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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 13B l water is the key find fe in h Michael Condon Staff Writer mcondon@plurnasnews.com Most of the world is covered by water. A fisherman's job is simple: Pick out the best parts. -Charles Waterman The July heat wave has given way to slightly cooler weather during the first haft of August. That is good news for fish and for anglers. The heat wave was raising surface water temperatures well above the comfort range for trout. Although still on the warm side, water temperatures have declined some during the past few weeks. But cool water is still the key to finding feeding fish. It you are not fishing creek mouths or springs, fish deep; 30 to 40 feet deep or just off the bottom. Lake Almanor Most of the action at Almanor is in the east basin right now according to Doug Neal of Almanor Fishing Adventures. The trout and salmon are keying on the abundant pond smelt. Boats are scattered throughout the basin looking for feeding fish. Decent reports are coming from the usual areas with cooler water like the mouth of Hamilton Branch, Big Strings, Rocky Point, and Rec 1 to the A-Frame. Doug advises anglers to be on the water early with lines in by 5:45 a.m. for the best action. By 11 in the morning the bite is pretty much over. Trollers are pulling fast action lures like Speedy Shiners in red and gold or silver hammer finish. Needle Fish in 3 dot frog are also working well. (I don't know who comes up with the designs and names for these lures. I can imagine some of them may have been the same folks who produced the amazing psychedelic concert light shows back in the day.) Mealworms or nightcrawlers trolled very slowly behind a dodger are also effective. No matter which rig you choose, the key is to fish deep. Thirty to 35 feet deep is a good place to start. Fly fishing is tough right now. There are some mayflies and caddis hatching. Hamilton Branch or the mouth of the North Fork Feather are the best bets for top-water action; maybe the only bets. Working rocky shores near springs and seeps with a full sink line and pond smelt imitations like Jansen's Minnow is another good option. That full sink line is the key. Butt Lake The powerhouse has been running and fish are on main channel feeding on the pond smelt flushed down from Lake Almanor. If the water temperature increases, look for the fish to move over to the But Creek channel in search of cooler water. This is some tough fishing as these are very wary fish. The main lake is warm and the fishing is slow. Butt Lake is fairly shallow and does not hold the cold water refuges that some other lakes do. Antelope Lake Antelope Lake is nearly full and the fishing has been decent. This is a great place to troll for trout in the early morning and then switch to bass later in the day. Just be prepared for the water skiers and jet skis, especially on weekends. Indian Creek just below the Lake is also fishing very well offering another very good angling option. So if it is variety you are after, Antelope Lake is an excellent choice. Bucks Lake Bucks Lake is a great choice right nqw for kokanee fishing. The kokanee in Bucks are not as large as they are in many other lakes, but they are at their best in August and September. These are mostly 12- to 14-inch fish and they are a blast to catch on light gear. They are also very tasty. Because the Bucks Lake kokanee are so numerous (that is the reason they are on the small side) there is no reason to release them. This fishery offers a perfect catch-and-keep option. They are arguably over-populated and because of that, the California Fish and Wildlife Commission has established a 10 fish limit rather than the normal five fish in other lakes. The best way to fish for kokanee is to troll very small spoons or spinners behind a small dodger. These landlocked salmon prefer deep cold water. Bryan Roccucci of Big Daddy's Guide Service has been getting his clients into 10 fish limits. He said he is catching fish between 32- and 35-feet deep right now. That is a good place to start but let your sonar be your guide. A downrigger is a must. Use ultralight gear for some really fun fishing. Weekdays will be best. Bucks Lake is very popular with the jet ski and the wake-board crowd. This will be slowing down now that some schools are starting back up, but weekends will still be busy for a while. Even then, anglers own the lake early in the morning. High Elevation Lakes Head to the high country if you want some decent fishing and relief from the August heat. The fish, like the lakes themselves tend to be smaller than their mid elevation counterparts. The water in these lakes is not quite as warm as their