Fishing Report for the week of 7/25/2014

Rodney Lee Jr. catches a 16-pound, 33-inch German brown trout off the Hamilton Branch shoreline of Lake Almanor, July 16. Photo submitted
Michael Condon
Staff Writer
If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.
—Doug Larson

The so-called dog days of summer are a bit early this year. That should not be a surprise considering the drought we are in.

The lack of snowfall this year is starting to take a toll on lake levels and water temperatures.

Lake Almanor

The water levels are higher than most north state reservoirs but the water temperatures are on the rise and that has the bite falling off a bit.

Successful anglers are working the deeper and cooler water. The trout are changing the focus of their diet from insects to pond smelt.

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All-stars fall in championship game

Feather River All-Stars pitcher Toby Buus delivers a pitch as fielders Bowdy Griffin, left, and Brendan Murray prepare for defense during the championship game against Gridley on Tuesday, July 15, in Redding. Feather River lost to Gridley, 5-0, in the final game of the Section 2 tournament. Photo by Holly Buus
Terry Baumgartner

Feather River All-Stars Coach

The Feather River Junior Baseball All-Stars lost 5-0 in the championship game of the Section 2 tournament Tuesday night, July 15, to Gridley.

The Section 2 tournament was held at Redding’s Foothill High School.

Feather River beat Gridley in 2013 to win the Section 2 championship, but this time Gridley would not be denied.

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Anglers can use the warming conditions to their advantage

Michael Condon
Staff Writer

“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.”

—John Buchan

Mid-July is a time of transition on most local waters. The best of the insect hatches will be winding down soon and warming water has the trout searching for cooler locations.

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California Outdoors for the week of 7/18/2014

Carrie Wilson
California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Limits from different waters

Question: I enjoy your weekly newspaper columns and now I have a question that I hope you can answer. When fishing for striped bass at a local lake where there is a 10-fish limit with no size restriction, what happens if on the way home I stop at the Delta to fish for catfish and a wildlife officer checks me out and I have 10 striped bass already? How do I prove I caught them at, say, New Hogan Lake several miles away and not the Delta? Another thing, if I catch eight striped bass at the lake, can I still catch two more out of the Delta? Thanks for your consideration. You keep writing them and I’ll keep reading them!

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Hunter Safety classes offered

M. Kate West
Staff Writer

  Local hunters desiring to hunt out of state this year need to be aware that many states are now requiring a hunter’s education certificate before a license will be issued.

  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife also requires these certificates for first-time license buyers.

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