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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, June 20, 2012 lC SPORTS AND RE CREATION Nathan Rice (left) looks on as Kathy WhRaker reminds her dass of the lifecyde of trout. Whitaker's class is one of several that will release trout fry as part of Feather River Trout Unlimited's Trout in the Classroom program. Summer fishing Michael Condon Staff Writer "And finally, I fish not be- cause I regard fishing as be- ing terribly important, but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimpor- tant, and not nearly so much fun." ---John Volker We have seen some late spring weather disturbances this year that have prolonged the spring fishing patterns. That has come to an end now that warm summer weather has settled in. The surface water tempera- tures in many local lakes has crept up into the 60s. This will have the fish moving to- wards cooler water. It's time to start changing lake fishing strategies. Fish deeper and look for springs and cold water inlets. Lake Almanor Team Trout and Salmon Tournament Kokanee Power and the AI- manor Fishing Association have teamed up to host the first Lake Almanor Team Trout and Salmon Derby July 7. Personally, I am not a huge. fan of fishing tournaments. To me, the notion of competi- tion runs counter to every- thing I enjoy about fishing. But I can get behind this tournament because the pro. ceeds go right back into the lake. patterns The Almanor Fishing Asso- ciation has a very successful trout rearing operation at A1- manor. They have a great bunch of volunteers running the program. But the fish food can be expensive. The proceeds of this tournament will be used to purchase fish food to keep this incredible operation going. You can get all the tournament details at Streams The North Fork Feather is in good shape, according to Tom Maumoynier of Lake A1- manor Fly Fishing Company. (Tom has the most complete fly shop in the county. Stop by and see him on Main Street in Old Town Chester.) Tom says that nymphs are working best. Golden stone- flies are hatching in the evenings. Deer Creek is also fishing well. Nymphs are the best bet in the morning. There has been a good mayfly hatch late in the afternoon. Mill Creek is still off-color. Yellow Creek to the west of Almanor is one of the most beautiful streams around. The upper creek is a classic spring creek and always chal- lenging to fish. Hopper pat- terns work well in the mead- ow section on breezy days. A stealthy approach is very im. portant. Once Yellow Creek leaves the valley, it becomes a typi- cal freestone creek. The usual caddis and mayfly patterns produce well in this section. Butt Lake The fishing pressure is light, but fishing is good for both trout and bass. The pow- erhouse has been running. White jigs or pond smelt settle imitations are good bets in the powerhouse inlet. Fish- ing is best at dusk. Lake Almanor The fishing at Almanor has slowed a bit. Insect hatches are abundant and fish are still scattered through both basins of the lake according to Doug Neal of Almanor Fishing Adventures. Patient anglers are still catching some nice fish. Doug recommends Speedy Shiners or threaded crawlers behind Strike Master Dodgers. I fished Almanor a few evenings ago and I did see a few Hexagenia hatching. Look for the hatch to pick up over the next couple of weeks. Lake Davis The fishing remains good at Lake Davis. Anglers are catching lots of fat rainbows mostly in the 14- to 18-inch range. Damselfly and blood midge imitations are the hot flies. The west side of the lake is producing the most fish. Needlefish and Sockeye Slammers are the hot lures. Check with folks at J&J Grizzly Store and Camping Resort (832-0270) for current conditions. Frenchman Lake Recent winds have kept an- glers off the lake so fishing reports are scarce this week. The few anglers that were out did well at Turkey Point and near the damn. Anglers reported catching catfish as well as some very nice rain- bows. Call Wiggins Trading Post (993-4683) for the most up-to- date information. Small fry Kathy Whitaker's kindergartners and first-graders, above, take a mess of 34-day-old trout fry out to Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch June 8 to release in the ranch's pond as part of Feather River Trout Unlimited's Trout in the Classroom program. Whitaker's class raised eggs from Eagle Lake in the classroom. The program includes some 20 K-12 classrooms in the upper Feather River watershed. Photos by Mona Hill tt Iil Ill R Floyd A. Boyd Fall River Mills 336-5 JOHN DEERE