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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, April 30, 2014 3C FISHING, from page lC I remember being especially proud when I saw the reaction of the adults when I took my prize over to show them. They were truly amazed. That made me even more proud, proud of my patience for waiting out the big one and proud that I was able to hook and land it on my own. It was much later that I learned their amazement had more to do with the fact that my dad had not baited my hook that day. He apparently did not want his much-deserved relaxation with friends to be interrupted. If I was OK with sitting on the dock just watching my bobber he was fine with that too. If my dad were still around today I might have to have some words with him about that incident. But I suspect he figured out that he missed an opportunity that day. He only shared in my first fish after the fact. Too bad. You only get one chance for that. And I learned how real patience pays off. If you wait long enough even the un-baited hook can catch a fish. Patience is a useful life skill' in the same way it is an essential fishing skill. There is nothing wrong with beginning to learn that at an early age. That is the beauty of fishing. It is about learning, And not always just about catching fish. Lake Almanor The spring bite at Almanor continues to improve. Water temperature is reaching the 60-degree mark some afternoons. The insect hatches are continuing and the trout are becoming more active, According to Doug Neal of ' Almanor Fishing Adventures boats are scattered all over the lake but most of the action seems to be in the east basin. Anglers in the Big Springs area are reporting multiple ho0k-ups trolling Speedy Shiners, while others are slow trolling crawlers or smelt Fred Cheatham displays the beautiful rainbow he caught fishing the Middle Fork Feather River with local guide Jon Baiocchi of Baiocchi's Troutfitters. Baiocchi suggests fishing the Middle Fork between now and the end of June when the water will be too low and warm for good fishing. Photos courtesy Jon Baiocchi patterns. The east side of the peninsula is also producing lots of fish including a few rainbows approaching 5 pounds. Anglers are getting good results fishing suspended baits on anchor in near the dam and just up the east shore where a reef extends from shore out into the lake. This sudden ledge is infamous for the number of unsuspecting trollers who have snagged their gear on it, hence the name "the Snag." The Snag area will hold Almanor's 3- and 4-year-old king salmon for the next few weeks, providing some of Almanor's best action. The Almanor Fishing Association will be releasing several thousand young rainbows from their rearing cages in Hamilton Branch. A lot of these smaller fish will move into Big Springs and down the east shore. Doug Neal cautions anglers to watch their rods in case they might be dragging one of these little fellows around without realizing it. These small fish should be carefully released as they are quite small now, but given the chance they will grow to be large hard-fighting fish. Lake Davis Most trout are located on the east side, around Mosquito Slough and Honker Cove. As temperatures rise fish will migrate to the west side near Jenkins Cove and Cow Creek where they will be feeding on midges. Fly anglers are doing well fishing bloodmidges under an indicator. Damselfly nymphs and snail patterns will be good as the water temperatures rise. Trollers are hooking up around the big island using Red Dot Frog and Dick Nite Copper Red Heads trolled slowly about 10 feet deep. Old Camp 5 is currently the only ramp with a dock. Honker Cove is not open (hopefully it will open early May) and Lightening Tree is very shallow with no dock. fishing has been fair to good in the upper river. Streamside native grasses are starting to green up, and the first wild flowers of the area are just starting to pop open. Fishing pressure has been light. Water temperatures are still a little on the low side: a few degrees away from prime conditions. Aquatic. insect activity is intensifying on a daily basis with caddis, the little green stones, March browns and blue-winged olive mayflies being the most prolific. Effective subsurface patterns have been iron sallies, hare's ear nymphs and bead head flashback pheasant-tail nymphs, all in size 13 to 16: The native rainbows are ganged up in the deeper pools and runs. Jon recommends adding multiple split shot to your nymph rig and getting down deep whether you are high sticking, or using an indicator rig. Dry fly fishing has yet to really kick in, though a few fish are starting td rise during the warmest time of the day. Frenchman Lake Fishing from shore has been especially good lately. Local angler Bob Parry has been catching some nice ones near the Frenchman boat launch. He says the fish are close to shore and have been biting on worms and marshmallows, Call Wiggin's Trading Post (993-4683) for current lake Streams conditions and fishing Most area streams are updates. relatively low and clear even after the few recent episodes Fish plants of light rain. The California Department Anglers can expect light of Fish and Wildlife has been hatches of midges in the very busy planting millions of morning with a few caddis trout all over the state. All and some mayflies in the over the state except, it seems, afternoon. Stoneflies are on for Plumas County. the move and some Plumas County has salmonflies have been received just two trout plants hatching in the lower reaches so far this year. The first was of Deer Creek. Try fishing at Belden on the North Fork stonefly patterns along the Feather River during the stream banks for trout week of April 6 and the second looking for a big meal. at Little Grass Valley Local guide Jon Baiocchi of Reservoii: during the week of Baiocchi's Troutfitters April 20. (baiocchistroutfitters:com) hit No plants are scheduled in the Middle Fork Feather Plumas County for the first River recently. Jon says the week in May. Portola's Tim Benbow hightails it for third base during Portola's 12-8 win over Virginia City on April 22. Photo by Tiffany Williams BAS E BALL, from page 1C 3-2. Quincy was scheduled to host North Tahoe on April 25 hits and four RBIs. as well, but the latest Marquette started on the downPour caused the game mound against Incline and to get canceled. pitched all five innings, and In the first game, Quincy only gave up four hits. Tim started with a modest lead. Benbow was the top hitter The Trojans scored one run with two hits and two RBIs. in the first inning, two in the At Williams, the second and three in the conditions were less than third. The Trojans really ideal with rain pouring the brought it home with a entire doubleheader. A five-run rally in the fifth. couple times, the players Keston Pilgrim led were called off the field when Quincy's ofense with a lightning was spotted in the home run and a triple. Kyle distance. Froggatt got two hits for Joey Romano pitched the three RBIs, and Adrik first game and only gave up a Yacelga and Tristin Ray got single hit, and Kodi two hits apiece. Lowdermilk pitched the Quincy carried that second game With two hits hard-hitting momentum into offhim. In the first game, the second game. In the first Sears Benbow and Connor inning, Quincy brought four Kennedy both had three hits. players home to start its domination. With a Quincy substantial lead, Quincy The Trojans hosted kept adding to its score to American Christian for a win the game in the fifth. doubleheader April 23, and Froggatt pitched for won both games 11-1. Both Quincy, and had three hits wins came in the bottom of offhim in the first inning, the fifth, for the Trojans who which resulted in American generated 10-run leads to Christian's sole run. After finish the games in mercy that, though, Froggatt wins. loosened up and didn't face The wins bumped more than four batters per Quincy's overall record up to inning. 11-6 and its league record to l