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2C Wednesday, Sept 3, 2014 ' The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, along with sponsor Sierra Nevada Brewery, will host the third annual Lost Sierra Endurance Run on Sept. 6. This event quickly earned a formidable reputation. The course is a 32-mile alpine grinder racking up around 7,000 feet of climbing as it picks its way up to and through the spectacular Lakes Basin above Graeagle. For those less inclined to push the limits of their suffer-meters,. there are two shorter loops (18 miles and a new, popular format 10K course), run almost entirely along singletrack trail. This event is a fundraiser for the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, and there is no better showcase of this area as well as the Stewardship's trail handiwork than the Lakes Basin. This beautiful collection of alpine lakes and amazing granite geology inspired the formation of SBTS a decade ago in order to help preserve this recreational gem for all to enjoy. Proceeds from this event go back into funding further trail work. The stewardship invites all to join it for this masochistic celebration of Plumas County's backyard. For those not planning on running, the stewardship can always use more volunteers. The SBTS invites everyone to come up, join in and relax afterward with a well-earned beverage, some tasty barbecued food, live music and a mile-high endorphin rush. For details about the event, to register and to find out how to volunteer, visit Warm wa ter c ~ .......... . Michael Condon Staff Writer The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad. A.K. Best Fishing in late summer is normally pretty tough. The .. i warmer water and depleted :j oxygen levels slow the fish's metabolism and feeding. The i low water in the streams makes for less cover, resulting in fish that are more skittish. This year has been especially tough. The meager snowpack caused the water ' temperatures to rise and the i levels to fall even more quickly than usual. Fall isn't far away. One . very good thing about fall is that the fishing picks up. But if you are not willing to wait for fall fishing, there are still fish to be caught even in the heat of late summer. Lake Almanor Lake Almanor is a little slow right now but probably providing more fishing action than any of our other local waters. Surface temperature is right around 70 degrees. That is much better than it could have been thanks to a relatively cool August with more cloudy days and a couple good rain showers. The lake level is lower than it has been in a few years and beginning to drop. But it is still far higher than most north state lakes. All of the boat ramps are in excellent shape. Fishing pressure is light. The one real hot spot at Almanor has been the mouth of Hamilton Branch. Predictably, good numbers of fish move into the mouth this time of year for the warmer, more oxygenated water. This year they moved in early. There have been bigger fish and greater numbers of fish than have been seen in many years. I have mixed feelings about fishing Hamilton Branch this time of year. It can be way too crowded for my taste. I am not a fan of combat fishing. And I worry about the many hundreds of fish that are removed from the lake in a situation that is a bit like shooting fish in a barrel. Then I hear about the 10-year-old that had the very Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter This runner crosses the finish line after completing a prior year's 50-kilometer Lost Sierra Endurance Run in the Lakes Basin Area. The third annual run, set for this Saturday, challenges runners with over 7,000 feet of elevation gain. The brutal course was designed for the more experienced runners out there. Photo by James Wilson Road closures et for Saturday's race On Sept. 6, the following Gold Lake rolling closures, traffic Highway/Round Lake cor/trol and no parking Trailhead intersection: areas will be in effect in Traffic control from 9:30 eastern Plumas County to a.m. to 3 p.m. allow for runners' safety Iroquois Road: Traffic in the Lost Sierra control from noon to 6 p.m. Endurance Run, held by The following trail the Sierra Buttes Trail closures will take place: Stewardship. Emergency Mills Peak Trail: access shall be available at Complete closure from 6 a.m. to noon. all times. The following trail right Highway 89: Closure of way encroachments will from Graeagle to the Gold take place: Lake Highway Round Lake Trail, intersection, from 6:50 Round/Silver Lake a.m. to 7:20 a.m. Connector Trail, Silver 22N42 Road: Complete Lake Trail, Long Lake closure from 7 a.m. to 11 Trail, Long Lake a.m. Connector Trail Mud 822 Road: Traffic Lake Trail, Mount control with 5 mph speed ' Elwell Trail, Smith Lake limit from 8 a.m. to noon. Trail, Gray Eagle Creek $721 Road: Traffic Trail: Monitored traffic control with 5 mph speed with spectators and trail limit from 8 a.m. to noon. users allowed on course. best day of the summer fishing Hamilton Branch with his grandfather and it all feels a little