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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Sept~. 22, 2010 3C FISHING REPORT Real men don't poach Michael Condon Staff Writer The approach of fall signals some excellent fishing in Plumas County. Unfortunate- ly, it is also a time of year when the unscrupulous, un- ethical, no class (I could go on with the descriptors...) poach- ers will hit the water. I have heard reports of some people catching their limits at Bucks Lake, taking the fish to their vehicles and returning for more fish. These are not sportsmen; they are jerks. Fish and game laws are de- signed to protect our re- sources, If you observe some- one violating the rules, call (888) 334-2258) If possible, in- clude a description of the ve- hicle and a license number. Now for the more pleasant information: Middle Fork Feather According to local guide Jan Baiocchi of Baiocchi's Troutfitters, 228-0487, this is prime time for fly action from Two Rivers to Sloat. There is a massive blue winged olive (BWO) mayfly spinner fall in the morning with some emergers mixed in. Fish are selective, but long leaders and a size 16 dark olive pattern can get you into some fish. In the afternoon, try a hop- per pattern with a bead head nymph on a dropper. In the evening, #16 Pale Evening Duns are doing very well - look for risers. Baiocchi's Troutfitters is a full service fly fishing guide company based in Graeagle. Fly fishing is in Jan's genes a~ his father, Bob, is not only an excellent fisherman, but also a lifelong and award-winning advocate for the protection of our fishery resources. Check out Jan's beautiful website at His blog is especially interesting. North Fork Feather River In last week's column I mentioned the North Fork Feather is an often-overlooked fishery that holds some good fish. Local angler Terry Sanchez understands that. Last week he caught a 26-inch, 7-pound brown trout at the Caribou powerhouse using a small gitzit. Lakes Basin According to the folks at Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden (836-2589), the mackinaw action is start- ing to heat up at Gold Lake. Fish up to 15 pounds have been caught. Try trolling 50- 80 feet through the trench. Rapalas or Jack'O Diamonds flashers with crawlers are good baits. At Sardine Lake trolling crawlers behind a flasher has been producing limits. Fish- ing off Big Rock is most pro- ductive at Packer Lake. Try fluorescent red PowerBait. At Salmon Lake fish the back cove by the outlet or straight off the dock. Gold andSUver/Blue Kastmasters or Green Power- Bait are the best baits. If you don't mind a short hike, Lower Salmon Lake can be excellent. I caught my largest ever (about 3 pounds) brook trout there fly fishing from a float tube. Bucks Lake I managed to fish Bucks Lake this week. Even though it was late morning by the time I hit the water, I did man- age to catch a couple fish. and along the East Shore near The fish are still millingHamilton Branch. around in front of Mill Creek He has been hooking into and Bucks Creek coves. Most dozens offish 8 - 10 feet deep. are about 35 feet deep, al- One day last week, he estimat- though they can be found ed 15 double hook-ups while clear up to the surface. Ifisfiing with fellow guide caught mine in less than 10 Mark Jimenez of Big Mead- feet of water just because I en- ows Guide Service (596:3072). joy fishing shallow. Most fish hooked have been Small streams Eagle Lake rainbows in the 13- ' 16 inch range. Roger believes Plumas County is loaded these are recently planted fish. with small streams, far too He strongly recommends (and many to mention by name here. Most receive very light I certainly agree) releasing these fish. Let them over win- pressure and should be fish- ter and get bigger. ing very well now. There are some larger fish Fly anglers should try .Yel- mixed in. Fish deeper to tar, low and red humpys in size 16. Size 10 and 12 hopper patterns get the larger fish. As the wa- will work well and if the wa- ter temperatures continue to drop the larger fish will move ter is deep enough try a bead closer to the surface. head pheasant tail dropper. Midday is best. Frenchman Lake Lake Almanor The folks at Wiggin's Trad- Almanor is good and will ing Post (993-4683) report fish- only get better as the water ing has been excellent around temperature continues to the lake. Limits have been drop according to Roger Keel- caught near Lunker Point and ing of Roger's Guide Service by the dam. Nightcrawlers are (284-6429). producing for bait fishers and Roger saysChe best action is olive of black flies are bring- from Rec 2 to Bailey Springs ing success to fly fishers. Full moon hike tomorrow The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and Gray Eagle Lodge fare hosting a Full Moon Hike Thursday, Sept. 23. This family friendly event starts at Gray Eagle Lodge for dinner, happy hour and an informational talk on the future of trail projects in Sierra and Plumas counties. This will be followed by a two mile, round trip hike from Gray Eagle Lodge to Smith Lake. Par- ticipants will need to RSVP and bring plenty of water, layers and a flashlight. This is a free hike open to everyone, although there is a charge for the dinner at'Gray Eagle Lodge. Please RSVP to the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship by calling 836-4333 or emailing ery in Officials expected healthy returns of spring and fall run Chinook salmon when the Feather River Hatchery opened the spawning hold- ing pen gate Wednesday, Sept. 15. Based on observation of the number of salmon hold- ing in the river below the hatchery, an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 fish are like- ly to return to the hatchery over the next few weeks. They will be spawned in the hatchery over the next two months. "A good return of spring and fall run Chinook salmon should help the Feather River Hatchery meet its egg-take goal of 12 million," said hatchery manager Anna Kastner. "We strive to take eggs from each segment of the total re- ime go turn each fall." The sport fishing season on the Feather River, July 31 through Aug. 29, targeted a harvest of approximately 1,000 fall run Chinook salmon. That goal was reached by the end of the season. A total of 8,200 Sacramen- to River fall run Chinook salmon were allocated for harvest on the Sacra- mento River and itstribu- taries based on this year's harvest allotments by the Pacific Fishery Manage- ment Council. Season dates and limit re- strictions were also set specifically to support har- vest allocation goals. Dueto high water conditions, bank fishing Was not as produc- tive as in past years, and most of the salmon caught salmon "val were taken by boat anglers. The hatchery's spawning program ensures that the spawned salmon will not go to waste. One half of all the fish are made available to local tribal representatives and the other half will be given to California food banks through a state con- tractor. The anticipated return of salmon to the Feather River Hatchery bodes well. for the upcoming Oroville Salmon Festival, be held at the Feather River,Hatchery and in downtownOroville Sat- urday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More informatiOn on this event is available at lak~- on=com_content&view=arti cle&id-- ll4&Itemid= 13. ! 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