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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, July 23, 2014 15B Local fi h has und rved Ryan Thoni ourselves about the dynamic and 14-inch smallmouth Ichthyologist/Doctoral Candidate nature of our local fishery, bass nearer to the dam. Saint Louis University The most common reason The ability of these fish to for the slaying of countless partition resources while i A cool breeze swept its pikeminnows over the years also keeping each other's way up the canyon walls has been that they eat the population in check via keeping the otherwise eggs, or fry, of trout. This is, predation and competition stifling July heat at bay for without a doubt, what they has led to a bountiful a moment. The whip of a do; but the misconception is distribution of large long cast, followed by the that, in doing so, they are members of all species distant splash of long-bodied culpable for the demise of throughout the lake. shallow running Rapala was trout fishing where they the only other noise exist. Pikeminnow as gamefish accompanying the wind. Rainbow trout and Pikeminnows are Twitch twitch, zzzzzzzzz!!! pikeminnows coevolved foraggressive predators. As a Cruising the steep canyon tens of thousands of years in result, they can be caught banks of the deep and the Feather River. The on an array of tackle mysterious Rock Creek pikeminnow never typically used to target bass Reservoir in the Feather decimated the trout and trout. I have personally River Canyon is a native population. What is much caught specimens up to 6 river monster. It is an more likely, however, is pounds and 27 inches using aggressive predator that the pikeminnows kepttop-water lures such as frog sometimes reaching lengths the trout population fromimitations. However they beyond 3 feet! getting too big, which would are more Usually taken on The Sacramento result in a population-wide crankbaits, spinners and pikeminnow (Ptychocheilus stunting of growth, as jigs. They can be caught on grandis), sometimes happens in many trout lakes a vast arsenal of flies as referred to as a squawfish, that lack predators, well. and far too frequently So it can be argued that Another common referred to as a "trash-fish," pikeminnows are an misconception about is native to all the major essential part of pikeminnows is that they tributaries of the maintaining a trophy trout are not good fighters. This Sacramento River system, fishery, is simply not true. They are including many of the lakes, Plumas County's own notorious drag-strippers rivers and streams of Lake Almanor is a great and typically deep fighters. Plumas County. example of the coexistence Trophy pikeminnow, those The pikeminnow has between pikeminnows and over 25 inches in length, received an undeserving bad other trophy game fish, frequently make multiple rap for decades, It is all too including rainbow and boat-side runs. What they common to hear that brown trout as well as some lack in aerial displays they someone caught a very large smallmouth bass. make up for in their pikeminnow while targeting As an avid fisherman in instantaneous bursts of trout and threw it on the the area, I have personally energy. bank to die. Not only is this hit the "Almanor hat-trick" Pikeminnows bear a behavior wasteful and -- a four-species day -- striking resemblance to the slightly disturbing, it is also catching a 25-inch much-sought-after redfish of a representation of our poor pikeminnow and 16-inch the Gulf Coast. For this ability to understand the rainbow at Hamilton reason I often refer to them ecosystem and educate Branch, and a 23-inch brown as the Plumas County Local angler Eddy Mutch holds a 25-inch pikeminnow caught on a Rebel crankbait and 6-pound test line in Rock Creek Dam Reservoir. The fish was released. Photo submitted redfish. Feather River Canyon, this Baits and techniques: As The last myth of this reservoir is impossible to opportunistic omnivores, species to address is that it miss. Highway 70 meanderspikeminnows can be caught does not taste good, or is along its banks for its on nearly all bass and trout very bony. I cannot attest to entirety. This reservoir is lures; however, some this, as I am a loaded with trophy Plumasspecific baits to add to your catch-and-release angler,County redfish. Be sure to arsenal are gold or chrome and just as I do with anypark clear of the road and hard jerkbaits, such as other sportfish, I want watch for traffic if walking Rapala husky jerk or future generations to enjoy the banks near the highway. Xcalibur twitch bait. its drag-screamin', Indian Creek to the Tandem spinnerbaits are arm-tiring fight! Greenville Wye: Fishing also great for catching large It is time that we embrace with spinners and small jigs pikeminnows. If you wish to this local gem and utilize it in the pools beneath rapids really go big, some success as yet another great natural can yield good numbers and has come using jointed resource of the region. The an occasional big one. swimbaits like the MS Plumas County redfish is Lake Almanor: This is a Slammer and Triple Trout. resilient, strong and here to trophy lake for all species, Fast erratic action with stay, so tight lines, wet nets but pikeminnows have beenshort pauses works well and catch a local river overlooked for years. Some with most baits for monster this summer! good spots to try are Pikemonnows. Iridescent or Hamilton Branch and the brown streamer flies Local hotspots and boulders near the dam. imitating pond smelt or techniques Think big for big fish. carp fry, respectively, are Rock Creek Dam: Located Swimbaits, crankbaits anddecent choices for the fly about halfway down the large jerkbaits work well. rod. Weekly market features diverse music This Thursday, July 24, the bone density scan from the will be in attendance and Quincy Certified Farmers' Plumas District Hospital band information: To sign up Market welcomes Andrew Radiology Department, a bag for the newsletter, or check Ohren & Friends, who will be of stone fruit from LaViolette the market's calendar of providing classical, jazz, Orchards, a bag of fresh events, visit modern and progressive vegetables from Lee's QuincyFarmersMarket.org. acoustic entertainment. Produce, a bar of goat milk Each Thursday from 4:30 to At 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. every soap from Heaven Sent and a - 7:30 p.m. farmers, crafters, Thursday the market holds full-sized Quincy Certified hot meals and live music are drawings for a variety of Farmers' Market poster, at the corner of Church and unique prizes. To enter the The farmers' market has an Main streets in downtown drawing, market attendees email newsletter with a Quincy. need only make a purchase weekly announcement of For more information from any vendor and ask for a prizes, as well as what about the market, including ticket, seasonal produce to expect, the benefits matching This week's prizes include a what prepared food vendors program, call 487-4386. Keely and Chris are the featured musicians at the July 10 Quincy Certified Farmers' Market. From left: Kelsey Kepple, Jonathan Fitch, Keely Nesbit, Nathan Retallack and Chris Retallack. Not pictured: Graham Shea. 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