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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 25, 2015 3C Greg Knight Quincy 13-10, but bounced end Friday at the Eagles Nest the second. Sports Editor back to sweep a pair of games and allowed Butte to pull to The Roadrunners scored Saturday, March 21, in within two games in the title three in the fifth, however, to Oroville, 7-1 and 6-2. Thechase with a 13-10 loss. make it 7-4 and then paraded In a weekend battle victories give FRC a That happened despite the nine runs across the plate in between the top two teams in four-game lead in the fact that the hosts jumped all the sixth inning to put the the Golden Valley conference standings as they over their guests early, in the game on ice. Butte sent 16 Conference, Feather River improved to 17-6 overall and contest, racing out to a 6-0 batters to the plate in that put more distance between 11-1 in league play. The lead through three innings, back-breaking sixth, had itself and its nearest Roadrunners fell to 11-11 on and they held a 7-1 marginseven hits and took competitor by taking two of the season and to 7-5 in the after four stanzas. Michael advantage of three Golden three games from Butte GVC. Sanderson had a three-run Eagle errors in the inning. College. The defending conference double during a three-run Eli Putnam had a three-run The Golden Eagles dropped champs saw their nine-gamefirst inning and added the series opener Friday in winning streak come to an another RBI two-bagger in See Baseball, page 5C Feather River College's Michael Sanderson smashes one to right field against the Butte Roadrunners at home last week. Photo by Greg Knight Springfishing is ahead of schedule in most local lakes Michael Condon Staff Writer If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles. --Doug Larson I used to fish all through the winter. And that was back in the days when we actually had real winter weather. I guess I have turned into a bit of a lightweight. I haven't :. i been fishing since fall. That is ' :" about to change. It is springtime. The streams won't open for fishing for a while yet, but the lakes are waking up and it's time to i hit the water. If you haven't done so already.., get your fishing " license. I like to get mine ~" i online at . ine-Sales. It is fast and easy, ' especially if you are a returning customer. You can print out a temporary license while you wait for the official doc to arrive in the marl. Next it's time to tune up : : your gear. Make sure your reels are cleaned and lubed. " Sharpen your hooks and . replace any rusted ones. Don't forget your fishing line. Most of us use monofilament fishing line. Even if you didn't use it much last season, time and the elements will take their toll. , If you fish frequently, you probably know to change your line at least once each season. And you know to change it anytime it is abraded, stiff or the color is fading due to exposure to UV sunlight. If you don't fish often and your gear is stored out of the elements (especially sunlight) you may be good for two years with a quality fishing line. But I would not go any longer than that. And if you really want to play it safe, get new fishing line each season. I change my fly lines less often. For starters, unlike monofilament fishing line, fly lines are rather expensive. With regular cleaning and proper storage they can last much longer. The key is keeping grit and dirt off the fly line. Run your fingers up and down the line. If you feel cracks in the line, it is time to replace it. Even if the line doesn't break, cracks in the surface will ruin the line's casting action. So where to fish? The beauty of living where we dp is that there are several options. Most years' winter snow limits our access this time of year. Unfortunately there is very little snow right now so access is good to all but the highest elevation lakes. Here are a few local lakes worth checking out: Lake Almanor Spring is the best time of year for catching large brown trout at Almanor. Most of the reports I have heard suggest the fishing is a little inconsistent. On one day and off the next. But a few of the more knowledgeable anglers have had pretty consistent success with the browns. One of those is local fishing guide Allen Shepard (596-3236). Allen is a longtime Almanor resident and spends a lot of time on the lake. He says the key is getting an early start and knowing where to fish. Allen suggests trolling black and white Rapalas. Some of the most reliable trolling lanes right now are near Lake Cove on the east shore and along the east side of the peninsula near the and brookies cruising the could show up sooner with place to get to. A-frame. The water entering shallows, this crazy weather. There is plenty of shoreline the lake at Hamilton Branch Trollers are picking up fish to explore around the lake. is on the muddy side and that Lake Davis by trolling slowly (less than Just make sure the roads are has reduced water clarity in Fishing is fair at Lake 1.5 mph) with a flasher and dry before you head out the east lobe of the lake. Davis, but it really seems to threaded worm rig. exploring. Driving on slick A few trollers are finding depend on which day you Bank anglers are finding muddy roads can be better fishing on the west side show up. One day the fishing some nice rainbows at Coothazardous and also damaging of the peninsula. There are is very good, the next day it Bay and Mallard Cove. For to the roads. large schools offish working can slow down considerably, current conditions call J&J The most productive bait the smelt balls from Rec. 2 even in the same place using Grizzly Store and Camping has still been nightcrawlers. north along the peninsula the same techniques. Resort at 832-0270. Try inflating your according to Doug Neal, of Fly anglers are doing best Almanor Fishing Adventures fishing midge nymphs about 3 Frenchman Lake nightcrawlers and fishing (258-6732). feet under an indicator. Use The hot spot for catching them about 3 feet off the I have not heard any small (size 18 to 22) darkfish at Frenchman continues bottom. specific reports, but I would midges under an indicator to be in the vicinity of the Call Wiggin's Trading Post expect some good action on dry fly. The larger blood dam. But that may have at 993-4683 for current lake rainbows for fly anglers. Try midges are probably still a something to do with the conditions and updates on the nymphs under indicators in few weeks away, but they fact that it is the easiest fishing conditions. the coves along the west shore. Butt Lake There are plenty of pond smelt in Butt Lake and the rainbows and browns are feeding on them. There are also plenty of midges hatching in the main lake according to Tom Maumoynier, of Lake Almanor Fly Fishing Co. in Chester. Smallmouth bass are moving into the shallow water. Fishing pressure has been very light. Remember that the powerhouse remains closed to fishing until the Saturday before Memorial Day. Antelope Lake The road to Antelope is free of snow, the lake is full and the trout are biting. Antelope is normally full of t0- to 14-inch planted trout during the summer. There have not been any plants yet this year so there may be a few less fish than later in the year but they will be larger and a bit more cautious. 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