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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, April 8, 2015 3C April is Michael Condon Staff Writer mcondon@plu The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope. --John Buchan Lake trout, also called Mackinaw, are a big draw this time of year. They are by far the largest of our local fish. Fish over 10 pounds are pulled from local waters every year. And they are easiest to catch from ice-out to mid-spring. Already this season Jacob Capp caught a 14-pound lake trout at Bucks Lake and Hans Mulgraber pulled an ll-pounder from Gold Lake. Lake trout, like brook, are classified as char, which are closely related to, but different from, true trout. The differences between trout and char are so minor that they are of no consequence to the angler. (I suspect the fish aren't too interested either.) prime lime for trout Lake trout thrive in cold and oxygen-rich waters. For that they need large deep lakes. They are an introduced species and are found locally in Gold Lake along the Phunas/Sierra county line and also in Bucks Lake. While most trout prefer water in the mid-50-degree range, lake trout prefer water in the low 40-degree range. Water in that temperature range can be found near shore this time of year and so can the forage fish the lake trout feed on. Later in the year as the water warms, lake trout will head to the very deep colder water. That is why the lake trout are easier to locate and catch this time of year. Lake trout feed mostly on other fish. The best lures are those that imitate the fish they feed on. In Bucks Lake that can be anything from pond smelt to kokanee salmon and rainbows. In Gold Lake, the rainbow trout are a favorite [bod. Big swim baits and plugs are consistent fish catchers. A nightcrawler trolled behind a dodger can also be very effective. Try trolling in 15 to 20 feet of water early in the m.orning. As the sun hit the water and the surface temperature starts to rise drop your gear down to 30 to 40 feet deep. A fiS h finder is very helpful in finding the most appropriate depth. Lake trout will tend to be close to shore this time of year but that is only because that is where their feed is. Generally speaking, lake trout will roam open water. Once you locate them, keep fishing that area as they tend to stay in the same general location. Lake trout are slow growing and slow to reach sexual maturity. Large breeding fish are a very vahmble resource. And they are not the greatest table fair. They should be released carefully to best sustain the resource. A reminder ... Rainbow trout are spring spawners. The ones you find in open water are probably done spawning. But the rainbows nears springs, creekmouths and shallow gravel beds are spawning. Nobody wants to be bothered in the middle of such personal business. I am sure the fish feel the same way. Give them plenty of space. Do not harass spawning fish. There are plenty of other fish to target right now. Hans Mulgraber holds his 11-pound, 29-inch lake trout he caught at Gold Lake. Hans was" trolling a minnow imitation between 30 and 40 feet deep. Photo submitted GOLF RESULTS Mt. Huff Golf Course Another great week at Mt. Huff and the Wednesday Morning Scramble on April 1 was no April Fool's. A great turnout gave us three teams tied for first place at 7 under par. First place team No. 1 included Jeff Stevens, John Hackett, Lance Pixler and Gary Gosney. First place team No. 2 winners were Matt Rutledge, Ralph Cote and Robert Turcotte. The third team qualifiers were Ron Carter, Ted Trafton, Gary Metzdorf and Ron Christenson. Closest to the pin was won by Greg Stevens; Ted Trafton nailed the chip-in. Thursday evening, April 2, was much cooler, but it didn't chill spirits. In first place at 7 under par was the team of Dave Simms, Tracy Simms, Jeff Stevens and Greg Stevens. Two teams tied for second place at 5 under par. The first group was made up of members Darel Joseph, Dick Grace and Gary Metzdorf. The second group was Jim Bryant, Kelly Cooper, Robert Turcotte and Ralph Cote. Paul Ithurburn scored closest to the pin on the fourth hole and Robert Turcotte aced it on the seventh. To have golf results and club news included in this weekly section, email the information to by Friday at 3p.m. Golf courses open Golf course Date Bailey Creek April 10 Graeagle Meadows First week in April Grizzly Ranch April 24 Lake Almanor West April 8 Mt. Huff Open now Nakoma Golf Resort April 24 Plumas Pines Golf April 17 Whitehawk Ranch Golf April 24 FROM THE SPORTS DESK GREG KNIGHT Sports Writer Fore[ In what will likely be the shortest sports column I have ever written or will ever write, I want to let you know it is the distinct pleasure of Feather Publishing to welcome a weekly golf column by Nakoma Golf Resort and Spa's resident golf professional, Jon Jaress. Starting in the April 15 edition, Jaress will share a weekly look into the golf scene in Plumas County, as well as his perspectives, tips and thoughts. I am sure all of our golfing readers will find the new column a source of helpful information and exciting inspiration as the courses warm up for spring play. very Special in so Many ways into Action at the West Golf Course hours 9mn-4pm Sub iect to change due to weather or frost Honored as the 5th Friendliest Golf Staff in the U. S. and the 9th Top Golf Course in California in 2014 by C0urse Opens Thursday, April 16 (weather permitting) $60 PlayAII Day Available Until May 21 Longboards opens Thursday, April 30 $85 Golf & Dinner April 30 to May 21 PLUMAS PINES GOLF RESORT 530 836-1420 402 Poplar Valley Road Graeagle, Ca