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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 21, ;~015 7B hing starts to heat up as weath is down Michael Condon Staff Writer There will be days when the fishing is better than one's most optimistic forecast, others when it is far worse. Either is a gain over just staying home. - Roderick Haig-Brown, Fisherman's Spring, 1951 At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have to say that fall is my favorite time of year. It is the best time of the year for anglers, hunters, and just about every kind of outdoor enthusiast. The weather here in northern California is generally fantastic in the fall. The nights are cold but the chilly mornings give way to pleasantly warm afternoons. We usually get a storm or two during October and November, but those are more than welcome and we also get plenty of blue bird days. If I could fred any fault with fall, it has to be that it just passes too quickly. Whether you are fishing, hunting, or just enjoying the fall foliage and great weather this is a great time of year to be outdoors and the options are too numerous to be able to enjoy them all as much as I would like. Fall trout action is picking up as the waters cool. The lethargic trout that sought out the deep cool water during the dog days of summer are now moving to shallow water and pursuing the abundant bait. They seem to have a natural urge to put on as much weight as they can to get them through the sparse winter months. t Fall trout instinctively feed heavily and that makes for plenty of action for both trollers and bank anglers. Lake Almanor The lake is dropping but still has plenty of water. It is, in fact, in much better shape than most northern California lakes. As of last week most boat ramps were still in operation even though some of the ramp docks have been pulled out of the water. Cool nights are helping to drop the water temperature, although it is still in the low 60 degree range. Most boats have been trolling, according to local guide Doug Neal of Almanor Fishing Adventures. There are a few boats jigging or bait fishing on anchor by Rec 2 and the A-frame. What these places have in common is that they all have springs. They are great spots to fish when most of the lake is warm, but as the water cools, the fish will move in and out of these spots. Hit it right and its good. Salmon eggs, mealworms and crickets are all effective baits. But if you aren't catching fish, move on because that is probably just what the fish have done. Doug says that the trollers are scattered all around the east basin, with the majority working the more popular trolling lanes like Big Springs, Rec.1 to the A-Frame, Canyon Dam, and the entire east shore. With the baitfish scattered throughout the basin, Doug said the hookups are pretty random but he has been getting the most action near Big Springs and between Rec I and the A-Frame. Most of the hookups have been after 9 a.m. That is another thing I like about fall and winter fishing; no need to be on the water at 0-dark-thirty. Fast-action lures like red and gold Speedy Shiners, #2 Needlefish, and J5 Rapalas are all effective lures right Anglers on the Middle Fork of the Feather River enjoy low grueling hike back to the trailhead. Photo by David Hollister water and eager trout followed by a m m m m n VACCINATION CLINICS now. Most fish are being Trollers are working the Lake Davis caught between 26 and 36 feet area in front of Bucks Creek. Just like last year, the trout deep. The water in front of Mill in Davis are feeding on Hamilton Branch is still Creek is too shallow for Daphnia. flowing, but just barely. The effective trolling, but perfect The Daphnia population Powerhouse is not running, for fly fishing. I was there a seems to explode in the lower and won't be for some time. few days ago and the fishand warmer-than-normal Brown trout will be were taking both nymphs and water conditions. As an spawning soon. They are dries. It is best in lower light angler you always want to becoming a scarce resource but the fish were still working know what the fish are now that the Department of into the middle of the day. feeding on. When trout key on Fish and Wildlife, under A few mackinaw are being one food source they often direction from the s.tate caught by trollers working ignore others. The problem legislature, has scaled back the channel between Mill with Daphnia is that, well, the planting of non-native fish Creek and the dam. The they are just a little tough to like brown trout, midpoint b?tween the dam get on your hook. A large Please release all brown and the creek mouth seemed daphnia is about 1/5 of an trout this time of year. to be the best. inch long. Handle them as little as Mackinaw like colder water With the trout so focused on possible to ensure their than most trout so it is these tiny zooplankton it is survival. They are critical for important to get your gear tough to get them interested the future of the awesome down deep if you are looking in whatever lure, fly, or bait brown trout fishery in Lake for the mackinaw, you happen to be offering Almanor. The bottom of the launch them. ramps are still in the water, And that is pretty much the Bucks Lake but launching larger boats is story of fishing at Lake Davis The fishing has been not recommended, right now. It is challenging improving at Bucks Lake. All of the campgrounds are but there are still fish to be The kokanee have spawned closed except for the Mill caught. but anglers are picking up a Creek Campground which isJon Baiocchi of Baiocchi's mix of mostly rainbows with open with no restrooms orTroutfitters has been finding a few browns and brookies, garbage pickup. that are sipping #14 blood midges. They are not easy to catch and precise and accurate presentations with the right fly and 4x tippet is a must. Jon says a good plan for the day would be to target rising fish on the skinny flats with dry flies or slow sinking patterns, and then fish deeper water with either a very heavy fly and a floating line, or a light fly with a sinking line. Effective flies have been brown and burnt orange wiggle tails, and the sheep creek special. Trolling between Coot and the Big Island, using Wee Dick Nite Copper Red Head, or Needle fish has been yielding a few fish. Bank anglers are finding a few fish using worms or at the first cove north (away from) of the buoy atthe dam. The folks at J and J's Grizzly Resort report that only small boats are able to launch at Honker Cove. They strongly suggest that you look before launching; many variables will affect if you will have a successful launch. Stream Fishing Stream fishing is improving. Many of the smallest streams are too low to fish but the moderate to larger streams are in good shape. Flows are low but very fishable. Temperatures have cooled into a comfortable range and the fish are hungry. Fly hatches are a little sparse this time of year but there are some small mayflies hatching. Also look of the much larger orange colored October caddis flies. When those are on the water the trout will feed very aggressively. Nymph fishing is very effective with standard patterns like hares ears, zug a few pods of working fish bugs, and pheasant tails. ............. ...... !i ...... Flu forms can be downloaded at gh Clinic Schedule: All clinics open 11 - I p.m. or until vaccine is gone. Greenville - Monday - October 26 Enter: Indian Valley Medical Clinic - 174 Hot Springs Road Exit: Indian Valley Medical Clinic - 174 Hot Springs Road If the weather is bad, the clinic will move to the Greenville Town Hall. P0rtola - Tuesday - October 27 Enter: 500 First Avenue Exit: 500 First Avenue lf the weather is bad, the clinic will move to the Portola Memorial Hall. Chester - Thursday - October 29 Enter: Chester Park - Willow Street Exit: Meadow Brook Loop by Wildwood Senior Center If the weather is bad, the clinic will move to the Chester Memorial Hall. Quincy - Friday October 30 Enter: Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds - Fairgrounds Road Exit: Back of Fairgrounds on Lee Road If weather is bad, the clinic will be inside one of the fairgrounds buildings. Graeagle - Monday - November 2 Sponsored by Eastern Plumas Health Care Enter: Blairsden-Graeagle Road Exit: 7620 Highway 89 If the weather is bad, the clinic will move to the Graeagle Fire Hall l l I I I I I I l l l l I I I l I WALK-IN CLINIC a.m. - 1 p.m. or,until vaccine is m m Quincy - Thursday - November 19 Enter: Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrotinds - Fairgrounds Road Park your car and come on in to the Tulsa Scott Pavilion Building. LOOK FOR ENTER/EXIT SIGNS AT ALL LOCATIONS lm m m m m m m m m m m m m m Prime Rib Dinner Door Prize Savage Axis .270 w/scope Event proceeds benefit elk, other wildlife and their habitat