If those are of the same area (I think they are) then it looks almost the same. That's not to infer that it looks good but considering the lack of rainfall I guess it's a good thing it isn't completely dry.
I have not been there since 1981 and back then I didn't fish in it because it was 'too large of a river'. I had been fishing small streams and rivers across the Wyoming - Montana - Idaho area and when I saw The American River it looked like the Mississippi to me. It really was a big river just like many others I remember from the 80's. I was able to spend 4 to 5 weeks each summer out there and never realized the changes that would come. Back then I thought I had missed 'The Good Old Days' but as it turned out I was able to be part of them.