It’s not just about the lakes and trout streams. With the ever falling flows in the valley rivers, the salmon and steelhead redds are in big trouble.
If you care to actually view what’s going on statistically, you can go here:
Dreamflows Realtime Report
For those not familiar with all of these waters, the number of low ( shown in yellow ) flows might not seem like a big deal if you’re thinking of them in the terms of this being winter and a lot of the water content would normally be locked up in snow pack.
Three points, there is next to no snow pack this year in many areas.
A good number of these rivers and streams are not snow fed but are rain charged systems.
With few exceptions most of these rivers and streams are very low, even for winter flows.
The Lower Sacramento is running around 2,900 cfs, the Feather in the upper middle river is running around 700 cfs, the American below Natoma is running in the low 500's and the Yuba at its mouth is running around 525 cfs and it looks like you could skip across it.
Even with the super shallow draft of a lightly loaded drift boat, it’s gettin' pretty sporty out here.
I haven’t seen a jet boat operating in the upper - middle river in quite a while and jets in that area are far more common than drift boats. If you’re trailering a boat up here, best check on flows for the section you intend to run and ramp conditions. Some are high and dry or blocked by sand bars. Lots of old pilings, sand bars and snags blocking traditional lanes, rocks and clay heads that haven’t been seen in years are making an appearance.