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2C Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Many area streams, Michael Condon Staff Writer, Give a man a fish and he has food for a day; teach him how to fish and you can get rid of him for the entire weekend. --Zenna Schaffer Stream opener Many area streams open to fishing this Saturday. Streams flowing into Lake Almanor, Butt Lake and Lake Davis remain closed for another month. Be sure to check the fishing regulations before you head out. You can find the regulations online at I usually don't get real excited about the stream opener. In a normal year, the snowmelt has the creeks running too high and too muddy to be worth fishing. But this year there is hardly any snowpack or runoff. That does not bode well for fishing in the long run, but it does mean that the stream fishing this weekend should be very good. The unseasonably warm weather also means we should start seeing some good fly hatches. But I will probably stick to nymphs this weekend as good dry fly hatches are still a few weeks off. Caribou Crossroads will be hosting its ninth annual opening day tournament this year. This is a great family event with prizes in both adult and child categories. There is 100 percent payout from the $5 entry fee. Organizers are also hosting a big pancake breakfast as part of the event. You f'md out more about the Crossroads at Lake Almanor Lake Almanor is the place to be right now. Water temperature has risen into the 50- to 55-degree range, which is ideal for trout. Water clarity is also very good. , The lake is not bank full but it appears to be down only a few feet, which is much better than many north state lakes. In past years Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has done a very good job of maintaining the lake levels until after Labor Day. That may be more of a challenge this year, but for now there is plenty of water. Doug Neal of Almanor Fishing Adventures is finding plenty of action on the east side of the Peninsula from Rec 1 to the A-Frame. Other anglers I talked to are finding some nice fish along the west shore. Anglers report a mix of browns and rainbows with fish running from 12 to 24 inches. Speedy Shiners in silver and blue, silver Needlefish and black-and-white Rapalas are all effective lures. They work best trolled a bit on the fast side, between 2 and 3 mph. Nightcrawlers behind flashers are also picking up some fish. Try trolling those a bit slower. Doug suggests trolling the usual spots: Hamilton Branch, the east shorenorth of Lake Cove, Bailey Springs, Fox Farm and Almanor West. In other words, the fishing is good pretty much all around the lake right now. The fish are still in pretty shallow. I would start trolling about 15 feet deep and as the sun hits the water gradually work out to about 30 feet deep. I suggest fly anglers check out Goose Bay just north of Almanor West. I overlooked this area for years thinking it was too shallow and too warm for trout. That may be true in the middle of summer. But in spring the shallow water is great habitat for aquatic insects the trout love. especially damselflies. And the water temperature is just fine this time of year. Don't overlook the smallmouth bass. The smallies were in shallow a few weeks ago in preparation for spawning. Then the unsettled weather caused them to move off of the spawning beds and back to See Fishing, page 3C Chester wins second match of season Jer White putts for a birdie on the 17th hole at Graeagle Meadows last week. White, along with teammate Wyatt Durkin, shot a 92. Freshman Sawyer Durkin was the low scorer, shooting an 89 to help the Vols to another win over Quincy, Greenville and Portola with a team score of 472. Photo by Greg Knight Jaress. When in d0000ubt, try to hit the firm sho00- PRO'S CORNER JON JARESS PGA PROFESSIONAL DIRECTOR OF GOLF NAKOMA GOLF RESORT Have you ever been standing in the middle of the fairway wondering, "Should I hit the firm 9-iron or the easy 8?" Conditions being normal, we're faced with both bunkers front and back, and with that pesky Water lurking on the left. "Let's see, if I hit 9 well it should be enough. On the other hand, if I hit the 8 there's a little wiggle room for error." Is there? More often than not, players seem to choose the 8, with the thought being, "I can get away with a not-so-perfect shot." In reality, it's much harder to ease into a shot than it is to be aggressive. Frequently, players will get out of their comfort zone when the thought of playing for the miss creeps into their mind. Remember, changing our swing thought