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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 11B Still time for some good fall fishing Michael Condon Staff Writer mcondon@plumasnews.com It's an odd fact of life that whichever side of the stream you're on, two-thirds of the best water is out of reach on the other side. John Gierach Local streams have closed for the year so it is all about the lakes now. Fall offers some of the best fishing of the year on our local lakes as the trout fatten up before winter. This report covers some of the.more popular lakes, but these certainly are not the only options. Plumas and Lassen counties have many small mid- to high-elevation lakes. These all offer good fishing this time of year and should not be overlooked. Lakes Basin and Antelope Lake are very good options right now. Fall fishing only lasts a short time. Before long the water will cool to the point that the trout's metabolism and feeding will slow down. That is not say that good fish can't be caught during the winter. But your odds of finding trout are even better if you can get out right now. Be sure to prepare for the cold weather. Check road conditions before you head into the back country. Lake levels are low so be on the lookout for hazards if you are boating. Lake Almanor Water temperatures have cooled to the low 50-degree range, which is close to ideal for trout. The fish have moved up into the shallow water where the feed is. This has created more opportunities for fly fishers and shore anglers. And it means the trollers can forget the downriggers and heavy gear. ..... . .............. Almanor is well known for the large trout that can be caught in the fall. This time of year the fish are feeding heavily, trying to fatten up before winter sets in. The other thing going on this time of year is the brown trout move into shallow water to spawn. Other fish follow them hoping to feed on the eggs laid by the spawning brown trout. Almanor has a healthy population of large brown trout. But that population may be in jeopardy. Brown trout are found throughout the western states but they are not native to this part of the county. Biologists have become more concerned about non-native species upsetting the ecological balance. As a consequence, the state legislature has directed the Department of Fish and Wildlife to reduce the planting of non-native fish species like brown trout. It is always best not to disturb spawning fish and to release them carefully when they are caught. This is especially true for brown trout now given the uncertainty of future plants of browns. Near-shore shallow water is the key. Trollers can work the top 15 feet of water. I would start with pond smelt imitations. Don't be afraid to change lures frequently if you are not getting bites. Doug Neal of Almanor Fishing Adventures said hits are coming off a variety of trolled presentations. Fast action lures like Speedy Shiners, Needlefish, Moose Looks Wobblers and Rapalas have all been productive. Look for feeding birds to help fred fish. The normally reliable sonar is less effective as a fish-locating tool in shallow water. The east basin seems to produce the most fish during the warm summer months. But this time of year the west shore can be very productive. Shore-bound bait anglers are finding fish in the east basin, along the west-shore and near the causeway. Worms are always good, but I would start with eggs or Powerbait this close to the brown trout spawning season. Fly anglers are doing well working shallow water coves. Small dark midge patterns are working very well. I have also had some success with small wooly buggers. I recently tied some size 16 bead-head wiggle tails that I am anxious to try at Almanor. Butt Lake I have to admit I have been concentrating on Bucks and Almanor lately so I have not visited Butt Lake in a few weeks. And I must not be the only one because I have not heard any reports from Butt. I do know Butt can be very good this time of year and especially so when the powerhouse is running. Judging by how fast Almanor has been dropping I would have to assume the powerhouse has been running non-stop. Butt Lake is worth checking out. If the powerhouse is running, and the lake level is high, there will be fish in the inlet, and likely some very big fish. If the water level is low or the powerhouse is not running, head back up the hill to Almanor. Lake Davis Lake Davis normally offers fantastic fall fishing. But this fall, just like last year, fishing has been tough. It has been hit and miss lately. One day not bad, the next slow, according