pose.
We pulled out 20 shad out of this one hole. It was nuts!
Me in the background having to touch a shad. Yuck. Shad stink!