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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, May 29, 2013 7C Michael Condon Staff Writer mcondon@plumasnews.com "If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles." --Doug Larson The recent cooler weather is helping to maintain spring-like fishing conditions. The water has not warmed enough to send fish to deeper and cooler water. This is good news for anglers even if the few windy days we have had did make for some tougher fishing conditions. The last of our local streams opened this past weekend. Those are the tributaries to Almanor, Butt and Lake Davis. The late opener allows plenty of time for spring spawning rainbows to complete the cycle of regeneration without being interrupted by anglers. The other noteworthy opening this past week is the channel below the powerhouse on Butt Lake. Lake Almanor Surface temperatures are holding in the low 60-degree range. There is abundant insect activity and the fish are feeding actively. Spring conditions continue and the fishing is very good right now. According to Doug Neal of Almanor Fishing Adventures (283-6732) most boats have been trolling while others are mooching and ripping baits closer to shore. Early in the morning Doug has been running fast-action Colin Houlihan, of Chester High School, has been named to the North high school all-star baseball team to play in the Chico Breakfast Lions Club Bob Busch Classic in Chico on Saturday, June 1. The game will be played at 6 p.m. at Doryland Field in the Hooker Oak Recreation Area in east Chico. The game is named in memory of a longtime " member and president of the Researchers at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are studying a deer hair-loss syndrome across the state. Wildlife experts are calling the issue "hair loss" but the real problem appears to be from the infestation of non-native lice and, in some cases, a heavy infestation of internal parasites. Symptoms range from a scruffy looking hair coat to near complete baldness. Hair-loss syndrome is also associated with poor nutritional condition, making it difficult for fawns to survive to replace the normal mortality in mature deer. "Some of us speculate that the louse-infested deer spend so much time grooming they become easy targets of predation by coyotes or mountain lions," said CDFW senior wildlife biologist Greg Gerstenberg. "While this theory is still under investigation, what we do know is that the louse has impacted migratory populations of California deer which now have a low fawn survival rate, making it difficult to replenish the herd." The goal of the research is to understand why the lice infestations are appearing as trolling lures at 2.6 to 2.8 mph. with Pro-Cure Trophy Trout scent. He has been catching fish from near the top all the way down to 35 feet. Doug says the hits have been hard and the fish are fighting hard. By late morning more fish go deeper, especially with the bright sunshine, no wind and a warming surface. When the action slows down, Doug switches to a chartreuse and silver Sep's Strike Master Dodger with a half crawler and runs deeper, stacking a naked crawler above. King salmon are taking anchovy tails mooched deep. Try the fishing the Snag, Big Springs or the A-Frame for salmon. You can increase your odds by adding a scent like Pro-Cure Herring Gel to your bait. The bass spawn has nearly run its course but patient anglers are still finding some on the beds. This is sight fishing, so Polaroid glasses and a careful approach are key. The east shore seems to be the place to fish with lots of good reports. The west shore is still a bit slow north of Prattville, but look for that to turn around soon. Speaking of Prattville, the best breakfast on the lake may be at Carol's Camp Prattville Cafe. It's a perfect spot to boat in for an excellent meal. Butt Lake Trout continue feeding on hatching insects. Midges are the main attraction. The pond smelt have made their way down from Lake Almanor, providing another abundant food source for the cruising trout. The bass are still on their beds but the big attraction may be the powerhouse. The Chico Breakfast Lions Club. The North team edged the South 11-10 last year. On the same day the Lions will host a North-South high school all-star softball game at 2 p.m. on a field in the same complex. The North coach is Karen Fifield of Shasta High School. Both games feature 18-player senior rosters and are nine innings long. Net proceeds go to a Lions charity. | ir well as to understand the full impacts of the non-native louse species and hair loss. Information is also being shared with other western states that have similar issues in order to identify trends and potential treatments. "It has been speculated that this condition may be attributed to an environmental deficiency of copper or selenium or some other underlying environmental factor such as a difficult-to-detect disease agent," said CDFW state veterinarian Pam Swift, "Regardless, we are conducting a comprehensive coordinated effort that will hopefully shed some light on this perplexing syndrome and minimize its effect on California's precious deer population." To date, researchers have successfully captured and collected hair and blood samples from more than 600 deer and elk across California. Counting and identifying lice on each deer, applying radio collars to track the deer and treating some deer for lice will hopefully give researchers some quantifiable information they need to identify trends and find a solution. channel in front of the rainbow PowerBait. Their Wiggle Nymph. Try rusty fishing very well from High powerhouse just opened to biggest fish weighed about 2 orange or green. Bridge down to Chester. This fishing this past weekend, pounds. Bank anglers using stretch of the river has been The powerhouse has been The fishing between Spring PowerBait or nightcrawlers planted recently and there running intermittently. Creek and Big Cove has also are hooking up at Eagle are also plenty of hold-over When it is running it been good. Some Point. fish. provides a veritable chum catch-and-release fishermen Fishing is good on the line of feed flushed down reported catching nine Stream fishing Middle Fork Feather River. from Lak~ Almanor, mostly rainbows in that area. The streams are all open Insect hatches have been pond smelt. This is a big Call Wiggin's Trading Post and clear now, except for Mill strong. Fish are starting to attraction for both the fish for the most current fishing Creek, which always runs a move downstream as the and the anglers. Drifting conditions at 993-4683. little off-color well into the water warms. High stick white jigs in the current is an summer, nymphing with bead-head effective way to imitate the Lake Davis The best fishing on Deer attractor patterns is the most pond smelt. The fishing at Davis is Creek is around Elam productive method. good and getting better. Campground where the Look for the very large Frenchman Lake Trollers are hooking up California Department of salmon flies in the afternoon. Fishing at Frenchman using Dick Nite Copper Red Fish and Wildlife has planted Drift a big dry salmon fly Lake has been great this past Head spoons or Needlefish in lots of hatchery fish. Insect imitation near logs and week. Red Dot Frog or Fire Tiger. hatches are on the increase overhanging brush. Caddis Bill and Stella McGuirk, The best trolling is in the with the best dry fly action in pupae and small stoneflies from Cold Springs, Nev., north end of the islands,the late afternoon and are also good bets. The best limited out at Spring Creek Fly anglers are finding evenings, dry fly action is in the last Monday evening using feisty rainbows from Eagle Earlier in the day nymphsevening when the sun is off worms with a Pautske Point to Jenkins. The trout are producing for fly anglers, the water. salmon egg. Their fish are keying on blood midges Try stonefiies and caddis measured 14 to 16 inches and flying ants. Damselflies flies. Be sure to carry some Fish plants each. are just around the corner large salmon fly imitations. The California Department Jason, from Chester, age and are probably on the Deer Creek can produce of Fish and Wildlife has 11, caught his first fish at the move now in anticipation of some very impressive planted trout in Deer Creek, Frenchman boat ramp using the hatch, salmon fly hatches in theHamilton Branch and the a Needlefish lure. The fish Assorted nymphs early season. Trout can North Fork Feather River weighed 1-1/2 pounds and including blood midges, ice throw caution to the windabove Lake Almanor. was 16 inches long. cream cones and orange when these giants of the Hamilton Branch and the Sakamoto and Yuki Paul woolly buggers are all insect world are on the North Fork Feather will recently each caught their catching fish. Another water, receive additional plants this limits at Crystal Point using effective fly is the Jay Fair The North Fork Feather isweek. iB Budget conscious? 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