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2C Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Fishing association gears up Almanor derby James Wilson Sports Editor sports@plumasnews.com For its third consecutive year, the Almanor Fishing . Association is getting ready to host the Lake Almanor Team Trout and Salmon Derby set for June 14. The annual derby is the association's biggest fundraiser with the proceeds going toward the cost of fish Youth program receives grants Sierra Valley Youth Program has received grants from the NRA Foundation to promote trap shooting among local youth. The youth program teaches shooters direct instruction on safety, proper handling and maintenance of a firearm, responsibilities of gun ownership and the fundamentals of trap shooting. The funils received from the NRA Foundation will be used to support the shooting program. The gun club's intent is to encourage more youths to become involved with shooting sports by making it more economical. For more information about the youth shooting program visit sierravalleygunclub.com. food for the Hamilton Branch cage-rearing program. Each year the Almanor Fishing Association plants 50,000 rainbow trout into Almanor, helping ensure the quality of fishing remains high to attract tourism to the area. Each year, the nonprofit organization Kokanee Power buys 15,000 pounds of food for the fish to feed on while in the cages. "With the economy how it is, we're holding the derby to help defray expenses for the Almanor program," said Kokanee Power president Gary Coe. "Every penny we make goes back into it, which really helps out the whole area." The June 14 derby, based around the West Almanor public boat ramp, will start bright and early at 5:30 a.m. Weigh-in will take place that day between 1 and 2 p.m. Registration for the derby costs $45 for members of the AFA and $55 for nonmembers. Anglers under 16 fish free. Each team, made up of one or more anglers in a single boat, can present three fish to weigh in. The fish must be rainbow trout, brown trout and/or king salmon. People can find out more information and register at kokaneepower.org. On-site registration will be available the afternoon before and the morning of the derby. Those who would like to make a donation to help offset the cost of the food can call Coe at 916-985-4943. Father's Day derby The second derby for 2014 at Lake Davis is approaching soon. The Lake Davis Spring Fishing Derby is set for June 14 - 15 sarting at 6 a.m. each morning. Weigh-in will take place at 5:30 p.m. both days at J & J Grizzly Store and Camping Resort. The annual derby raises funds to purchase water rescue equipment for the Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Protection District. Last year's derby was such a success that organizers added an extra day to this year's event. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third biggest fish. The weight and length of each fish will be considered when the fish sizes are tallied up. Prize categories will include adults, juniors, and dad and me. Early registration costs $40 for both days and $25 for one day. The price goes up $5 for day-of registration. People can register at the Firehouse Thrift Store in Portola and at J & J Grizzly Store at Lake Davis. For more information contact Jeanne Graham at 832-0270. URGENT NEWS IF YOU USED TESTOSTERONE HEART ATTACK or STROKE? brought to you by: FRIDAY June 6, 2014 In Conjunction with the Plumas County Picnic DOORS OPEN AT 3PM Games • Raffle • Fire Truck • Trail Etiquette Demo Bouncy Castle • Smokey Bear • On-site camping • Pie Eating Contest LIVE MUSIC 6-gpm • JOY & MADNESS TICKETS for entry Friday:'$20, • kids under lO free with paying adult • Tickets for sale online at: www.sierratrails.org or at the door eme*eeeeeeeleeeeee • *.eleJeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel • elee*eeeeeeleeeeeeeoeeeeeeeeee•eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee In Partnership with Plumas National Forest Trails: South Park & Mount Hugh Tasty Local Brews Provided By: Meeting Location: Quincy Fairgrounds, /,i  Time: 9:00 to 2:00 near horse arena Please RSVP for trailwork: www.sierratrails.org r ;(' ...... ..., LODGE Golf Resort € More Information and details at: www.sierratrails.org Jon Dvorak Shows off the prize rainbow trout he caught May 24 at Lake Almanor. Though fishing has been slowing down a bit as the weather warms up, there are still many reports of monster fish being caught around Plumas County. Photo by Johnny Mansell Water is perfect temperature Michael Condon Staff Writer mcondon@plumasnews.corn "Give