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. vveanesaay, uct. i& ZUlU Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter color, tr il work and birding DELAINE FRAGNOLI Managing Editor My family, including my 10, year-old, headed up to Bucks Lake for trail work with the Sierra Buttes Trail Steward- ship late last month. The turnout was good -- about three-dozen locals-- and we accomplished a lot. We built two turnpikes (elevated sec- tions of trail through muddy areas) on a rerouted section of the mountain bike loop. My daughter and I made a formi- dable culvert-digging, wheel- barrow-pushing team. We were well rewarded with am- ple food and beverage throughout the day for our ef, forts. It's amazing what a kid will do in exchange for an enormous chocolate muffin. The trail gurus at SBTS have rerouted that leg so rid- ers and hikers have a genuine loop. Next time you're in the area, check it out. The re-route should also make the trail easier to follow for snowshoers and skiers. I know I have definitely thrashed about in the past on the loop. Next up, SBTS heads way down to Hartman Bar for a clean-up party Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23 - 24, along the Middle Fork of the Feather River Volunteers will meet at the South Hartman Bar Trail- head, 31 miles from Feather Falls, at 9 a.m. and will depart for trail maintenance projects from there. Due to the remote location of the trail maintenance, vol- unteers should expect to hike up to 9 miles roundtrip over moderate to difficult terrain. For those who want a hardy day of hiking, a river clean-up will take place at the end of the trail at Hartman Bar. The Hartman Bar Trail starts at an elevation of 4,833 feet and ends at the Feather River at 2,310 feet. SBTS will provide all of the food, tools and an after-work party Saturday. The after- work barbecue and party will be held at the Southside Trail- head on Hartman Ridge. Volunteers should bring their own work gloves, day- pack, sun protection and plenty of water. Please sign up in advance for this event by e-mailing or calling 836-4333, or go online at This just in: Lassen Vol- canic National Park has closed the Lassen Peak Trail for the season due to weather. The Lassen Volcanic Na- tional Park trail crew and California Conservation Corps began work this sum- mer on the five-year Reach the Peak Trail Rehabilitation Project. Milestones for the project include the successful completion of the largest heli- copter transport operation in the park's history, recon- structing retaining walls, and building a series of steps above the Grandview area. Trails work leader Joe Pet- tegrew said, "This project is complex, and hands down, this was the best trail crew I have ever worked with." Trail accessibility informa- tion is available on the park website at ent-lassen-peak-trail-sta- tus.htm. For additional park infor- mation, visit the park website at or call 595- 4480. Fall color should be peak- ing this week or next-- a per- fect time for some hikes with the Eagle Lake Ranger Dis- trict on the Lassen National Forest. Two tour opportuni- ties await you: Fall Colors Walks are planned for Sun- day, Oct. 17, and Friday, Oct. 22. Visitors Will meet at l0 a.m. both days at Goumaz Campground. Although some degree of luck is involved in timing, hopes are high that these weekend walks will provide hikers with all that autumn has to offer. In addition to the colors, visitors will be treated to some local history. Hikers are encouraged to bring their cameras and GPS equipment if they have them. Participants should be pre- pared for an easy two-hour hike on the Bizz Johnson Trail. Children are welcome on this walk through the for- est. Weather conditions are always changing in the forest, so hikers should dress in lay- ers. Please pack a lunch, ex- tra water and a first aid kit. While participants may choose to simply show up at Goumaz Campground, the Ea- gle Lake Ranger District Of- fice would appreciate a call at 257-4188. If you're traveling this fall in California you can call the regional hotline at (800) 354- 4595, where weekly recorded messages with updates of fo- liage peaks will be available. As colors change in Lassen County, look for local infor- mation and photos on the for- est's website at Also out Lassen way, the Lassen Land and Trails Trust will host a birding outing Sat- urday, Oct. 23, at