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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 26, 2014 3C FISHING REPORT from page 2C with old friends. But what I really enjoy is learning how a particular fishery responds to changing conditions: learning the patterns. For me this means fishing close to home and fishing the same water over and over so I can learn how it responds to seasonal variations. This year offers a set of conditions unlike anything we have seen in a long time. The last time we had a winter anything like this was back in 1976 and '77 when I fn'st moved to Plumas County. So this warm and dry winter presents a new set of challenges and opportunities for the angler. It is a new puzzle to solve. I am not feeling good about the condition of our streams this year, but since stream fishing is still a ways off, let's. worry about that later and concentrate on the lakes for UOW. The biggest difference is early access. Lakes that would only be accessed on skis or snowmobiles this time of year are easy to drive to. Early spring fishing can be outstanding. This year getting to your favorite spot early is much easier. The Mackinaw are feeding in shallow water. Rainbow trout are in spawning mode. Fishing from shore, whether with flies, bait or hardware, is at its best in the early spring. If it's big browns you like, they are on the move this time of year too. In the past few years lake levels have been fairly high. This has been great for the fish. There has been plenty of feed and shallow water cover. While that is great for the fish, it can make for some tough fmhing. My guess is that the more abundant feed and cover coupled with lower mortality probably have the fish populations in our local lakes at very high levels. But this year there is less water. When you consider the take its toll on our local fisheries. Fish will become lethargic and we anglers will have to give some thought to when it's best to leave vulnerable fisheries alone so we don't contribute to excessive mortality. I am not looking forward to la fishing. But for now we have some great opportunities to take advantage of. Surface temperatures will continue to increase slowly as the weather warms This will make the fish more active over the next several weeks, so the best is yet to come. Imke Almanor The Almanor spring brown trout bite is on, according to Bryan Roccucci of Big Daddy's Guide Service. This can be some ofthe moet exciting fishing of the year. The mild spring conditions have these fish in spring mode. Bryan reports outstanding fishing with fish running from 3 to 6 pounds. There have been a few tough days on the water in which weather and water conditions have made for tough fishing, but overall the bite has been good. In addition to the browns, Bryan has been seeing a few really nice rainbows and a few smallmouth bass. Anglers who have been targeting srnallies and rainbows are reporting decent results. Doug Nesl of Almanor Fishing Adventures reports some insect activity starting in the warmer and shallower water, mostly around Lake Cove on the east shore, the west side of the Peninsula from Bunell Point to Rec. 2 and the Almanor West area. Aquatic insect events will get fish more active as insect larvae are packed with protein, which converts to energy quickly. Doug says the water clarity is improving but he still likes trelling with an attractor to grab the fishes' attention. The Silver Prism, with halfa crawler 12 inches back, trolled some nice fish. Salmon have been hitting fast -action lures like l/6-ounce Speedy Shiners in nickel hammer finish, or Fire Tiger. Lake Davis Lake Davis is returning to its status as one of the premier fishing destinations not just in Plumas County, but in the entire state. Fish populations were returning back to normal last year. Then there was the news of Hexagenia mayflies becoming established in the lake. These large protein-packed morsels are making for even fatter trout than before. The snow that would normally surround the lake this time of year is gone. Anglers can drive in to their favorite spots. Fly fishers have been doing especially we]/. The rainbows are actively cruising the shallow coves. The east side of the lake is fmhing especially well. Jon Baiocchi of Baiocchi's Troutfitters reported seeing some early blood midges and damselflies. He reports that Callibaetis nymphs and pheasant tails are the flies of choice right now. The almoon fishing is decent, but ffyou want a treat, stay until the sun goes down. The fmh just before dark can be very exciting. Frenchman Reservoir Bank fishing all around the lake has been good and trollers are doing well too. Big Cove, Snallygaster and Turkey Point have been the hot spots. Anglers are hooking up with rainbows to 16 inches using PowerBait and worms floated off the bottom. Bob Parry, the resident fishing guide, says that the fish are in spawning mode now and can be found in the shallow waters near the stream entrances. Call Wiggin's Trading Post for the latest conditions: FRC softball loses at home Amber Casner knocks one out for an RBI during Feather River College's second game of a doubleheader against Lassen on March 21. This was the first day the Eagles played at home all season. The Lady Eagles lost the first game 2-1 and the second 12-3. The next day FRC hosted Shasta and lost 13-5 and 8-0 for the team's 12th straight loss. The Eagles" record I dropped to 2-21 overall and 1-9 in conference play. Photo by James Wilson [ J "Cole" is an unaltered male lab-chesapeake bay retriever. He's about 3 years old and would do well as an only dog as he is dog selective. "Skip" is a domestic short hair gray Tabby. He is 5 years old and neutered. He is de-clawed and needs to be an indoor cat only. His is a BIG LOVE! Shelter hours are Monday, Wednesday S Friday 8om-5pm. Salurday by appointment only W. Ancl ck)sed Tuesdov Thu=y and Sunday Plumm Animal Sewices charge; a $10 fee and .. license fees are $15 per year. An officer will deliver a pet to the odopling parly's velerinory of choice to have lhe animal altered in completion of  adoplton requirement, For more infor- past few years collectively, slowly, has been producing 993-4683. maflon, call 283-3673 or visit countyoumas.com or pemnders.com. wO what we are in for this year is more fish competing for less Sponsored by: IJ INCY t **-% feed in less habitat. That can [ U R I T ESTOI . j, IEART ATTI 9.Rt.hdRh Yourlocal, downtown full setvi;pacy ,ml i ...  that g Teaznmm  mm, I """ "-"" including veterinary compounding '-[0 l-mJgmp-r'wmmreameyurrlmkfaheartattaek, mtrIm, l =  m I b m,d ao.u.. .Kl_ _.aa _.u2_._o h*-.*.mmd..y I -- I m .ta.e mjun_u,  --mTUl-tm,Z .Ow  .mamq I laelatmfgf, mflmtaaUaleOmltemmtimm, nomeaOrl    [ .eo3..uuttl ]P0r. cage .il.m:l....r woL We .wagti_ law _oeLIY_ I I m tuna, nut mmocmte rata mwyera ttmiqimnt the U.R: ,  .__.....os.o   Quincy, RotarF's 13 "Annual ,------- I'8()OTHEA6LiI m Goff To t , , urnamen Saturday, May 3, 2014 ,.4 ATT]KNTION PLUMAS PINES GOLF COURSE * GRAEAfiLE URGENT NEWS IF You USED TESTOSTERONE HEART ATTACK or STROKE? make for some very good fishing. This will play out a little differently at each lake. But it will*pay offto consider how these factors have affected your favorite lake and what that means in terms of how best to fish that lake. I suspect the spring fishing will be excellent. 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