is not a practiced act, and more likely than not will result in a bad shot. Now, let's look at the firm 9-iron and take thefear away of the obstacles presented. Knowing we need to make solid contact to make the shot. let's change our thought process on what's in front of us. Take the bunker that protects the front of the green. All we really need to do is negotiate the correct yardage to clear it. Usually, the pin will be a minimum of 10 yards behind the bunker, giving us that wiggle room we're looking for. By doing this we also take one of the obstacles out of play: the back bunker. Remember, striking the shot with max power will make the ball flight higher, generating more ball spin. No, I have not forgotten about the lurking lake on the left. -Always remember that when being more aggressive we tend to pull the shot; hence if we're a right-handed player it brings that little gem in play. Any time we try to hit the ball a little harder than normal, we use more upper body, which will make the ball track more to the left. Think of a driving lower body when being aggressive. This will help straighten out the shot. I also like to aim a few yards right of my target. This would be reverse for those left-handed players. Just remember, play for the solid shot not the miss. Jon Jaress is the PGA head golf professional at Nakoma Golf Resort and Spa in Clio. To inquire about private lessons or ask him a question, email jjaress, SOFTBALL, from page 1C Travens scored Danielle Ortiz and Kaitlyn Folkers on a two-RBI double, Travens scored on an RBI single from Alyssa Hethcoat, and Hethcoat and sophomore Mattea Belmonte reached on a two-RBI double from Kayla Mitchell. The trio of Ortiz, Travens and Hethcoat scored again in the fourth to put the game away at 8-0. The big story of the game, however, came from the pitcher's mound as freshman Morgan Greene, a standout from Damonte Ranch High School in Reno, pitched a nearly perfect one-hitter, facing 17 batters for Shasta. Game 2 Shasta 13, FRC 4 If the Lady Golden Eagles thought they were going to walk away with a twinbill victory, the Lady Knights had other plans as they rallied past a 4-2 deficit in favor of FRC in the fourth, taking on 11 more runs through the seventh -- including a three-RBI homer by Knight batter Noelle Blake in the top of the fifth. Spring Special! s95 Play All Day s65 After 3pm' Through May 21st Whitehawk Ra Golf Club 530.836-0394 For the Eagles, Belmonte, Womer, Ortiz and Travens scored off double RBIs by both Travens and Annie Enos, who smashed the two-run double late in the inning. Sophomore Day The team and fans honored the three sophomores on the team with a brief ceremony between games. Belmonte. Womer and Schatzel have all played two years at Feather River and. according to head coach Meredith Aragon, have contributed to the growing success of the program. "The three sophomores have dedicated many hours of hard work and effort to this program and will always be a part of the FRC family," Aragon wrote on the FRC website. Belmonte currently holds a 3.97 GPA as a liberal arts and general studies major at Feather River. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and was recently voted onto the North Academic All-State team. Belmonte has been the starting shortstop for FRC for the past two years and this season she has a career high on-base percentage of .466. "Over the past two years Mattea has been one of the hardest working players this field has ever seen," Aragon added. "We are very confident she will carry this work ethic forward into life and become a very successful young woman." Aragon,added that Womer, with her speed, has set the bar high at Feather River. She currently stands with a .430 batting average and a ,521 on-base percentage and leads the team with 20 stolen bases. During her freshman year, Sydney was voted Second Team All-Conference as an outfielder and was a 2014 March Madness All-Tournament player. "Sydney has developed leaps and bounds as a ball player and as an individual." Aragon wrote. "Sydney is a general studies major here at Feather River and plans to continue her education at a university pursuing a career in music." Schatzel, Aragon added, has been an essential part of the team for the past two seasons: she currently holds the lowest ERA on the team and with her unique pitching style she has unintentionally created many slang words. nicknames and new softball jargon. Schatzel is a liberal arts and film studies major and plans to continue her education at Sacramento State. She is also a part of the AAA baseball team River Cats Cat Crew.