Eagle Lake. Meet at 9 a.m. at Mariners Re- sort at Stones Landing. The group will view birds at Stones Landing, Spalding and the south end of Eagle Lake. This will be a half-day to full-day trip, depending on bird viewing and interest. Walking will be easy and less than a half mile. Bring water and lunch. Dr. Lew Oring, a retired professor of ornithology from University of Nevada - Reno, will lead the trip. How does weal nel" :t fishing? Michael Condon Staff Writer If you don't like the weath- er, just wait a while and it will change. Around the first of October, the temperatures were run- ning about 90 degrees; unsea- sonably warm. Suddenly overnight, the skies were filled with thunder and light- ning, the temperatures had dropped significantly and the wind was blowing. Now, tem- peratures seem to be settling somewhere near normal for this time of year. You may be wondering what all those changes mean for fish and we anglers who pursue them. I thought I would ask an expert. I checked in with Jan Baioc- chi of Baiocchi Troutfitters of Graeagle, 836-1115. The answer is perfectly log- ical: What makes the fishing so great in fall is the cooler water temperatures that make fish more active. That 90-degree weather we had ac- tually warmed water tempera- tures. It wasn't enough to really slow the fishing down, but it did, in all likelihood, slow the momentum towards the peak of fall fishing. The cooler rainy weather probably got us back on track. The wind and rain probably blew and washed more food into the water, especially to the streams. So while you might need to dress a bit more warmly than a couple of weeks ago, there is no reason to stay home. Here is how our local wa- ters are shaping up: Lake Davis: The fishing at Lake Davis has picked up some. Trolling has been good. Ed from Dillard's has been catching lots of fish in the 14- to 16-inch range. The silver red head Dick Nite and the copper red head Dick Nite are working best. The cinnamon Wooly Bug- ger, Sheep Creek and snail patterns are working well for the fly fishing. Shore fishing has picked up at Mallard, Coots and Fairview. Worms that are slightly inflated and rainbow PowerBait are also good. Frenchman Lake: Fishing has been great around the dam and at Lunker's Point. Limits of rainbows from 1-1/2 to 2 pounds are not uncom- mon. Trolling has been good near Frenchman's Campground. Anglers are finding success with a variety of baits. Night- crawlers are the favorites. Flies in olive, black, gray, and brown are also catching fish. Bucks Lake: Bucks seems to be the lake with the Kokanee action that just will not end. Bryan Roccucci of Big Dad- dy's Guide Service, 283-4103, hit the water recently and found the solid bite was still there; in fact it might have gotten a little better. His efforts were concentrat- ed in the deeper water be- tween Rainbow Point and the dam. Most of the fish in this area are not nearly as "col- ored up" as fish in the Bucks Creek Arm. According to Bryan, it is hard to believe there is this solid of a bite out on the lake while some of the Kokanee are already up in Bucks Creek spawning. He caught fish from 35 to 55 feet down with the 45-foot mark being the hottest num- ber on the downriggers. Bryan trolls small Kokanee lures behind dodgers tipped with Pro-Cure's Kokanee Wizard. Lake Almanor: Almanor continues to be the hot spot. According to guide Doug Neal, surface temperatures are at 61.3 degrees. Water clarity around the lake is still good, to about 12 feet. Cooling water has the bite on! Trolling has been the best application lately. Smelt patterns are hot these days. Needlfish, red and gold Speedy Shiners and Sep's Pro Secrets in red and gold have been effective from 15 feet and deeper. Silver has been best color early and from 15 feet and shallower. The cooling water has slowed down the bug hatches, which should continue to de- cline now that most of the re- production cycles are done. The smelt are everywhere around the lake. Local fisher- men agree pond smelt popula- tions are higher than any year in recent memory. The trout are really after them. Fishing pressure has been light. Big Springs has been good in the early morning. Rain- bow Runners and threaded crawlers have been attracting fish to 5 pounds, but most are smaller. Rainbows are moving into the Big Springs Cove. 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