a man a fish and he has food for a day; teach him how to fish and you can get rid of him for the entire weekend." --Zenna Schaffer Timing is everythifig when it comes to fishing. And now is prime time for lake anglers and especially for stream anglers. Being cold-blooded creatures, fishes' metabolism and activity level are dictated. by the temperature of their environment. In other words, their feeding activity is directly related to water temperature. A temperature of 55 to 60 degrees is considered near optimal for most trout species. A few weeks ago many of our local waters were running in the low 50-degree range. In a few weeks from now, they will start to warm above 60 degrees. That makes now the prime time for fishing. The fishing always slows as the water temperature rises during the summer. With the lack of snowpack, water temperatures will rise much more quickly than normal this year. As the summer progresses finding cold water (think deep pools and springs) will be the key to finding feeding fish. But for now, the fish are spread out and they are feeding actively. Fishing is always good. Right now the catching is pretty good too. Middle Fork Feather River This is the time to hit the river. The trout are spread out. There is a lot of insect activity and that will get even better over the next couple of weeks. In the morning try a.midge Or blue-winged olive nymph under an attractor dry. As temperatures rise during the day, look for fish rising to march browns, and caddis flies in the afternoon. Streamers along the stream banks with a sink tip line are producing some browns. Rubberleg stones and beadhead nymphs will also catch some fish. According to Jon Baiocchi of Baiocchi's Troutfitters, the upper river from Portola to Graeagle is very low and the water is starting to warm up. The trout are migrating downstream to find colder water. Jon says the best fishing is from Two Rivers and downstream to the Nelson Point area. Fish can be found in the deep pools as well as the pocket water. Pheasant tails and copper johns fished under an indicator are picking up a few fish. Dan McDonald of Camp Layman Resort (camplayman.com) reports that his clients are starting to pick up a few more fish. Dry fly fishing is improving. Evening is the best time. North Fork Feather River Fishing has been good on the North Fork. Fish an Studies show that using Testosterone products may significantly increase your risk of a heart attack, stroke, blod clots and death. If you or a loved one has suffered any of these injuries, call 1-SD0-THE-EAGLE now about making a claim for substantial monetary compensation. No fees or costs until your case is settled or won. We practice law only in ona, but associate with lawyers throughout the U.S. .. GOLDBERG & OSBORNE,  ....... 1-800-TIIE-E.AGLE !... r,,. i I  A. "9.tr-1 ,: ii:  ww,., soomeag,e,co m A.-.,,r attractor nymph under an indicator with a little split shot early in the day. For bigger trout, concentrate on deep runs and areas close to tributaries. High stick a rubberleg stone with a caddis pupa dropper at the base of boulders. This is the best time of year for dry fly-fishing in the evening. Try stonefly, caddis or blue-winged olive dries. The best fishing for kids is on the Caribou section near Belden where they can have good success with planted rainbows. Lake Almanor Trollers are starting to report some very good action, according to Doug Neal of Almanor Fishing Adventures (almanorfishingadventures.c om). Others anglers are mooching suspended baits and some are catching limits of impressive-size browns and salmon. The fish are moving around so yesterday's hot spot may not be so hot today. The key is to keep moving and trying different lures and trolling speeds until you find the hot spot of the day. Big Springs has been hot one day and cold. the next. But when it has beehot, it has been very hot. There are some small planter rainbows in the shallow water, but if you troll or mooch below 25 feet you should get into some larger fish, both salmon and trout. There have been good reports of quality fish at Canyon Dam, according to Doug. There are more pond smelt at the dam than any other single spot in the entire lake. Anglers slow-trolling Berkley Gulp smelt or ripping trolling flies off lead core have often reported rainbows from 2 to 3.6 pounds and salmon to 3 pounds. Anglers trolling from rec 2 north to Bailey Springs have been catching a mix of browns and rainbows, and a few salmon over 4 pounds. Red and gold Speedy Shiners trolled at 2.8 mph have been the hot rig. 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