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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, April 25, 2012 5C This weekend is opener of fishing season in streams t Michael Condon Staff Writer racondon@plumasnews.com "They say you forget your troubles on a trout stream, but that's not quite it. What happens is that you begin to see where your troubles fit in- to the grand scheme of things, and suddenly they're just not such a big deal any- more." John Gierach Stream season opens Many steams in our area open to trout fishing this coming weekend. I grew up fishing in the Coast Range where the open- ing of fishing season was a big deal. Here in the Sierra, spring runoff usually puts a damper on opening weekend stream fishing. Usually. This year looks to be dif- ferent. This year the streams are not as high and the wa- ter clarity is better than nor- mal so the stream fishing should be better than it is most years. I am looking forward to that. I might have to check out some of my favorite spots on the Middle Fork Feather. I prefer to fly-fish so I'll probably try some small stonefly and mayfly imitations. I will use nymph patterns with a small split shot if don't see anything hatching. I haven't done the neces- sary preseason scouting, so it's a matter of being obser- vant and having a good vari- ety of flies to match whatev- er is hatching. Another good spot worth checking is the North Fork Feather above Caribou: Even when other streams are running high, that area has consistently moderate flows due to the up-stream dams. Caribou Crossroads is once again hosting its annu- al tournament. It's a great family friendly gathering complete withbig fish prizes and a great lunch/dinner barbecue with music and campfire activities. Give them a all at 283- 1384 for more information. Remember that the streams that are tributary to Butt Lake and Lake A1- manor do not oPen for fish- ing until the end of May in order to protect spawning rainbows. Be sure to check the regu- lations before you go fish- ing. Lake Almanor Lake Almanor sounds like the hot spot right now. The water level has risen significantly in the past couple weeks. The lake is very nearly full. The water temperature has risen, into the low 50-degree range and the water clarity has im- proved. All the indicators are pointing to an excellent spring bite. I was at Almanor last Fri- day. The bank anglers I talked to weren't having a lot of success. It was another matter for the trollers; and there were lots of trollers. The parking lot at the Canyon Dam boat ramp was packed. Most of the boats headed up the east shore. Anglers were boating lots of brown trout along with a few rainbows and a few king salmon. Trolling close to shore worked best. Start fishing shallow (10 to five feet) early in the morning. Once the sun gets on the water try fishing deeper: 15 to 25 feet. Try pond smelt imitations or dodger and night crawler combinations. There were only a few boats at the Almanor Camp- ground boat ramp. If you want a less crowded place to fish, try the west shore. Doug Neal of A1- manor Fishing Adventures (258-6732) was finding some good fish on the east shore but when he moved over to the west shore to get away from the crowds he found even better action with lots of 1- to 3-pound fish. Bryan Roccucci of Big Daddy's Guide Service (283- 4103) stayed on the east shore and that paid off nice- ly. His clients caught a num- ber of brown trout up to 4 pounds. On Thursday one of Bryan's clients, who was cel- ebrating her 18th birthday out fishing with her dad, landed a 7.5-pound monster brown. Not a bad way to spend a birthday! Frenchman Lake Fishing is picking up a t Frenchman according to the folks at Wiggin's Trading Post. Fly fishers and bait an- glers are all picking up nice rainbows in the 14- to 16- inch range. Night crawlers and PowerBait are the pre- ferred offerings. Trolling with Tasmanian Devils or night crawlers be- hind flashers is also work- ing well. Butt Valley Reservoir Tom Maumoynier of Lake Almanor Fly Fishing Co. in Chester reports that the fish- ing is picking up at Butt Val- ley Reservoir. Water temps are in the low 50s. Small- mouth are biting. Call Tom at 258-3944. Correction Last week I shared some spring fishing tips from some of our local expert fish- ing guides, One of those was Reese McAlIister of Reese's Fish Hunt. The correct phone number is 283-3625. Give Reese a call or check out his website at reeses fishhunt.com. and SSI cases al all levels of appeal NO FEE UNLESS YOU ARE AWARDED BENEFITS DISABILITY [ (775) 825-1616 I I FREE 1-877-832-8757 I se habla espafiol ] The Chester Volcanoes' dugout reacts to a riveting play at home plate, in which base runner Westley Ruffer collides with a Westwood player. Ruffer was called safe, and the Volcanoes defeated Westwood 8-3 Tuesday, April 17. Photo by Kathy Morris First place The Portola High School baseball team won first place at the conclusion of the Biggs tournament last Saturday, April 21, with a 6-4 victory over Biggs. Ricky Lowdermilk wasnamed MVP, Klint Willim,s .earned Best Defensive 'Player and Connor Kennedy was selected to the all-tourney team. Photo byTiffany Williams A Do you or someone that you know need pport around childhood issues of sexual abuse? Call the Plumas/Sierra Crisis Line at 1-877-332-2754 or 283-4333 for confidential referrals or PCIRC/Rape Crisis Center 283-5515 or Sierra SAFE 993-1237. Crisis Line . Resource 283-4333  Center 1-877.332.2754 or 283-5515 . A 15rogram of Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center Low Cost of Living - Safe Environment Terrific to Raise a Family, Retire or Start a Business. 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