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bulletin, recoru, rrogressve, reporte[ weclnesclay, April 2.,/U14 i. Saturdc y's stream.. opener lc,oks promzszng caddis flies hatching. Golden trolling rigs. One day the fish stoneflies should also be on are chasing fast-action lures the move. like Needlefish and Speedy __ Caribou Crossroads will Shiners and the next day they sponsor its eighth annual are after the slower MichaelCondon Staff Writer mcondon@plumasnews.com "The solution to any problem -- work, love, money, whatever -- is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be." John Gierach Stream fishing The spring stream fishing opener is a ritual for many anglers. It's a tradition in many families. I have always enjoyed the opener because it signaled a true end to winter and the real beginning ofmy favorite time of year. The joy of opening day often has more to do with what it stands for than for the quality of the fishing. The norm, especially here in the Sierra, is rivers and streams flowing very high, cold and off-color from the spring snowmelt. There isn't much good to say about our lack of snow this year. But if there is a silver lining, it may be found on opening day. Stream flows will be relatively low and clear. The water will still be on the cold side, but not as cold as usual. That all adds up to some better fishing. The prospects for this opening day are much better than usual. Fly hatches are not in high gear yet, but they are farther along than normal. Nothing will be hatching early in the morning, so fly anglers should start with nymphs below an indicator or streamers on sinking lines fished through the slots and tailouts. By mid-afternoon there should be a few mayflies Trout Season Opener on Saturday, April 26. They invite you to join in on the festivities at this popular Highway 70 resort. The Big Fish Contest is open to all anglers. There is a $5 entry fee with 100 percent payback to the top three places. They also have prizes for the kids. A barbecue lunch and dinner will be offered for a small fee. The streams that flow into Lake Almanor, Butt Lake and Lake Davis are closed until May 24, the Saturday before Memorial Day. Be sure to check the fishing regulations (dfg.ca.gov/fishing) before you head out to make sure your favorite waters are open. Lake Almanor Doug Neal of Almanor Fishing Adventures (258-6732 or almanorfishingadventures.co m) reports that the best bite is early in the morning. He recommends fishing at first light. The fishing slows down after 8:30 to 9, before picking up again later in the morning into the early afternoon: Doug says there are lots of insect hatches and the fish appear to be keyed in on the bugs more so than the pond smelt. This time of year, the biggest decision is figuring out where to start fishing. Doug has been working the Almanor West area up to Airport Flats and finding some nice-sized rainbows. If fish are rising, Doug says to stop and drop your rigs. Doug and his clients have been catching a mix of mostly rainbows with a few browns and at least one king salmon each day. presentations like dodger crawlers rigs, naked crawlers or soft baits that look like smelt. The fishing pressure has been light and not everybody is catching fish. Be prepared to change your presentation technique to improve your odds of success. Bucks Lake Bucks Lake might be the local sleeper right now. Pressure has been extremely light, yet several nice fish have been caught in the past couple of weeks. With the light snowpack the road to the lake was open much earlier than normal this spring. Low water has made boat launching a bit of a challenge but the last round of storms did bring the lake level up some. This time of year the lake trout, many of them running from 10 to 20 pounds, cruise the shallow water near shore. So do the browns. And there are always some rainbows to be had. For the latest Bucks Lake fishing information, check with Allan Bruzza at the Sportsmen's Den in East Quincy (283-2733). Lake Davis Local fishing guide and Lake Davis aficionado Jon Baiocchi of Baiocchi's Troutfitters reports that the rainbows of Lake Davis are mostly in post-spawn mode: they're banged UP, exhausted and in transition. During this time there is a lull in the action and the fishing is hit or miss. The fish See Fishing, page 5C GOLF RESULTS Mt. Huff Goff Scores Wednesday, April 16's Morning Scramble at Mt. Huff Golf had a good turnout. In first place at a whopping eleven under par was the team of Leo Sorensinski, David Smuts, Todd Posch and Dick Grace. In second place was came the team of Mike Wilson, Ralph Cote and Mike Ingle at seven under par. Closest to the pin was won by David Smuts. There was no chip-in contest. Thursday, April 17 Evening Scramble brought out a lot of new golfers and the regulars as well. There was a great turnout. In first place, at six under par was the team of Nolan Bussey and his pals Jordan, Steve and Chris. In second place, also at six under par, but beat by the chip-off was the team of Stan Carr, J.D. Blessy, Johnny Mansell and Ralph Cote. Longest drive was awarded to Johnny.Mansell; Leaf VanPelt came closest to the pin. Spring Special! *95 Play AUDRy $85 After lpm s65 After 3pm Through May 22 nd Whitehawk Ranch Golf Club 530.836.0394 The low-gross winners from last September's Mountain Classic at Plumas Pines Golf Resort pose after finishing. From left: Bryan Hansen, Gary Maniery, Mike Herrington and Jim Rogers. Photo submitted Plumas Pines kicks off its season The Plumas Pines Men's Golf Club kicked off the 2014 season Thursday, April 17, with a 10:30 a.m. shotgun start. The 100-plus-member club will play on the next 30 Thursday mornings at a variety of individual and team games. Club champion Jordan Archuleta will defend his low-gross title in July in a 36-hole event. Senior and super-senior low-gross champions Kim Roberts and John Kidwell will defend their respective titles over two days in August. A double-elimination individual match play tournament, the President's Cup, runs throughout the summer. The culmination of the tournament season is the popular Mountain Classic, a four-man, member-guest celebration over two days in September. For the season schedule and membership information click on the Members tab at plumaspinesgolf.com. RODEO. f,om page 2C finals." In addition to both teams holding on to the top standings, several team members are placing high in the regional standings as well. On the men's team, Telden McLain sits first in saddle bronc riding and Grant Denny is first in bareback riding. Brandon Mackenzie sits second in the steer wrestling category, and Curry Cash is third as a heeler in team roping. The women's team is doing the best it ever has this year. Courtney Wood leads the team, sitting first as the women's all-around and in goat tying. Bailey Bidwell sits second in goat tying, trailed by Kaley Wilson in third. Kara Kohutek is second in breakaway roping, while Quin Hundsdorfer sits third. Very Special In So Many Ways ! 530-836-1420 www.plumaspinesgolf.com 402 Poplar Valley Road Graeagle, Ca A PLUMAS PINES GOLF RESORT