lower elevation counterparts and that can make for some better fishing. In the north end of the county there is Echo, Silver, Caribou, and Crater. The latter three lakes are in Lassen County but within easy reach of the Almanor basin. To the south, Lakes Basin Recreation Area straddles the Plumas and Sierra County line. There are many hike-in options here but he most popular lakes are accessible by paved road. Snag, Goose, Lower Sardine, Gold and Upper Salmon have all been planted with catchable trout and offer decent fishing with easy access in a beautiful setting. Streams Stream flows that have been on the high side all summer have fmally settled into very fishable levels on all local streams. Even Mill Creek, normally the last stream to clear enough to be fishable, has finally settled in low and clear flows, and is reported to have some decent evening fly fishing. Just like with our local lakes, finding cold water is the key to successful stream fishIng in August. Look for evidence of springs or seeps or try fishing just downstream from tributary mouths. The North Fork of the Feather above Lake Almanor and the Middle Fork of the Feather downstream from Two Rivers are both good options. Deer Creek is also fishing very well right now. Try small spoons and spinners in the deeper pools or drift eggs through the riffles. Fly anglers should try nymph patterns like pheasant tails, prince nymphs, zug bugs, or stimulators. A dry/dropper rig can be very effective. I like to drift a hopper pattern near the stream banks in the middle of the day. It is getting late in the year for flying ants, but if you do see them these are a favorite for opportunistic trout. In the late afternoon and evening mayflies and golden stones should be active. Switch to attractor dries or try matching the hatch. GOLF RESULTS Bailey Creek Women's Golf Club The Aug. 9 play day was followed by our monthly meeting. We all welcomed back our returning member, Lou Johnson. This week's game was "Low Net and Putts" and paid two places in Flight 1 and three places in Flight 2. Flight 1 winners were Donna White, first place and Kym Coco second place. Flight 2 winners were Jenni Cesarin, first place, Wynnetta Regli, second place and Joyce Gronroos finishing third place. Congratulations t-o~ll our winners, and thank yous go to all who participated. It was a beautiful day for golf, with the hot spell starting to recede. We encourage more members to join in the fun as the weather starts to cool down. Another week passed. Summer is coming to an end; it seems too soon. We had a great turn out for our game of"Stableford," for those of you who don't know what that is (I didn't know either), it is using "pops" to score each hole, giving birdies, pars and bogeys different points. The weather started our beautiful, but even though it was beautiful, the temperature started to climb, ending at 93 degrees by the time we finished. For those of us who forged through, the winners were: in'st flight -- first place, Donna White, who also had a birdie on Hole 2 (yea); second place, Joan Dickerson, with a birdie on Hole 13. In the second flight the winners were: first place, Diana Pallari and second place Jenni Cesarin. Everyone enjoyed the day and look forward to our yearly "Backyard Foodfest," hosted by Jenni and Rick Cesarin, on Sunday, Aug. 21st. Until next Wednesday, have a great week. Graeagle Meadows Men's Golf Association Friday, Aug. 11, was good day for going low. Half the Badditos field posted net scores under 70. John Sciborski took first with a 64, Chuck Frank placed second with a 65 and Jim Oster took third with a 66. Fourth place resulted in a three-way tie that included Norm Nichols, George Fraser and Dennis Chegwin. All posted 67s. Individual skins were won by Norm Nichols, Leo Reihsen, Jack Cornish and John Sciborski. The Wednesday Play day was supplanted by round one of the Guys and Gals Couples Championship. The Wednesday Play Day will resume on Aug. 23 at the usual time. The Men's Regular, Senior and Super Senior Championship will be held on Aug. 25 and 27. Contact Dan Friedman with any questions. Plumas Pines Women's Golf Club Tuesday, Aug. 15, saw perfect weather for the PPWGC play day. The game was Trifecta. Each player Topsoil, Manure Compost & Manure ...... 12 yards, delivered* $350 Only .............................. 