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6 200! 3C Record, Reporter ,,~ .... ,,~ ,J~r~e ora Lake offers easy 10op lie of I. e Loop-- 1-1/2 mile loop; 32 feet; Easy Qet There: Graeagle, turn off t 89 at the Frostee west onto ille Road A-14) toward Drive 2.2 miles to the right with a "Madora Lake-- a.m. to Sunset." turnoff and drive in 100 Yards to a large lot. ureas-Eureka this nice trail cir- e. A All too soon, the trail a sturdy one-hole splits with the left branch fol- the trailhead pro- lowing Madora's south shore a graphic plot of the and the right following its north shore. The loop around route. The welt-maintained trail immediately ducks into a thick forest of cedar, Dou- glas fir, and ponderosa pine. In 200 yards, the trail reaches a cute creek, which, on the trailhead map, is actually called Lundy Ditch. This is the prettiest ditch you will ever see. The trail turns right and follows along the ditch's bank which, during most of the summer, is well decorated with wildflowers of many va- rieties. Bring along your wildflower book because you may see a few you have never identified before. It is diffi- cult to walk fast along here because you will be stopping often to observe the narrow gurgling water course as it rushes toward Madora Lake. Its volume never seems to vary from one season to the next. / N l the lake can obviously be done by taking either branch, but I usually turn left, cross Lundy Ditch on a small foot- bridge and begin walking near the lake's southern shore. For some distance, the trail is not within sight of the lake, but the lack of a water view is hardly noticed be- cause of the beauty of the sur- rounding forest and trailside wildflower display. Cattails off on your right announce the fact that the lake is now in view. The path reaches the far end of the lake bypassing several side trails which head away from the water. Hopefully, the nice picnic table near the lake's outlet will not be occupied because it affords a welcome resting spot with a great view of the lake. We often plan to arrive here at lunch time for a pic- nic. It would also do nicely for an evening meal picnic during daylight savings time or, perhaps, even a picnic . breakfast might be fun at this, nice spot. As you continue the loop around the lake, the trail now provides full views of the wa- ter. Before you know it, you are back to the Y where you turned off to cross the Lundy Ditch footbridge. Occasional- ly, we will do a second loop of the lake, but in the opposite direction, which gives a dif- ferent perspective and differ- ent views of the lake. But, ifa second loop is not in your plans, return to your car by the same route you came in. Make sure to stay observant for the place where the trail cuts away from the ditch and heads through the forest to the parking lot. There is another, longer route to Madora Lake and a longer loop which follows more of pretty Lundy Ditch upstream, all of which can be discovered in my new book, Feather River Country Ad- venture Trails. The book is available in the state park's museum, at local stores, or, with a credit card, by calling (800) 852-4890. Frenchman Lake The lake was packcd on Memorial-Day weekend. With so many people on the lake, fishing has slowed up a bit. Those who are persistent can get a fish or two by trying various lures as well as night-crawlers and Power- bait. Glitter Rainbow and Spring Green are working well. Trollers are have success with an F4 frog flatfish, two or three colors of line deep. Fly fishermen are doing well using olive, cinnamon and brown wooly buggers. Lake Davis In general we're rating fishing as fair. There was heavy traffic on the lake over the Memorial weekend; a few did very well however for most results were just fair. Water temperatures are running in the mid-sixties. Fish size has been running from 10 to 19 inches. The good news is that the D.F.G. plant- ed 7,200 fish the week of 5/21 to 5/25, and approximately 11,000 on 5/29 and 5/30, which will bring the approximate total number of fish planted this month to 39,000. Fish size averages two fish to the pound. Shore: Rated slow for most anglers. The Honker Point, Grasshopper area has been producing some. Fairview has been producing some. We suggest Rainbow Powerbait or inflated night crawlers fished on a sliding rig. Tom Nanamura and a friend from San ,Jose caught nine fish on May 23 and 24; they were fishing at Fairview and Mallard Cove. What a dif: ference a day makes. Boats: Rated as fair. The best results have been coming to those who anchor and fish bait off the bottom. Trolling has been fair to those who work the channel that runs north and south out of Honker Cove. Three to three and half colors of lead core line to 25 and 30 feet deep has been the trick. Fly Fishing: Rated good. The damsel and blood midge hatch has been consistently good. The best fly patterns are those that match those two hatches. Traditionally the best areas to fly fish are from Camp Five north to Cow Creek, Freeman Creek and Mesquito slough. ,June 9 and 10, are the dates for the Lake I)avis &30,000 fishing derby. Bucks Lake People have been catching brooks, rainbows and koka- nee trolling in about 20 feet of water with a Spin A Lure and Kastmasters. The latest mackinaw caught was l0 pounds. The kokanee bite is tairty steady using flashers and the wedding ring tipped with white corn, fished at 12-15 feet deep. They are being tak- en throughout the lake. ,Jack and Carol Bouche landed a three-pound brown on a ,J-Plug down five colors near Haskins on May 26. Lake Aimanor Almanor has been a little slow, mostJy due to the high w.inds it has been having. At Rec. Area One they are trolling flashers and night crawlers. Browns are being caught in deep water close to the bottom, and rainbows are being taken in 15-20 feet of water. The A-frame and Big Springs areas are still pick- ing up 2 to 3-pound salmon. For the fly fisherman, this may sound strange, but use the royal wulff in the middle of the day and in the middle of the lake, airport side. A few bass are being caught on the west side in the rockier areas, but it takes some work and patience. ttopefully the winds will die down and the lake won't be so rough. The following businesses contributed to this fi.shing re- port. Dollard's Market, Wig- gin's Trading Post, Bucks Lake Marina, Golden Eagle Guide Service, and Ayoobs in Chester. 1 Lookiny for something special for the gra#luate? We can make all the arrangements! 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