to the folks at J and J's Grizzly Resort. Several anglers have been fishing at Mallard with fair results fishing Worms or Powerbait from the bank. Float tubers have been working between Mallard and the Big Island. Sparsely tied wooly buggers or Jar Fair Wiggle Tails have been working the best. Frenchman Lake Frenchman would not be my first choice right now given the very low water level. Despite the low water, bank anglers are still picking up a few nice rainbows near the dam. Call Wiggin's Trading Post, 993-4683, for current lake conditions and fishing updates. F m m m m m m SENIOR MENU mm n mmm m m Wednesday, Nov. 25 Chicken pot pie, salad, juice, fruit. mN Monday, Nov. 23 m Chinese chicken salad, dinner roll, mandarin m oranges. ITuesday, Nov. 24 m Swedish meatballs over noodles, brUssel sprouts, | beet salad, pears in lime Jello. m *Vegetarian Meal; **Healthy Heart Meal Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27 Sites closed for Thanksgiving Holiday. ' *T in over L000 mg of Sodium l l _Nutrition sites: Chester, 394-7636; Quincy, 283-0643; Greenvgle,- |284-6608 (day before for reservation); Porto]a, 832-4173; Blab'sden | open Wed. only, call 832-41"/3 Tuesday for reservations. Suggested m donation $2.50 for 60 yrs & older. One guest may accompany each m senior, $6 mandatory charge. Menus may change. Noon at all sites. L m -- m m -- m m -- -- -- m, -I Chester: Ongoing Winter Apparel Coat Drive, accepting new and slightly used coats, gloves, boots, socks, hats, scarves. Drop off at True Value Hardware. Information: 283-6304, 283-5515. Greenville: Ongoing Winter Apparel Coat Drive, accepting new and slightly used coats, gloves, boots, -socks, hats, scarves. Drop off at Evergreen Market. Information: 283-6304, 283-5515. Quincy: Plumas Early Education and Child Care Council sponsors "Parent Caf6" for families of children with special needs. On-site childcare available and dinner provided. Parent Caf6 held on third Wednesday of month at First Baptist Church, 74 Reese St. For information, Brenda Lory 283-6557, ext. 5334 or email blory@pcoe.kl 2:ca.us. Ongoing Winter Apparel Coat Drive, accepting new and slightly used coats, gloves, boots, socks, hats, scarves. Drop off at Plumas County Probation Dept., Plumas Crisis Center, Say Mot. Information: 283-6304, 283-5515. Ongoing "(~AN"DO Holiday Food Drive. Help feed hungry families. Drop off donations of canned and non-perishable food items at Feather River Bulletin, 287 Lawrence St., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mon - Fri. Information: 283-0800. Donations accepted through Dec. 2. Magic Beanstalk Player program for K-2 grades, focusing on drama skills, improv, characterization, storytelling, monologues and learning a musical number. Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., at West End Theatre, 14 Crescent St. Johnsville Junior Ski Team accepting registrations for 2015-16 season. Open to ages 6-14, 6 p.m. at Quincy public library. Registration fees: $75 per child. Third child in the same family: $40. Racer lift tickets: ~ $35/race, includes mOrning of coach instruction. If unable to attend registration days, registration also available at Recreation District office, 34 Fairgrounds Rd. Central Plumas Recreation & Park District's youth basketball league sign-ups ongoing. League open to boys and girls in grades 3 through 6. Deadline to register, Wed., Nov. 25. Sign-ups at Recreation District office, 34' Fairgrounds Rd. For information, 283-3278. Blairsden: Drone Photography with Earl Zeigler, 5:30 p.m., Mohawk Community Resource Center, junction of Hwys. 89 & 70 near Corner Barn. Sierra Aerial Photography Owner Earl Zeigler discusses unmanned aerial photography featuring sweeping aerial landscapes of region. Free, though donations are welcome to help fund MCRC. No RSVP necessary, light refreshments will be served. For information, 836-0446. Chester: Johnsville Junior Ski Team accepting registrations for 2015-16 season. Open to ages 6-14, 6:30 plm. at Pizza Factory. Registration fees: $75 per child. Third child in the same family: $40. Racer lift tickets: $35/race - includes full morning of coach instruction. If unable to attend registration days, registration also available at Recreation District office, 34 Fairgrounds Rd.. Quincy. quincy: Walk-in free flu vaccination clinic, Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds-Fairgrounds Rd., 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., or until vaccine is gone. Tulsa Scott Pavilion. Flu forms can be downloaded at plumascounty.us/publichealth/fluinofrmation. Free flu shot appointments available in Chester, Greenville, Quincy and Portola, 283-6330. Meeting of Plumas County Democrats at Quincy Library conference room, 6:30 p.m. For information, contact Faith Strailey, 283-2604. Portola: Portola Words & Music, sponsored by Plumas Arts, welcomes Lance Barker at 7 p.m. at Williams House, Hwy 70, across from Sierra Energy. