Hunting Fishing

Think you could handle ‘combat fishing’ on the Feather River?

Anglers flock to 'combat fishing' zone in Oroville

Every year, fall-run Chinook salmon run up the Feather River to spawn. Near the end of their journey, they congregate in an oxygen-rich deep pool fed with water from the Thermalito Afterbay, a small reservoir below Oroville Dam. Here, anglers gath
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Every year, fall-run Chinook salmon run up the Feather River to spawn. Near the end of their journey, they congregate in an oxygen-rich deep pool fed with water from the Thermalito Afterbay, a small reservoir below Oroville Dam. Here, anglers gath

Every year, fall-run Chinook salmon run up the Feather River to spawn. Near the end of their journey, they congregate in an oxygen-rich deep pool fed with water from the Thermalito Afterbay, a small reservoir below Oroville Dam.

Here, anglers gather by the hundreds to catch them. The close-quarters action is sometimes disparagingly called “combat fishing.”

Watch the video to see what a quiet Tuesday afternoon looks like at what north state anglers call “The Outlet.”

It can be even busier on the weekends.

Ryan Sabalow: 916-321-1264, @ryansabalow

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