better. Hamilton Branch has slowed down just a little bit in the past couple of weeks and may slow down even more as the lake level is dropping fairly fast right now. If you are going to fish the Branch, try drifting salmon eggs or fishing a dark-colored nymph under an indicator in the stream just above the lake. If you are fishing from a boat, there are fish staging just in front of the mouth. The best action for boaters has been drifting suspended baits over springs, according to local guide Doug Neal, of Almanor Fishing Adventures. Doug has been finding some nice browns just outside of Rec 2 near the tip of the peninsula. Doug says the trolling lanes in some of the well-known spots like Rocky Point, Big Springs and A-Frame are reporting a few decent fish; however, anglers are fishing longer and working harder for them. Butt Lake The fishing at Butt Lake depends on the water level. And the water level at Butt Lake can go up and down like challen r anglers a yo-yo, water off the points. Trolling A week and a half ago the woolly buggers is a good bet. water level was up and the powerhouse was running. Bucks Lake Some nice fish were being The lake is low and the fish caught below the powerhouse, are deep. Patient bank anglers They move in there for the and fly fishers are rewarded colder water and the pond with an occasional rainbow or smelt that ght washed down brown, but kokanee are the from Lake Almanor. main attraction at Bucks right Then the lake dropped 6 feet now. in just a couple of days and The key to finding kokanee the fishing shut down. A few is to fish the deep water just days later I went down to above the old creek channels. check it out. The water was Most anglers use a fish finder back up and the fishing was to locate fish and downriggers back on. get their gear to the proper When the water is up, try level. white jigs or other pond smelt Kokanee g ar usually imitations on the powerhouse includes a dodger of some side of the jetty. Small kind (Shasta Tackle Sling nymphs can be effective on Blades are a favorite) with a the creek side. small lure trailed behind. Set Smallmouth bass fishing is the lure back a distance of one good in the main lake. and a half times the length of : : . ...... the dodger . : Antelope Lake ...... Most successful kokanee Antelope Lake is another anglers tip their hooks with a bright spot among the local bit of corn and/or some garlic fisheries. MoSt of our local scent. I have no idea why reservoirs were built for and those work, but they do. managed for hydroelectricity. Another key for kokanee Antelope, on the other hand, . fishing is the trolling speed. was built for flood control. You do not want to troll so fast That gives water managers thatyour dodger spins in the the ability to maintain higher water. It should have a gentle water levels through the side-to-side motion. That summer. Antelope Lake is usually means a very slow very full compared to other trolling speed. north state lakes. The ramp at Sandy Point is Antelope is also full of out of the water although car planted trout. They are not as toppers can still be launched big as those in some other there. Bigger boats have to go local lakes, but what they lack in at Bucks Lake Marina. in size they make up for in If you want the latest numbers, information on Bucks Lake, Try working the deeper and the best gear to Use once nedcoMe For our Msxi~ati, Mexico facility. 1} M. A. in Engr, Sci or Tcch discipt or other prof certifications preferred~ 2) 3-5 yrs of pericnce in the medical device industry. 3) Familiar with manufacturing equipment and validation tes2ing methods~ you get there, stop at the Sportsmen's Den in East Quincy on your way up to the lake. Lake Davis Lake Davis is a shallow . lake, so the water tends to get warm. Fishing has been tough lately Bank fishing is slow, although a few fish are being caught at Mallard. Fly-fishing is slow but a few fish are being caught on woolly buggers or green damsels. Anglers that are trolling or fishing suspended baits on anchor are catching a few fish in the deeper water north of the islands. The lake level is around 55 percent. Stream fishing Stream fi hir g is tough but there are a few bright spots. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, colder water is the key. Fishing below cooler tributaries or springs is the key. Deep canyons are a good bet as they offer booth more shade and often more springs. Deer Creek and Mill Creek are both fishing well. Your best chance is in the morning or evening when the sun is offthe water. This will draw fish out of the deeper holding water to feed on caddis flies and mayflies in the riffles and pocket water. Smaller dry flies will work. If you don't see any surface feeding switch to nymphs. Deer Creek is fishing well near the Elam and Alder campgrounds where there are good numbers of stocked fish. For the adventurous, both of the streams have deep hike-in canyon sections with lots of wild trout. There are small evening hatches on the North Fork Feather above Lake Almanor See Fishing, page 3C 1