Men and fish are alike. They both get into trouble when they open their mouths.
One of the reasons we enjoy such excellent fishery resources is that we have dedicated volunteers who contribute their time and energy to help protect and enhance our fishery resources.
The Feather River Chapter of Trout Unlimited is one such organization. They have some upcoming events that you can get involved in.
The Great Sierra River Cleanup is a weekend event that brings volunteers from schools and organizations from throughout the region together to make a huge difference by cleaning up local waterways.
The Feather River Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be working on the Middle Fork Feather River. You are invited to join them in this very meaningful effort Sept. 17.
Participants are asked to meet at the Coyote Bar and Grill parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Bring a pair of gloves and a good attitude.
The Feather Chapter of Trout Unlimited is also co-hosting the Wild and Scenic Film Festival with the Feather River Coordinated Resource Management (CRM) group and Plumas Arts. The festival will be held at the Town Hall Theatre in Quincy Sept. 21. Doors open at 6 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available in Quincy at the CRM office and at the Millworks Cafe in Graeagle.
For more information on these events call Cindy Noble at 249-0444.
The fishing at Almanor is improving as the water begins to cool. The lake is still not in a fall pattern but that isn’t far off. In the meantime continue to fish early and fish deep.
Mayflies, caddis flies and damsels are still hatching but there are indications that the trout and salmon are shifting their attention to the abundant pond smelt.
Red and gold Speedy Shiners are always effective at Almanor. Try lures and soft baits in some combination of silver and/or white and about an inch and a half long to imitate the pond smelt.
Baby night crawlers fished behind flashers or dodgers 40 to 60 feet deep is another combination. The east shore continues to fish well and Big Springs has been improving.
The fishing is not fast and furious, but persistence will pay off with fish in the 1- to 4-pound range.
The on and off again kokanee fishing has been very good lately, according to local fishing guide Bryan Roccucci of Big Daddy’s Guide Service. (Call Bryan at 283-4103 or visit bigdaddyfishing.com.)
Bryan has been doing very well running combination trout and kokanee trips at Bucks Lake.
Bryan fishes the Bucks Creek arm of the lake starting at 20 to 30 feet deep trolling an Uncle Larry’s Tropical Tiger or a pink Wiggle Hoochie behind a dodger. The hooks are tipped with Pro Cure scented corn.
Once the sun is on the water Bryan fishes deeper, in the 30- to 35-foot range.
After an unusually slow start with high flows and cold water well into summer, local streams are finally fishing very nicely. All of the standard nymph patterns are working.
In the late afternoons and evenings there are mayfly, caddis fly and stone fly hatches.
There are also plenty of grasshoppers that are getting blown into the streams on windy afternoons. Crickets are a great bet for bait anglers.
Locally, trout were planted in the Middle Fork Feather River near Clio and the North Fork Feather River above Caribou Crossroads.