“The curious thing about fishing is you never want to go home. If you catch anything, you can’t stop. If you don’t catch anything, you hate to leave in case something might bite.”
The mornings have been cooler for the past few weeks. And now finally the afternoon high temperatures are much lower than they were a few weeks ago.
Our lakes and streams are finally starting to cool down. That means the fishing is starting to heat up.
I have said before that this is my favorite time of year. I am going on vacation next week to prove it.
A bit of a road trip is in order. But most of the week will be spent fishing.
Gone fishing. Really.
The fishing at Frenchman is excellent right now. There are lots of fat and feisty rainbows being hooked.
Callibaetis mayflies are hatching in the mornings along with some blood midges. Fly anglers are also doing will with scud and snail patterns fishing on sinking lines.
Bait anglers are scoring with PowerBait and Dike Nite spinners are the hot lure for trollers.
Call Wiggins Trading Post (530-993-4683) for the most current information.
Bucks Lake is hot right now. The lake level is dropping rapidly and the fish have moved up into the shallow water of the Bucks and Mill creek inlets. They are feeding very actively. Small spinners fished shallow and flies on or just below the surface will catch fish all day.
These are not the largest fish Bucks Lake has to offer but they are plentiful and plenty feisty.
If you need the best fishing gear for Bucks Lake, or the latest information on where and how to find the fish, stop in at the Sportsmen’s Den on Highway 70 in East Quincy. Owner Allan Bruzza is a real expert on Bucks Lake and always has the most current information.
Fishing pressure remains very light at Almanor. The surface temperatures are still a bit on the high side but the fishing is starting to pick up.
Doug Neal of Almanor Fishing Adventures (530-258-6732) reports that the stretch from Prattville to the Forest Service boat ramp is loaded with bait fish. Schools of brown and rainbow trout are following them around and feeding at every opportunity.
Doug says that most boats are trolling crawlers slowly or Speedy Shiners a bit faster. The best trolling depths have been at 25 to 45 feet.
Hamilton Branch to Big Springs is still good for a few nice fish every day. The powerhouse is running again. There is a good concentration of rainbows and king salmon in front of the inlet.
Other spots that Doug says have been producing fish include Rec. 2 (try jigging or bait suspended off the bottom) and the A-Frame to Rec. 1. Bailey Springs has also produced a few nice rainbows.
Fishing has been great lately. Blood midges are hatching in the mornings around 8:30 a.m. and that is usually followed up by a Callibaetis hatch at 11 a.m.
Anglers fishing worms or PowerBait from the shore are doing well.
Needlefish Fire Tiger or Red Dot Frog and Dick Nite Copper Red Heads are all producing for trollers. The Jay Fair Wiggle Tail Nymphs have been especially productive.
Fly anglers are using blood midge, snails, scud imitations and woolly buggers.
The water temperature is 68 degrees. The lake is 70 percent full.
Lakes Basin offers plenty of good fishing opportunities. The fishing may not be as exceptional as many of our other local options, but there is certainly no more beautiful place to fish than the many lakes of this high elevation gem.
Packer Lake is beautiful little lake at the base of the Sierra Buttes. It is a favorite with shore-bound anglers. Upper Salmon Lake, Lower Sardine Lake and Gold Lake all have boat ramps and offer very good trolling. Each of these lakes has been planted with trout in the past few weeks.
Fall is a great time of year for fishing Eagle Lake.
The lake has gotten plenty of press lately. Water levels are low and there has been lots of finger-pointing trying to figure out why and how to fix that.
The most recent controversy has been over the petition to list the Eagle Lake trout as a threatened species. I will watch this one closely.
It is true that more can and should be done to protect the habitat of the Eagle Lake trout. I don’t honestly know what the population trends are, but they appear to be healthy as far as I know.
My hope is that we can find a way to enhance the habitat without unnecessarily restricting the ability to fish for these magnificent creatures.
As for the current fishing, local guide Bryan Roccucci, of Big Daddy’s Guide Service, has had several days of very good fishing recently. He found the hot action fishing the east shore.
Bryan says the rainbows are feeding on tui chub minnows, which are very abundant right now. Most of the fish he caught were between 2.5 and 3.5 pounds.
Bryan still has some openings at Eagle Lake. If you would like to spend a day on the lake with him, give a call to 530-283-4103.
Most of the local streams are fishing well. Stream flows are low but the water is starting to cool.
Water temperature is the key. Warmer stream sections, like the upper portion of the Middle Fork Feather River, may still be too warm but should be improving as the weather cools.
Cooler streams, like the North Fork Feather, and virtually all of the smaller streams, have plenty of cool water.
Fly anglers will find caddis flies, mayflies and a few small yellow stoneflies. There may also be a few orange October caddis flies hatching. There are plenty of grasshoppers along the banks and the trout are waiting for them to blow into the water where they quickly become a delicious meal.