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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 3C Browns coincide witk baseball Michael Condon Staff Writer Lake Almanor I made a trip to Almanor last week. We had been plan- ning to close and winterize the family cabin on the week- end. But colder than forecast weather prompted a quick trip to make sure the pipes hadn't frozen. (Sounded like a good excuse to me.) So I loaded some fishing gear and my four-legged fish- ing buddy Sierra in the truck and headed from Quincy to Almanor. (I am not kidding when I say "loaded". Sierra is 14-years-old and suffers from arthritis. She has to be lifted into the truck; all 75 pounds of her.) I was surprised to see the large number of anglers at "Geritol Cove" near the dam, many fishing from float tubes. I stopped to check it out. It turns out they were a group of old friends from var- ious valley locations who get together every year to enjoy the World Series. When they aren't watching the games, they hit the water. This turns out to be an ex- cellent strategy. Almanor is well known for some very large brown trout. Just before they spawn, is an excellent time to fish for them. That just happens to co- incide with World Series time and Geritol Cove is an excel- lent place to fish for them. Brown trout are an intro- duced species, originally found in Europe, North Africa, and West Asia. They are now found throughout the world, due in large part to their ability to adapt to a range of habitats. During the summer they prefer cooler, deeper water, and lots of co~ei" that can make them tough to catch. Brown trout spawn in the fall and early winter. They prefer to spawn in streams. However in lakes, they seek out shallow coves where the wave action will simulate the action of moving stream wa- ter. As for the baseball/fishing friends from the Valley; they were catching a combination of brown trout and the rain- bows that follow the brown trout to their spawning grounds to feed on drifting eggs. Good friends, good fishing and (especially this year) good baseball. That sounds like a hard-to-beat combina- tion! Butt Lake I haven't fished Butt Lake myself lately; but the power- house is running, brown trout should be moving to- wards their spawning grounds. If past years are any indication, this should be a great time to fish for the large browns in Butt Lake. Try pond smelt patterns (white streamers or jigs) for brown trout. For rainbows, try drifting a single salmon egg with just enough split shot to get the egg close to the bottom near likely spawning areas. Eagle Lake - Bryan Roccucci of Big Daddy's Guide Service (283-4103) has shifted his guid- ed fishing operation from Bucks Lake to Eagle Lake. Eagle Lake is justifiably fa- mous for its unique strain of Eagle Lake rainbow trout. These are large and very beautiful fish. Now until the Jan. 1 season closer at Eagle is the best time to fish for them. According to Bryan the fall season at Eagle is well under way. Eagles Nest and Miners Bay areas have been produc- ing the best bites. There have been some smaller fish to pick through but there are al- so plenty of larger ones. The best performing baits have been grubs in either brown or orange ; some days both colors produce equally well. Bryan recommends run- ning the gear from 5 - 7 feet deep and saucing them up with Pro-Cure's Trophy Trout or Freshwater Shrimp. Fly fishing has also been productive, with points on both the east and west sides of the lake giving up fish as they move in and out in search of food. Wiggle tail flies in rust and olive have been doing the trick. Ryan spends a lot of time on Eagle Lake and knows it well. He has a large, comfort- able and warm boat. It can be very cold at Eagle Lake this time of year and the fishing only gets better when the weather is less than per- fect. If you are looking for a guide who really knows what he is doing and can get you into the fish in comfort, give Big Daddy's Guide Service a call. The Eagle Lake water level has been getting quite a bit of press this year, most of it bad. The lake level is down. That is a real concern in an otherwise abundant water year. It has resource man- agers debating possible caus- es and what should be done to mitigate the problem. But there is plenty of water to fish right now. Launching out of Spalding has not been an issue as long as you use some caution. All trailers will drop off the con- crete when launching and re- covering. Gravel has been added to ease the transition from ramp to dirt but there is still a small drop. The advice is to slowly ease your trailer tires up and down the bump. Sev- eral trailers have been dam- aged by being towed over this lip too quickly. Angler's tips Lake Almanor For brown trout: fish in and around shallow coves in 10 - 20 feet of water. Use white or rust-colored jigs or streamers. Land fish quickly and release gently. The fish are getting ready to spawn and spawning success is critical to maintaining a healthy fishery. If you need a fish for the table, take home a rainbow or two. They are fat and deli- cious this time of year. For rainbow trout: troll speedy shiners or jig or fly fish with white pat- terns to mimic the pond smelt. Try drifting a single egg with just enough split shot to get it near the bottom in likely brown trout spawning areas. Butt Lake. Try white jigs or streamers near the powerhouse Eagle Lake Fish shallow Try orange or white grubs. Also try rust-colored wig- gle tails nymphs or J Fair trolling flies If the wind has been blow- ing, fish the outside edge of the muddy water -:.? .: ~:.: ...... . ~.~-i%~'.:...-~.%: Brown Trout (Slamo trutta) Most of the usual spots around the lake are more ex- posed due to the falling lake level and quite a few new shallow spots have shown up. Bryan recommends using extreme caution while on the lake. Stream fishing Don't forget the local streams. There are only a couple weeks left as the local stream fishing season closes Nov. 15. The Feather River above Chester has recently been planted. Streams normally fish very well this time of year and the crowds are nonexistent. As an added bonus fall col- ors are near their peak right now. For the fly angler, try olive- or rust-colored Woolly Bug- gers, Copper Johns, and in the late afternoon large yel- low Caddis patterns to imi- tate the October Caddis. Get out and enjoy this mag- ical season. The snow and ice are lurking just around the corner. Custom Designed to Meet Your Needs GARAGE, SHOP, WAREHOUSE, MINI STORAGE, HAY BARN, HORSE BARN, HANGAR Now Offering Metal Roofing, Remodeling & Restoration Serving Lassen, P/umas and Sierra Counties 3HP.O4N7 Feather River College's Kim Naut, right, gets way above the net, as teammate Kadie Miller looks on. FRC, now 7-0 in conference, plays at home this Saturday. Photo submitted FRC controls conference Shannon Morrow and three blocks. Kim Naut Sports Editor had 11 kills and two blocks, while Natalie Ray had seven kills and six blocks. Spectators rushed the vol- leyball court in celebration Kadie Miller had another last week, when Feather Riv- outstanding night for FRC er C ......... with 37 assists, 27 digs and mlege aeieateo t~utte .... College in four games-duI~ing- two:aces. Katy_ Bat:chelde~7 an important and exciting was solid on defense with 18 conference match Wednes- digs. day, Oct. 27. "This was the best game that has ever been played at Feather River College," said FRC coach Sarah Ritchie. "It was absolutely amazing. We have the best fans in the state." After narrowly winning game one, 27-25, the Golden Eagles also took game two, 25-18. Butte answered back with a 25-17 win in game three. The fourth game turned into an intense battle that went deep into extra points. With extra determination, FRC claimed victory at 29-27. 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