12 yards, delivered* $350 - Screened and Processed - SAND & GRAVEL AVAILABLE Call (530) 257-4506 *Susanville area, call for outlying areas. Now Available Wine Barrel Planters WE DELIVER 1080 Hwy 36, Chester (Near the diversion canal) , Sand & Gravel , Bark- Chips & Shredded , Decorative Rock , Top Soil , Mulch & Manure ,Vintage & Locally.Made Yard Art your well-dressed yard received a point each time she did the following: hit the fairway on her drive, had two or fewer putts and played the hole without a penalty. Players also scored an extra point for finishing the round with the same ball. The winners were those with the most points. First flight-- first place: Jackie Luckey, with 49 points; second place: Lana Janovick, with 47 points; third place: Sharon Russell, with 46 points. Second flight-- i first place: Jan Pierce, with 46 poinB; second place tie: Mary Peters and Mary Stonebraker, with 44 points each. On Hole 11, Mary Peters won closest to the pin. Mary Stonebraker, Jan Pierce and Doni Burt, each had a chip-in. LACC Women's Golf Club LACC Women's Golf Club played a game of Just Net and Putts on Aug. 15. Congratulations to the following winners: Flight 1 -- First Place, Maggie Fleming, net 71; Second Place, Linda Yaap, net 73; Third Place, Trudy Leete, net 78. Flight 2 -- First Place, Joan D'Angelo, net 78; Second Place, the three winners with a net 80 were Collette Prentke, Linda Rawson and Peggy Lentz. Our low putt winners were Peggy Lentz and Jean Rolls, both with 33 putts and Jean Rolls had a chip-in on Hole 15. The 50/50 pot winners were Jane Hilliard and Trudy Leete. Next Tuesday is Captain and Crew, our last big celebration of the season, although our season doesn't officially end until the end of September. It is a fun-filled day of golf followed by good food and entertainment and our awards ceremony. We all look forward to it each year. LACC Women's Golf Club Tuesday morning 18-hole and Thursday morning 9-hole leagues are open to women outside the community, ff you are Interested in playing, please call our membership chairperson, Jessie King, at 259-2896. Mt. Huff Golf The Wednesday Morning Scramble on Aug. 16 got off to a rousing start. In fin:st place, at 10-under-par, was the team of Jeff Stevens, Ron Carter and Loren Lindner. Second place rolled in at 7-under-par, giving the slot to Margie Joseph, Darel Joseph, Tom Gossett and Sharon Carter. Not to be outdone, the third place ranking at 6-under-par went to Ralph Cote, Don McCounell and Mike Ingle. Jeff Stevens hit it closest to the pin, and Margie Joseph, who won the chip-in with a hole-in-one on Hole 4, which is a difficult hole. Margie treated everyone to a round of drinks, which of course, is the golf tradition. Thursday night, Aug. 17, golfers came for nine holes of fun, laughter and amazing shots. The evening was enjoyed by many. As the cards came in, the oh noes and only ifs were being said on the porch as the golfers looked out at the beautiful sight, some hoping for a glimpse of the deer and fawns. The results were in and coming in third place was the team of Mike Ingle, Butch Back and Dick Grace. Second place was the team of Tom Gossett, Jeff Stevens, Darel Joseph and Margie Joseph. And victorious was the team of Matt Taborski, Donnie Hubbell, Mike Taddei and David Smuts. Thursday night scrambles are open to everyone and are a ton of fun. Sign in at 4:30 p.m., Tee off at 5 p.m. For more information call Mr. Huff Golf Course at 284-6300. Graeagle Meadows Women's Golf Club Thursday, Aug. 17, the game of the day was "Mutt and Jeff." Players counted their par 3, par 5 and one best par 4 hole scores and then subtracted half of their handicap for a net score. Flight A -- In:st place, Bey Reynolds (31.5); second place, Priscilla Piper (32.5); third place, Cathy Churchill (33.0). Flight B -- first place, Lorraine Cornish (30.0); second place, Maureen Ford (31.0); third place, Dee Walker (32.5). Right C -- first place, Giuliana Glazer (29.0); second place, Annie Fischer (32.0); third place, Karen Fraser (32.5). Chip-ins: Maureen Ford (Holes 3 and 11), Giuliana Glazer (Hole 3) and Annie Fischer (Hole 4). Whitehawk Ladies It was a beautiful sunny day for all those who participated In Whitehawk's Ladies Invitational "Redneck Cowgirl." We started off with a light brealffast and team pictures. Then we hopped into our carts and took off for a round of Two Best Ball Gross and Two Best Ball Net. The Filly Race results follow: Palomino Flight-- first place, Walker and Rudy; second place McNamara and Craig. Pinto Flight-- first place, Erne and Seden; second place, Friedman and Gerold. Buckskin Flight: first place, Davis and Graham; second place, Crowe and Trifeletti. Most Accurte Drive -- Guests, Argent; Member, Knott. Longest Drive-- Guest, Jackson; Member, Competello. Closest to the hole-- Guest, Aldinger; Member-- Dimmerling. In the Elvira Flight-- first place Gross, Zeigler, Walker, Rudy and Prim; second place Gross, Knott, Byorick, Jackson and DeFranceso; first place Net, Miller, Thompson, Neal and Stanovich; second (wldle it For morn in,oration call $5o-283-o2o2 ext. 519 258-7754