Fishing Report: The early bird gets the worm — and the fish

Michael Condon

 

I am not against golf, since I cannot but suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering trout …

—Paul O’Neil

 

Bucks Lake

Kokanee fishing at Bucks Lake is a bit slow right now. The fish that are being caught have been in deeper water and are a bit on the smaller side, according to Allan Bruzza of the Sportsmen’s Den on Highway 70 in East Quincy (283-2733).

Why is that? Your guess is as good as mine.

The only thing I can come up with is that the abundant cold water this year, and to some degree last year, has the fish more scattered throughout the lake.

This makes catching kokanee tougher for the angler as well as the predators. It is possible with an increased survival rate the fish are becoming over-populated.

That is only speculation, but what does it mean if true?

I tend to be an optimist when it comes to fishing — and life in general for that matter. More kokanee eventually translates into well-fed Mackinaw and brown trout … and lots of kokanee.

While the kokanee fishing may be a bit off, Allan reports that fishing the inlets for browns, rainbows, and brook trout is picking up. Fly anglers are having good success with Jay Fair Wiggle Tail nymphs. Bait anglers should try crickets and mealworms.

Trollers have managed to land some good sized mackinaw trout with  cinimmon colored Jay Fair Trolling Flies with lead core line.

 

Lake Davis

If you want some un-crowded fishing, try Lake Davis. Fishing pressure is very low now.

Surface water temperatures are a bit high: in the low 70s. That may have slowed the fishing, but it certainly hasn’t stopped it.

Local fishing guide Ed Dillard (892-6394) reports that trolling between the boat dock and the dam at 10 to 12 feet deep with the Wee Dick Nite Copper Red Head has been very productive.

Bank fishing is slow but Coot, Eagle Point and Catfish Cove are yielding fish to patient anglers.

Fly-fishing on the northwest side using damsels, Callibaetis or woolly buggers has been working for the fly anglers.

 

Frenchman Lake

The lake has been full this year and the fishing has been good all summer long.

Best places to fish are Lunker’s Point, Crystal Point and Nightcrawler Bay.

Early morning is still the best time to fish. If fishing midday, just fish a little deeper than normal. Shore fishing near the dam has been slow, but anglers who walk around to the left or the right of the dam have been doing well.

Trolling has been good near Big Cove and the east side of the lake.

Elk hair caddis, copper johns and woolly buggers have all been productive flies. Olive, yellow and tan are the popular colors.

If you prefer fishing with lures, try Lures Lil’Jake Stream-a-Lure (gold with red dots) and Dick Nite Copper Red Head.

Information on Frenchman Lake is courtesy of the folks at Wiggin’s Trading Post. For the latest information call them at 993-4683. Stop at the Trading Post on your way to the lake; they have everything you will need for a successful outing.

 

Lake Almanor

Trollers are doing best fishing between 22 and 55 feet deep.

Doug Neal of Almanor Fishing Adventures advises showing up early. The hot bite has been from 5 to 9 a.m.

Doug reports that despite lots of anglers, the catching has been slow in the Big Springs area. The better bite has been the east shore from the Snag to the Dorado Inn.

Crickets and mealworms suspended off the bottom have been working well for bank anglers. Just remember to fish deep.


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