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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, April 22, 2015 3C Outdoor rec program to hold gear sale This Saturday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feather River College's outdoor recreation leadership program will host the 10th annual used gear sale. The sale will occur across from Quincy Natural Foods, on the lawn at the co-op's learning center. Organizers say outdoor gear donated from the community and the ORL gear room will be available at "highly affordable" prices. They promise the sale will be a great place to browse for equipment and outdoor clothing for those looking to expand their gear closet or try a new outdoor activity. Coffee, doughnuts, pizza and drinks will also be for sale. All profits will support student scholarships in the ORL program. For more information contact Michael Pero at 805-390-5145 or, Tristan Kadish at 707-502-9785 or takadish@, Zach Carstens at 616-0925 or zbleech_1011 or Jeff Carlin at Trol t season opens this weekentJ The general trout opener in many Counties throughout California will commence Saturday, April 25, one hour before sunrise. Because of the popularity of this annual event with the angling public, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is making every effort to stock trout in all accessible waters approved for planting prior to the season opener. Lingering winter conditions and this year's unprecedented drought could play a major role in determining how many rivers, creeks, lakes and reservoirs can be stocked before April 25. Most lakes, rivers and streams have a limit of five trout per day and 10 in possession. However, regulations differ on season opening and closing dates, bag limits, minimum and maximum size limits, and gear restrictions. See Trout, page 5C Paddle Palooza this weekend Feather River College's outdoor recreation leadership students will be presenting Plumas Paddle Palooza on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oakland Camp swimming hole. While there, participants will be able to paddle many types of human-powered watercraft. This family:friendly free' event is appropriate for all ages and people can drop in anytime to play around with whitewater kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, sea kayaks, canoes and rafts of all sizes, including pack rafts. There will be activities such as throw-rope contests, raft flipping drills, SUP yoga and more. Participants can also work on their kayak roll with roll session instructors throughout the day. A free barbecue and prize A variety of human-powered paddle craft will be provided for ' all ages at Feather River College's 2015 Paddle Palooza this Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oakland Camp swimming hole. Photo submitted giveaway will also take place at the event. The outdoor recreation and leadership program is supported in part by the California Department of Boating and Waterways and this event is one way to share important safety messages about boating with the public. All equipment is provided. Those who plan to get wet should wear noncotton clothing and bring a chang e of clothes. For more information or to ask questions about the event contact Daniel Welborn at 927-8311. FISHING, from page 2C deeper water. Now they are back in the shallow water and bass anglers are hooking up in the flats near the North Shore Campground, Gould Swamp and Fox Farm. Frenchman Lake Turkey Point is the hot spot and nightcrawlers are the hot bait, according to Richard Wiggin of Wiggin's Trading Post. Richard reports limits, some caught in less than two hours, offish in the 13- to 20-inch range. Anglers are also getting some nice rainbows on PowerBait and salmon eggs. The dam is another productive area to,fish. Late morning is when the fishing seems to be best. The campground opens April 17. And Last Chance Creek below the lake opens Saturday, April 25. Call Wiggin's Trading Post (993-4683) for current lake conditions and updates on the fishing. Butt Lake I love the solitude at Butt Lake this time of year. If you like a little elbow room while you are fishing this is the place to be. Butt Lake is home to some very nice rainbows and brown trout. There are also lots of smallmouth bass and they are in the shallows right now. Butt does not seem to have returned to its former glory days before the lake was drained and the dam repaired back in 1996. I remember some real hogs being caught in the 1970s and '80s. Butt Lake is fairly shallow with lots of aquatic vegetation providing habitat for all sorts of critters that fish prey upon. The trout grow fat and sassy in a hurry. There do not seem to be as many of the really big trout of years past. I don't know for sure what changed, but I do know that I see far more Sacramento pikeminnow (once known as squawfish). I suspect the pikeminnow not only compete for the same food but also prey on the juvenile trout. Don't expect the fish and game folks to intervene because the pikeminnow is a native fish; that's a claim that can't be made for all of the trout. While it may not produce the monster trout of years past, Butt Lake still has plenty of very nice fish and some beautiful lakeside campsites. It remains one of my favorite places to fish. Fly anglers should use midge imitations or small streamers that resemble pond smelt (white with a thin black back). Jansen minnows are one of the best. I like to tie my pond smelt flies with a small red marabou tag near the head. I don't know if that gives the image of an injured fish or it just adds a bit of color attraction. But it seems to work. And at the risk of offending my fly fishing purist friends, I will even add a couple drops of attractant to the fly on occasion. (There are days when you need all the help you can get.) Black-and-white Rapalas will work well for trollers and spin fishers. The most popular spot to fish on Butt Lake is the channel leading to the outflow from the powerhouse the mouth of Butt Creek. This channel remains closed to fishing until the Saturday preceding Memorial Day to protect the spawning trout. Antelope Lake Antelope is full and the fish are biting. There is enough water in Antelope to create a nice flow over the spillway, which is good news for Indian Creek below the lake. Most of the action appears to be around the dam. It is hard to know if that is because that is where the fish are biting or where most of the anglers are fishing. This 900-acre impoundment has excellent shoreline habitat with lots of coves and even a few islands. I would expect working the shoreline, especially early in the morning or later in the evening, would produce some nice fish. One of the attractions of Antelope Lake is the variety offish. It is possible to catch rainbow, brook and brown trout along with both large- and smallmouth bass all in the same outing. I think the setting at Antelope is beautiful. But visitors should be aware that the slopes surrounding the lake have been hit by three different wildfires in recent years. Most of the area is covered by burned-out snags. But the forest is recovering nicely. There is much green vegetation and many young trees taking hold. And the wildflower displays can be gorgeous. I think a young forest can be just as intriguing and beautiful as an old-growth forest. But that's me. SCRAMBLES! SCRAMBLE: very special in So Many ways 18 Holes w/Cart...$34,50 9 Holes w/Cart...$19.50 * Honored as the 5th Friendliest Golf Staff in the U. 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