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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, May 6, 2015 3C Cal Outdoors. teelhead, Rainbow are same species Steelhead vs. rainbow Question: I'd like to try steelhead fishing for the first time on the American River. I will purchase a regular California fishing license and adhere to all regulations, but do I have to purchase the steelhead card if I don't intend to keep any steelhead? If so, why can't one be fishing for regular (rainbow) trout in the same river without a steelhead card? --Lilly K. CALIFORNIA OUTDOORS CARRIE WILSON California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife CalOutdoors@wildlife.ca.gov Answer: It can be a bit confusing because steelhead trout and rainbow trout are the same fish. Its scientific For practical Purposes andAmerican River below for O. mykiss less than 16 name is Oncorhynchus to facilitate compliance, Nimbus Dam in Sacramento inches does not require a mykiss. Generally speaking, fishing regulations County, will require steelhead report card. O. mykiss found in differentiate between purchase of a steelhead Sardine fishery closure landlocked freshwater with rainbow and steelhead in report card, even if you Question: I heard in the no access to the ocean are anadromous waters by a practice catch and releasenews last week that the rainbow trout and steelhead 16-inch size threshold. O.(California Code of sardine fishery will be trout are O. mykiss fish mykiss smaller than 16 Regulations Title 14, section closing because it's been found in anadromous waters, inches are rainbow trout, 5.88). overfished. Is this true? If so. Anadromous refers to and bigger than 16 inches are The report card provides how will this impact sport unimpeded ac.cess to the steelhead. Fishing for important data to fishery fishermen who rely on ocean, where steelhead live steelhead, meaning any O. scientists and requires ansardines for live bait? What the majority of their life mykiss in excess of 16 inches, entry for each day that you about for fishermen who before coming back to in anadromous waters fish and statistics On all fish freshwater to spawn, includingthe Lower caught and released. Fishing See Cal Outdoors, page 5C Trout, bass hot now at Lake Almanor Michael Condon Staff Writer mcondon@plumasnews.com Something to think about: If you fish the wrong fly long and hard enough, sooner or later it will become the right fly. - ohn Gierach Lake Almanor Lake Almanor continues to offer the hot action. Water temperature is in the 50s: just where trout like it. Water clarity is very good. Midges are hatching all over the lake providing lots of feed for cruising rainbows while the browns are chasing the pond smelt. Doug Neal, of Almanor Fishing Adventures (258-6732), manages a few fish early in the day but he says the best bite has been after 9:30 in the morning. After that a rhythm starts to develop as the feeding and catching pick up. Doug says most of the fish are in the 2- to 3-pound range with a few 4-pounders. But part of the fun of fishing Almanor is that you never know when you will hook into a much larger fish. The fast-action lures like Speedy Shiners and Needleflsh continue to be the most effective rigs. But that is not to say that slower rigs like nightcrawlers behind dodgers aren't picking up some nice fish. These dodger/crawler rigs are most effective when trolled between 1 and 1.5 mph. The fast-action lures do better between 3 and 4 mph. Doug says some of the most productive trolling lanes include Rec. 1 to Big Cove, the Canyon Dam area, Hamilton Branch to Big Springs and Almanor West. Bass fishing is red hot right now. The smallmouth are in the shallows. Ben Williams, of FishDog Outdoors (258-3905), recommends trying drop-shot rigs in water no more than 10 feet deep. Rip baits and swim baits are also effective. Lake Davis Davis is only a little better than half full. One boater I talked to said he went past the end of the ramp launching his boat this week. But the water temperature is holding around 55 degrees and that is jus.t about perfect: There are strong midge and Callibaetis hatches right now. Look for the larger blood midges and then Middle Fork Feather River damselflies as the water Water temperature continues to warm. Trollers continues to be a big factor are scoring with Copper on the Middle Fork Feather Red Head Wee Dick Nites. River. It is a tale of two Try trolling between the rivers, according to Dan island and Honker Cove. McDonald of Camp Layman Bank fishing is a little (836-1430). slower but a few fish are The Middle Fork above taking PowerBait orworms. Two Rivers is warmer. The best thing I keep Mayflies and caddis are hearing this year is that hatching and the fish are the fish at Davis are bigger feeding more actively. It also than they have been in helps that the river is full of past years. Fish between both planted and native fish. 17 and 22 inches are not Limits of rainbows were uncommon, the rule for Camp Layman Call J&J Grizzly Store clients who fished above Two and Camping Resort Rivers, especially between (832-0270) for the latest Blairsden and Mohawk. fishing information. Flies, spinners and worms all caught fish. Antelope Lake Below Two Rivers the Antelope has plenty of river flows faster and is water. In fact, water is cooled by several springs and spilling at the dam which tributaries. There are also is Very good news for the fewer planted fish and the fish in Indian Creek. insect hatches have yet to There are as many boats kick in. on Antelope as there areon Fishing is tougher here. any area lakes; which is to The fish are less eager and say there are a dozen or so less numerous. But they are boats on Antelope. bigger. The largest fish It just feels slightly caught near Camp Layman crowded because the boats was a 22-inch beauty. are all congregated by the Fly anglers will do better dam. Normally that is the in the late afternoon when place to fish, but the the water is warmer. Look catching has been a little for caddis flies and flying on the slow side. ants above Two Rivers. This might be a good Downstream try beadhead time to explore some of nymphs fished under the excellent shoreline indicators. Stripping habitat around the lake. streamers in deep water is a John Rehrman, of Yuba City, holds one of many smallmouth bass he caught at Lake Almanor. Photo courtesy Ben Williams, FishDog Outdoors good way to find the bigger good bet. I like beadhead trout, nymphs for the extra weight. Also try stonefly patterns like North Fork Feather River little yellow sallies. The North Fork Feather is Stripping streamers in closed above Lake Almanor pools will get aggressive grabs for another few weeks, but from trout and pike minnows. there is some good fishing to Woolly buggers and sculpin be had from Almanor all of patterns fished deep are also the way down to Lake Oroville. effective. Rising temperatures will Spin fishers will do well soon produce hatches of with Panther Martins or caddis and mayflies. In the Mepps spinners. Drifting meantime, caddis and mayfly worms can also pick up some , nymphs fished deep are aj:: : : !ice fish. : , i