AUBURN, Calif. -

As California's drought persists and water levels dip to historically low levels, gold prospectors are taking to Northern California rivers hoping to spot something shiny.
   
The Sacramento Bee reports that calling it a gold rush might be a stretch, but unusually low rivers are opening up areas of Placer County that haven't been touched by man in decades, if not over a century.
   
James Hutchings, Sacramento chapter president of the Gold Prospectors Association of America, tells the newspaper that flakes - possibly even nuggets - that normally would be submerged might be available.
   
Over the weekend, truck driver Michael Albin came away with a gold chip in his pan about one-fourth the size of a pea.
   
He says that's enough to keep him coming back for more.