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4C Wednesday, May 16, 1012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Water temperatures rising and spring runoff tapering Michael Condon Staff Writer mcondon@plumasnews.com "The best fishermen I know try not to make the same mis- takes over and over again; in- stead they strive to make new and interesting mistakes and to remember what they learned from them." --John Gierach Learning to fish any water well requires recognizing the often subtle seasonal fluctua- tions and how the fish react to them. What I am noticing this year is that many things seem to be a couple of weeks ahead of schedule. Water temperatures are pretty ideal for spring fishing right now. But the water is warming quickly. Fish are cold blooded so temperature has everything to do with where the fish are and what they want to eat. The normal spring fishing patterns may be short-lived this year. I also have noticed flying ants out and about. That seems a couple weeks early. These are tasty morsels. (Well, they are tasty to the trout anyway.) Fishing an ant pattern along grassy shorelines can be very pro- ductive on a breezy after- noon. I wonder what other insect hatches might be early this year? Damselflies might be right around the corner. Lake Almanor Almanor is full. Surface temperatures are in the mid- 50-degree range and rising. These are ideal feeding tem- peratures for trout. Local guide Doug Neal of Almanor Fishing Adventures (258-6732) reported that last week's supermoon had fish feeding through the night. The best bite was very early and died off by mid-morning. That is changing now as the moon gets darker every day. Doug says to expect a good bite to improve and last longer into.the morning and early afternoon. Warm conditions with no wind this week means it's time to start bait fishing more according to Doug. Fish will be holding at Big Springs, the Snag and Skinny Dip Beach. The west shore from Prattville past Almanor West to airport flats is producing fish in the 2- to 3-pound class. Try dodger/crawler combi- nations, naked crawlers and fast action lures. Start fish- ing six feet down early in the morning and lower your gear to 15 feet after the sun is on the water. Lake Davis Fishing continues to be good according to the folks at J&J's Grizzly Store and Camping Resort (832-0270). Bank fishing at Eagle Point has been hot for the last sev- eral days. Mallard Cove is al- so doing well. Try PowerBait or night crawlers. Fly-fishing has been good off of Eagle Point using bead-head nymphs. Trollers are doing well be- tween the islands on the west side of the lake. Try Needle- fish in Red Dot Frog or Sock- eye Slammer Fire Tiger pat- terns. Catfish are being caught at Coot Bay. Frenchman Lake Reports from Frenchman have been very good. Both bank anglers and fly fishers are catching limits. The best fishing is on the north end of the lake. Stream fishing Most streams are still high but fishable. Spring runoff is less than normal this year and should taper off more quickly than usual due to the light snowpack. Deer Creek is one of the best bets locally. Salmonflies are starting to show. The up- per end of the Middle Fork Feather is another good bet with stoneflies and a few mayflies hatching in the af- ternoons. The best dry fly-fishing on most streams right now is in the afternoon when the mayflies and salmonflies are starting to show. In the morning, work the pocket water with a bead- head nymph and a small mayfly nymph dropper. Use enough weight to get down between the boulders Where fish will hold. Stream fishing will im- prove as the flows drop and the water warms a bit. Remember that the streams that are tributary to Butt Lake and Lake Almanor are still closed to protect spawning rainbow trout. Quincy tennis reaches Saturday at Sectionals Shannon Morrow Sports Editor sports@lolumasnews.com The Northern Section Di- vision III tennis champi- onships were held at Foothill High School and Shasta College in Re&ding May 10 - 12, with nine school competing. Quincy's Lauren Braddick took third place in the women's singles competition, after beating Hanna Ford from Downieville 7-6, 7-6, with 7-3 and 7-2 tiebreakers. "It was a very good re- sult," said Quincy coach Je- remy Pilkington. "We were pretty proud of her." The Quincy Trojans also placed third in women's dou- bles with the team of Brad- dick and Allison Sipe. Playing in 100-degree heat at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Braddick and Sipe lost their first set 2-6, but then won their next two sets 6-4 and 6- 4 to take the third-place match. Another Quincy team of Danny Ryback and Kyle Morgan reached the third- place match in men's dou- bles, where they loss 3-6, 6-2 and 3-6 to finish fourth. Pilkington explained that the team wasn't used to stay- ing at the tournament into Saturday, when the semifi- nals and finals are held, be- cause they were usually knocked out earlier. "The competition is pretty tough," said Pilkington, who added that most of the teams get to play year round. Mt. Shasta won first place in the men's competition. Mt. Shasta and Redding Christian tied for first place in the women's division, with Quincy coming in third. Allison Sipe, left, and Lauren Braddick placed third in women's doubles at the Northern Section tennis championships at Shasta College in Redding. Braddick also captured third place for Quincy in women's singles. Photo submitted Feather Publishing's.... 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