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission $3 at door. Open stage follows featured set. For information, 283-3402, visit online plumasarts.org or Plumas Arts Gallery, 525 Main St., Quincy. QuintT: West End Theatre presents John Craigie, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15, on sale at Carey Candy Co., West End Theatre Cafe and westendtheatre.us. i=fi.Sat Chester: Chester Jr/Sr High School Drama Class presents "Yard Sale," Chester Elementary School. Performances begin 7 p.m. both days. Tickets at door, adults $6 dollars, students $5 dollars, children, ages 2-11, $2. QuintT: Greenville Drama Class presents "The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds," West End Theatre, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets: $10 general, $8 students, can be purchased at westendtheatre.us, or at door. Parental discretion is advised. Quincy Elks Lodge hosts fundraiser for Lifetime Elk and Quincy citizen Clifford "Buzzy" West, noon - 3 p.m. Luncheon and silent auction, tri-tip sandwiches, salads and chips, $10. 2004 E. Main St. For information: John or Tracy, 283-2265. Free "What is Yoga? An Introduction for Beginners" class. 10 - 11 a.m., Quincy Yoga & Wellness Center in Plumas Pines Shopping Center. For information, call Jane Steidel, Certified Yoga Teacher, Co-owner of Center, 283-3536. Taylorsville: "Little Mountain Church House Concert # 2," a benefit concert for upkeep of Taylorsville Methodist Church, 4262 Nelson St. Tickets $5, donations at door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., music begins 7 p.m. Eastern Plumas: Ongoing, Eastern Plumas Angel Program brings gifts and new coats to local children. Angel Trees display angels of pink/blue that identifies gender and age of child in need. Portola, Leonard's Market; Graeagle, Graeagle Store; Chilcoot, Wiggins Trading Post. quincy: Ned Evett in concert at Eastside Public House, 1760 E. Main St. $5 cover. For information, 283-9805. Wed NOV,25 Magic Beanstalk Player program for K-2 grades, focusing on drama skills, improv, characterization, storytelling, monologues and learning a musical number. Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., at West End Theatre, 14 Crescent St. QuintT: Annual Thanksgiving dinner, Quincy Elks Lodge, 2004 E. Main St. Open to public. Doors open 1 p.m., dinner served to 3 p.m. Free, donations accepted. RSVP Traci or John, 283-2265. Chester: Fish fry, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Lake Almanor Elks Lodge, 164 Main St., $8 per person. Graeagle: Mohawk Community Art Faire, Fri., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Free. Graeagle Fire Hall, 7620 Hwy. 89. For information, 836-0446. Taylorsville: Taylorsville Christmas Light Parade begins 6 p.m. Santa will provide treats for children after parade. Wolf Creek 4-H hosts fundraiser chili dinner in backroom of the Tavern, 4 - 7 p.m. Santa Claus will provide treats for children; Greenville High will sell baked goods. For parade entry or information, call 284-9985 or 284-7622. Greenville: Community Wellness Talk hosts discussion on "Seasonal Affective Disorder: Staying Positive through Winter." Sacred Space, 109 Ann Street, 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. Free. For information, call Nancy, 616-0032 or Pat 513-7483. Graeagle: Graeagle Meadows Women's Golf Club fundraiser for EPCAN at annual Christmas luncheon, Longboard's Bar and Grill, with raffle proceeds going to EPCAN. $20 per person. Non-golfers welcome, For information or reservations, call Jennifer Baker, 925-437-2993. DEC,4 Lake Almanor: Lake Almanor Community Church presents "Christmas Dinner and Show," 2610 Hwy. A-13, 5:15 p.m., dinner served, 6 p.m. Roast prime rib prepared by Carol Franchetti, owner of Carol's Prattville Caf& Members of Chester Community Chorus will provide entertainment. $25 per person. For information, call 596-3683. Portola: Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce sponsors annual Portola Tree Lighting and Light Parade, 5 - 9 p.m. Parade begins at 6 p.m. Chamber is seeking crafters and parade participants. For parade information, Rich McLaughlin, 832-4566. For information about becoming a craft vendor or event information, Audrey Ellis, 836-6811 or epcc@psln.com. i