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6C Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter infield meeting Chester players gathe r near the pitching mound during their 9-3 semifinal playoff loss at Fall River Tuesday, May 15. Photo by Kathy Morris Spring Michael Condon Staff Writer mcondon@plumasnews.com "Beyond every bend in a stream lies a new fishing chal- lenge, for no pool, riffle or rapids is just like the previ- ous one." --Dick Sternberg This is prime time for fishing most Plumas County waters, Stream flows are a bit on the low side for this time of year, but that means clear and fishable water. The few streams that are not yet open will open this Saturday. Lake temperatures are in May 24, 25 26.9am-6pm Fresh BBQ ousters 4 dOozen ......................... .: .,.,...... . + .............................. ..........r.,. ..............  ....................... . ............. i I ...........  ......................... 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These deep dwelling behemoths reach very impressive size. The record for lake trout (also called Mackinaw)in Bucks Lake is 30 pounds. One angler came close last week with a 28-pound laker. Try fishing large jigs or plugs in the deep water in front of the dam or across from Sundew. Browns and rainbows are being caught by trollers work- ing the shallow waters just off shore. Frenchman Lake The water is still cool and Frenchman is fishing well, es- pecially on the north end. Fly anglers in float tubes and shore anglers with PowerBait and night crawlers are catching limits. But fishing is what it is; i have also heard reports of an- glers getting skunked. There are no guarantees in fishing. Lake Davis The fishing has been pick- ing up at Davis. Water tem- peratures are close to 60 de- grees and water clarity is good. Fly anglers are taking fish on Callibaetis and blood midges according to Allan Bruzza of the Sportsmen's Den in East Quincy (283-2733). Stream fishing The streams that flow into Butt Lake and Lake Almanor open this weekend. Hamilton Branch, the North Fork Feather above the lake, and Butt Creek should all be fish- ing well. The fishing on the Middle Fork Feather River is picking up as the flows recede. Bug hatches, mostly mayflies, are good in the af- ternoon, Nymph fishing is the best bet in the morning. Stonefly nymph patterns are productive. Switch to dry flies such as march brown mayflies in the afternoon when insects start hatching. Try ant patterns on breezy afternoons. In the next couple weeks start looking for golden stone- flies in the evenings. The nymphs are migrating to shore now. Very soon they will leave the stream and hatch into adults. Those adults will quickly mature and fly over the water in the evening to deposit their eggs. That is the trout's version of "dinner is served." Deer Creek is fishing well. The flows are more moderate and the water is clearer on the upper end. That is where the fishing has been best. Try nymphs early in the day and dry flies later in the after- noon. Caddis and mayflies are the norm, but beprepared for stoneflies in the afternoon and evening. Mill Creek is still running high and a bit off color. Butt Lake Smallmouth bass fishing has been good. The power- house estuary opens Memori- al Day. Lake Almanor Lake Almanor is still in the usual spring fishing pattern. Fish are shallow and scat- tered all over the east and west shores of the lake. Rainbows, browns and king salmon are all being caught, most by trollers. Night crawlers behind dodgers or red and gold. Speedy Shiners are popular rigs. Start fishing about 10 feet deep early in the morning and go deeper as the sun hits the water. The lake will stratify soon as the surface temperatures move in to the low 60-degree range. A fish finder will be very helpful for determining the best trolling depth as that begins to happen. Once the lake has stratified; finding springs with the cooler water will be the key to finding fish. Insects and pond smelt are abundant so the fish are well fed. Adding a dodger to your trolling rig is a great way to get the fish's attention when feed is so abundant. The smallmouth bass have moved into shallow water in preparation for spawning. Bass anglers are doing well fishing the stumps and flood- ed brush along the shore. [2PASSAGES Having trouble paying for your Medicare... > Premium, co-pays, and prescription drug costs? If your income is less than $1396/month and your savings are below $13,070 (slightly higher for couples You might be eligible for help Call HICAP and find out how to apply 1-800-434.0222 www.passa.qescenter.orq This advertisement has been created by PASSAGES HICAP (Hesith Insurance Counssimg & Advocacy Program) with financial assistance through a grant from ,=- ........ ,- the Centers for Medcare & Medicaid Senices, the Federal Medicare agency. 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