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2C Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Mike Idel and Julian Kindresh, right, relax as they patiently wait for the first bite. Idel and Kindresh were two of the 82 participants in this year's Fish for a Wish Derby at Lake Almanor. Below, Kyle Crawford holds up one of the fish he caught. Crawford is a recipient of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. His wish was to catch a fish. Photos by James Wilson James Wilson that made the event possible. Sports Reporter After the derby a spirited auction was held. Baskets of various liquors, fishing sup- A genie's lamp isn't essen- plies and other gifts were all tially necessary to grant donated to the derby. wishes. As is evident This year there was a spe- through the Fish for a Wish cial guest in attendance. Derby, all one needs is a fish- Four-year-old Kyle Crawford, ing rod. from San Mateo, was one of This year,s eighth annual the children the Make-a- Fish for a Wish Derby was a Wish Foundation helped out. huge success, earning a siz- This was the first time in able amount for the Make-a- tournament history that one Wish Foundation. The mon- of the recipients of the Make. ey raised at this year's tour- a-Wish Foundation was in at- nament will be used to grant tendance. the wishes of hopefully up to Crawford has aplastic ane- five children, mia and is in need of a bone Eighty-two participants marrow transplant. Craw- competed this year, all striv- ford's condition leaves him ing to catch the most fish. with a lower blood cell count This year's derby was split of all three types of blood up into two categories: trout cells: red blood cells, white and bass. blood cells and platelets. The derby took place at Big When Make-a-Wish con- Cove Resort on Lake A1- tacted him, Crawford only manor. The lake was spotted had one wish: to catch a fish. with boats competing to land The foundation shipped him the biggest fish. and his family out to Lake The first place winner in Almanor for the special the trout category was the event. team of Doug Neal and Rod On Friday, the day before Overstreet with a total catch the derby, Crawford and his of 9 pounds, 14 ounces. The family were brought to team of Alan Shepherd, Matt Mount Lassen Trout Farms. Goodrich, Mike Kibby and With the private lake all to Page Procker placed second themselves, Crawford caught while Lalan Stahl took third. 10 fish that day while spend- Ken Sawyer and Tom Ox- ing time with his family. The ford took first in the bass cat- following day Crawford and egory with a pull of 8 pounds, his family fished off a boat 4 ounces. Justin Botini and while enjoying the beauty of George Snook placed second Lake Almanor. and Gayle Brown took third. Those interested in donat- More than 300 people were ing to the Make-a-Wish Foun- in attendance this year, sup- dation or receiving more in- porting local anglers and the formation on its charity Make-a-Wish Foundation work may visit Fish and Chips. Fish don't mind smoke filled air Butt Valley and the A1- need, including the latest manor Basin will be draped fishing tips, at Wiggin's in smoke for the next couple Trading Post. Drop in and of weeks, see them on your way up to the lake or give them a call Lake Alma.nor at 993-4683. The water quality at A1- manor is much better than to 19 inches.Doug has been doing well mooching an- chovy tails eight to 10 feet off the bottom. During the Fish for a Wish Derby Doug changed up and trolled just south of Big Springs where he and his Partner Rod Overstreet hooked a mix of salmon and rainbows stacking SeP's Strike Master Dodgers and half a crawler at 25 feet and 44 feet down. They managed three fish weighing 9 pounds, 14 ounces. That was enough to take the top spot in the tournament. Antelol~e is farther away Bucks Lake and further south from the Trollers are still doing fire than Butt Lake and Lake well at Bucks Lake. The Almanor. Some days it may catch has been mostly not get much smoke, but on browns and rainbows with a others days it could get a fair few kokanee and brook trout amount. Either way, it will in the mix. The hot spots have less smoke and might Lake Davis seem to be in front of both be a good alternative to Butt The water has warmed in- the Bucks Creek and Mill andAlmanor, to the low 70s and the fishing Creek inlets. has slowed down just a bit. Frenchman Lake Fishing has been great at Frenchman Lake this past week for both trollers and bank anglers. Early morning bank an- glers are catching rainbows up to 18 inches using bright Butt Lake green PowerBait or worms. Butt Lake will be getting a On Saturday two Reno an- bit of a rest for a while. All glers were fishing at the dam of the campgrounds and the and caught their limits with- day use/boat ramp area are in an hour. closed to public access due Fly anglers are doing well to the fire. deep lining midges early in the morning. A full