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4C Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Fish d00',gp deep unti,! fall's, cooler weather Michael Condon Staff Writer "There's a fine line be- tween fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot." --Steven Wright The key for successful fishing right now is finding cold water. It is going to stay that way for the next several weeks until we see some fall weather. That means fishing deep. For shore anglers working the lakes that means fishing nears springs and creek mouths. Tributary mouths are also key for finding fish in our local rivers. High elevation lakes and streams are another great op- tion as the weather and wa- ter warms. Echo, Silver and Caribou are great options north of Chester. To the south, Lakes Basin offers a number of absolutely beauti- ful lakes. Some can be reached by vehicle, others re- quire a short or moderate hike. Lake Almanor If you don't mind a bit of smoke this fishing is pretty good right now. Fortunately fishing is best in the morn- ing, and that is when there is the least amount of smoke. Surface temperatures have risen and the fish have moved into deeper and colder water. The east basin of the lake offers more cold and bet- ter oxygenated water and that is where you will find the better fishing. Insect hatches are pretty much finished. Pond smelt are the key food source now. There are lots of them this year and they are bigger than normal. Anglers are picking up very healthy browns and rainbows trolling night- crawlers or any lures that imitate the pond smelt. Trolling is good all along the east shore, through the Big Springs area and down to the A-frame. Moochers are picking up king salmon fishing anchovy tails just offthe bottom. The salmon bite is hot along the east shore and at Big Springs. Fly anglers are still getting some action by concentrating on springs or creek mouths. Tom Maumoynier of Lake A1- manor Fly Fishing Co. sug- gests using buggers or min- now imitations. Tom has some excellent pond smelt imitations in his shop in Old Town Chester. Butt Valley Reservoir All of the campgrounds and boat launches are closed because of the nearby Chips Fire. The fire has reached the west side of the lake. It is best to stay away. Lake Davis Trolling has been excellent at Davis lately. Anglers are picking up limits of rainbows up to 18 inches. Wee Dick Nite Copper Red Heads are the hot lure. Needlefish are also catching lots offish. The most popular patterns are Fire Tiger and Red Dot Frog. Fly anglers are picking up some nice fish with ice cream cones, blood midges, damsels and woolly buggers in olive, rust or black. Bank fishing for trout has been best early in the morning. Inflated nightcrawlers or PowerBait Graeagle /,1eadows hc)sts club Graeagle Meadows golf club members relax after a long day of golfing. Photo submitted in Lemon Twist, Rainbow, Sherbet and Chartreuse are effective for bank anglers. Try fishing at Eagle Point, or off the points at Honker. When bank fishing for cat- fish, try nightcrawlers or cat- fish bait. Eagle Point has been very productive. The best boat ramp to use is Honker Cove. The Lightning Tree is very shallow. Call or stop by J and J Grizzly Store and Camping Resort for the latest fishing information (993-4683). Frenchman Lake Fishing has been very good at Frenchman Lake lately. Both trollers and bank an- glers are scoring. The after- noons have been hot and windy so the best time to hit the water is early in the morning or in the evening. The standard bait at French- man is PowerBait. Rainbow works best. Worms are also a hot bait for catching nice sized rainbows from shore. Trollers are doing well using flashers and nightcrawlers. Mario Jaquez, from Loyal- ton, caught some nice Ger- man browns at Little Last Chance Creek using rainbow or brown colored floating Ra- palas. He said he also has good results with yellow or red Panther Martins, Call Wiggins Trading Post for updates: 993-4683. Streams The North Fork Feather River above Lake Almanor is in good shape although it may be a little smoky at times. Nymphs are working best. Golden stones and mayflies are hatching in the evenings. Warner Creek is also fish- ing well with lots of small na- tives being caught and re- leased. Deer Creek is smoke free and an excellent choice for Fifteen-year-old Reed Knotts from Southern California holds just two of the many fish he caught while visiting his grandfather, Chuck Buchart, of Clio. The pair fished all of the local hot spots including MyCoy Flat Reservoir, Lake Almanor and Butt Lake. Photo submitted stream fishing. The upper creek is easily accessed from Highway 32. Eggs and crick- ets are top choices for bait an- glers. Fly anglers should try prince nymphs and para- chute adams. Hamilton Branch right at the mouth is a popular spot now as fish move from the lake into the cooler water. Be prepared for a crowd. The up- per stream is much less crowded and fishing well with dry flies in the evening. For the latest information on streams in the Almanor area, stop byor call the Lake Almanor Fly Fishing Co. in Chester (258-3944). For stream information in central and eastern Plumas County stop by or rail Allan Bruzza at the Sportsmen's Den in Quincy (283-2733). CORRECTION A notable mention that was left out of last week's coverage of the Round Valley Run/Walk was the excep- tional placement of Greenville's Colton Lawson. Ten-year-old Lawson fin- ished first in his age group and second overall in the 1.5- mile junior race of the Round Valley Run/Walk. The event was held Aug. 4 at Round Valley Reservoir. CALL A PROF.ESSiON:AL TODAY! 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