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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, April 16, 2014 7C Spring fishing season begins Michael Condon Staff Writer "Everyone should believe in something; I believe I'll go fishing." --Henry David Thoreau News year's resolutions are a big deal. They provide a sort of course correction for our hectic lives. This annual ritual, by virtue of our collective commitment, improves not just our own lives, but also makes this world a better place; at least in theory. The promises we make small challenge. Life can get in the way of fishing. I retired from a full-time (and then some) career a few years back. But the long-anticipated free time was quickly filled by a part-time job, some new hobbies and an unending list of household projects. And then there are the two new granddaughters within the past 20 months. Given a choice between spending time with my granddaughters and going fishing, the granddaughters will win every time. So I need to focus more on those other choices this year. If I am serious about fishing more (one outing a week sounds reasonable), I need to commit to fewer chores around the homestead and a bit less time at work. I can do that. J Robert Paulson, of Meadow Valley, holds up the 23-pound Mackinaw he caught at Bucks Lake on April 6. Photo submitted range from quitting osprey and grebes have smoking, to more dieting returned and abundant and exercise, to more hours Lake Almanor insect hatches are attracting spent volunteering. Each Fly anglers are picking up hungry fish along the east year, on the first day of some nice rainbows fishing shore. January we get a new start, the west shore coves. Bait Doug has been fishing It's a bit like a real-life anglers are scoring along the between the Dorado Inn and mulligan, causeway east of Chester.nearby Lake Cove. His I like to take a slightly Boat anglers are picking up clients have been catching a different approach. I don't mix of mostly browns, a few mix of browns, a few waste time on Jan. 1 rainbows and an occasional rainbows and at least one resolutions, king salmon along the east king salmon every day. I wait for the beginning of shore. Mostly the fish are spring fishing season. Smallmouth bass are off average to above-average What I do share with so the points and drop-offs,size, with one recent brown many other resolution Tom Maumoynier of Lake hitting the 9-pound mark. makers is that I tend to Almanor Fly Fishing Co. While the east shore has make the same resolution reports the lake is fishing been kicking out some nice every year. And like so well and getting better as the fish, the area along the east many others, the water temperature rises, side of the peninsula from implementation of my Tom says the rainbows areRec 1 to A-Frame would be a resolution tends to fall short feeding on midges and pond great place to start. The of my expectations, smelt, sonar is showing loads of Like years past, this year If you are looking for fish in that area, and fewer. my commitment to Tom's shop, he has moved insects hatching compared improving my life, and by one block east from his old to the east shore. extension making this world location on Main Street in Doug says to expect some a better place in my own Old Town Chester. He is aggressive feeders in this small way, is to go fishing across the street from area because there is likely more. Bodfish Bicycles and Quiet more competition for the Yep; more time on the Mountain Sports. available feed. water is my own small Doug Neal of Lake The radio traffic on the contribution to making the Almanor Fishing lake (marine band channel world a happier place. Adventures is one of the 69) indicates that not But spending time where I Almanor's top trolling everybody is catching fish. would most like to be is no experts. Doug says the Doug recommends make annual resolutions now changing your trolling rig if you are not hooking up. Try fast-action lures like Speedy Shiners or Needlefish. If that isn't working switch to a crawler behind a dodger and reduce the trolling speed. Butt Lake Fishing pressure is very light. Trollers are picking up a few fish with fast-action lures and fly anglers are scoring with blood red midges. The powerhouse inlet, normally the hot spot on the lake, is closed until the Saturday before Labor Day. Lake Davis The fishing at Davis continues to be very good and the lake gets a little busy on the weekends. Fly anglers are scoring by fishing nymphs under indicators. I love the term "indicator." For fly fishers, this can mean anything from a dry fly that is visible while the nymph is suspended below it, or some sort of foam concoction that is really just a bobber in disguise. Stream fishing Fly fishers have a certain Most area streams are still ethic and sensibility when it closed, but the Feather River comes to fishing that makes offers some options if you the idea of a bobber rather prefer stream fishing. distasteful. Lower Feather River -- If Using an "indicator" is a you are willing to take the nice work-around, drive down the Feather But when a fish takes your River Canyon, the spring offering under the water steelhead are starting to where you can't see it, and show on the lower Feather something attached td that River in and around same line, floating on the Oroville. surface, shows you what is The best reports are happening.., that is a coming from the low flow bobber, section below the Highway Some like to call a bobber 70 bridge. This section of on a fly line a "bobicator" as ' river can be accessed though that somehow gives through the OroviUe them a pass from the bobber Wildlife Area. Try pond syndrome, smelt imitations, egg That eases the pain just a patterns or caddis nymphs. little bit. But come on. Get Middle Fork Feather River over yourself. An indicator -- Local guide Jon Baiocchi is really just a bobber in (Baiocchi's Troutfitters, disguise. 228-0487) fished the Middle And if it helps catch fish ... Fork recently. Jon found the go with it. best fishing once the water Like many fly anglers, my warmed up to about 53 first experience fishing with degrees, He expects the a fly was attaching it behind fishing to improve as the a bobber on my spinning rod water warms to the 55- to so I could cast it out where I 60-degree range. Jon says the needed to get it. Worked like native trout of the Middle a charm. Fork are adapted to the Below that indicator, higher temperatures often found in this river and they bobicator, bobber or whatever you like to call it, tend to be a bit sluggish try fishing with a pheasant while the water is still very tail, hare's ear or prince cold form the snow melt. nymph when the sun is off Hare's ears nymphs, the water, mayfly nymphs and Copper The east side of the lake is Johns are all productive. most productive and fish are Split shot and weighted flies running between i6 and 22 are essential as most takes inches in length, are near the river bottom, according to Jon. Frenchman Lake For other area streams Fishermen from near and you will have to wait until far are hiving great luck at the last Saturday in April Frenchman Lake. Bank unless those streams flow anglers are catching into Lake Almanor, Butt rainbows using worms and Lake or Lake Davis. Those Berkley Gulp Eggs. streams do not open until Anglers are catching fish the Saturday before up to 3-1/2 pounds and limits Memorial Day. The late openings are are not uncommon. Call Wiggin's Trading Post intended to make sure the for the best information on rainbow trout are not the fishing and current lake disturbed during the conditions; 9 jt fi .... spawning season. Nick Fiegener, an athlete born in Chester and raised there through the fifth grade, took first place at the national high school wrestling competition held at Virginia Beach, Va., on March 28 - 30. In the March 19 Sports and Recreation section, it was reported that Fiegener placed first in his weight class in the California state championship. Since then, Fiegener continued to win match after match. At the national championship, Fiegener pinned the two-time Oregon state champion and the New York state champion to make it to the finals. Fiegener beat Florida's state champion in the finals with a score of 5-3. 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