sink line Antelope Lake is your best bet. There is an I have heard a couple re- evening midge hatch. Try ports that Antelope Lake is midges and soft hackle flies fishing well. But I don't just under the surface once know enough to offer specif- the sun gets off the water un- ic recommendations. Ante- til dark. lope has lots of structure. It The fishing is great, the has a mix of rainbows, brook weather is warm and you trout and both smallmouth can find everything you and largemouth bass. Michael Condon Staff Writer the air quality. Water clarity isexcellen round 17 feet and water temperature at Give a man a fish and he the surface is in the low 70- has food for a day; teach him degree range. how to fish and you can getAir quality is another rid of him for the entire matter. Smoke from the weekend. --Zenna Schaffer Chips Fire settles into the Almanor Basin every night. I like smoked fish a lot. That is much more a con- But smoked fishing is anoth- cern for the fisherman than er matter. And right now the fish and it is not likely to that is what is on the menu for much of northern change anytime soon. For those anglers willing Plumas County. to endure the smoke, the The Chips Fire is on the fishing is very good. The in- loose. It started along the Pa- sect hatches are about done. cific Crest Trail in the The pond smelt population is Feather River Canyon and isvery healthy with lots of big now well-established in the smelt this year. The fish are Yellow Creek and North Fork Feather River beginning to key on the drainages, smelt and looking for cooler water. This should make It's not going away any- fishing a bit less of a puzzle. time soon. These are steep,Doug Neal of Almanor rugged and hnaccessible Fishing Adventures likes canyons and several thou- sand acres are likely to burn Big Springs these days. Doug before the fire is controlled, says the salmon are in there: lots of salmon averaging 18 BUSINESS EQUIPMENT Sales Service Supplies Save decks & siding from water damage Downspouts water diverter Custom installation Adds value & appeal to your house CA LIe #690120 Michael Kirack, Owner/Builder 22 Different Colors FREE ESTIMATES iiii CONSTRUCTION, INC /" , 7"=. There are still a few damsel flies on the water but most fish have gone deeper. Try fishing eight to 20 feet deep. Trollers should try Dick Nite lures. Fly anglers should use midges, woolly buggers or Jay Fair Wiggle Tail Nymphs. Eagle Lake Fishing had slowed but is starting to pick up again. The water has warmed to the low 70s and the fish are mov- ing deeper. Fish are between 12 and 20 feet deep. Trollers are doing well with Needle- fish and Jay Fair Trolling Flies. Fly anglers should try tui chub imitations or Jay Fair Wiggle Tail nymphs along the tule edges early in the morning. O J ~ . ,:,;;'~f:::: ~:. * Two Local Technicians ~:~'~ : Copiers & Fax Machines : Laser Printers ~ ~' New or Remanufactured (888) 447-2679 * (530) 284-1112 Fax: (530) 284-1102 * 101 Pine St Greenville Serving Plumas, Lassen, Sierra & Modoc Coun~es Horse Plus Humane Society This is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing equines from abuse, neglect, abandonment and worse. Horse Plus Humane Society Its main goal is to heal P.O. Box 6108 those horses and adopt them to loving homes. Oroville, CA 95966 Horses available for adoption. 530-282-5565 This message sponsored by: I~:~:;~ 362 Crescent St, Quincy (next to Feather River Rtness) F 9-5:30 M-F * Sat. 9-4 Streams The North Fork Feather River above Lake Almanor is in good shape. Nymphs are working best. Golden stones and mayflies are hatching in the evenings. Warner Creek is also fish- ing well with lots of small natives being caught and re- leased. Deer Creek is an excellent choice for stream fishing. The upper creek is easily ac- cessed from Highway 32. The stretch near the camp- grounds is stocked with rainbow trout and makes a great place for beginning and experienced anglers alike. Eggs and crickets are top choices for bait anglers. Fly anglers should try prince nymphs and para- chute adams. Lower Deer Creek offers a beautiful setting for the an- glers who are willing to hike a bit. Watch for summer run king salmon holding in the deeper pools. They migrate up the creek in the early spring and spend the sum- mer in the deepest pools waiting to spawn in the fall. It is truly amazing to see such large fish in a small creek. Remember they are an endangered species and it is illegal to fish for or harass them in any way. Hamilton Branch right at the mouth is a popular spot now as fish move from the lake into the cooler water. The upper stream is fishing well with dry flies in the evening. For the latest information on streams in the Almanor area, stop by or call the Lake Almanor Fly Fishing Com- pany in Chester (258-3944). For stream information in central and eastern Plumas County stop by or call Allan Bruzza at the Sportsmen's Den in Quincy (283-2733). t'