Fishing Report for the week of 5/22/2013

Michael Condon
Staff Writer


  “I used to like fishing because I thought it had some larger significance. Now I like fishing because it’s the one thing I can think of that probably doesn’t.”

John Gierach, fly-fishing author

  We are still enjoying spring weather conditions and the spring bite is in full swing. Warming water conditions have the insect hatches increasing and that is bringing feeding trout closer to the surface.


Lake Almanor

  Good reports are coming from several areas of the lake according to Doug Neal of Almanor Fishing Adventures (258-6732). Trolling has been good at all the usual spots: Rec 1 to Big Cove, the east shore from Canyon Dam to Lake Cove, Dorado Inn, Lake Haven Resort to Big Springs, Almanor West and Prattville. Nightcrawlers behind a dodger, or fast-action lures, are the most successful trolling rigs.

  Doug says the salmon are also biting. Try jigging anchovy tails in deep water. A little Pro-Cure Herring Gel scent added to your bait will help bring the big kings in.

  Tom Maumoynier, owner of Lake Almanor Fly Fishing Co. (258-3944) reports good action for fly anglers on browns and rainbows. Bass are in spawning mode; midges and ants are hatching and the trout are working them.

  The Almanor Fishing Association, and Kokanee Power, will hold the second annual Lake Almanor Team Trout and Salmon Derby on Saturday, June 15. Entry forms and details are available at .


Butt Lake

  Pressure is very light but the fishing is good at Butt Lake. Bass fishing is on and the trout are cruising for midges. Remember that the powerhouse area is closed until Memorial Day weekend.


Bucks Lake

  The big Mackinaw are still the main attraction at Bucks Lake. It is best to get there now before the warmer water drives them deeper. Rainbows and browns are also being picked up by both trollers and bank anglers.

  Heath and Tori Farrell recently took their three kids fishing on Bucks Lake. Heath Farrell caught a 20-pound Mackinaw on a J Plug. They hooked and lost what they believe was an even larger fish. They also managed to boat some rainbows. Not a bad day! Heath said that he got the best catches on the shoreline on the north side of the lake past the dam.

  For the latest fishing information for Bucks Lake call the Bucks Lake Lodge at 283-2262.


Lake Davis

  The folks at J&J Grizzly Camping Resort at Lake Davis say the fishing has been good. The best action is mid-morning and lasts until the afternoon winds kick up. Last week I said to stay tuned for the blood midges. Well, they are hatching now and providing some excellent fishing for the fly anglers. Blood midges under an indicator or drifting a midge on a floating line with a long leader are producing.

  The damselflies are on deck. They are starting to move around but a decent hatch may still be a week or two away.

  Trollers using Dick Nite Copper Red Heads or Needlefish in Red Dot Frog or Fire Tiger are connecting with some nice rainbows. The north side of the big island is one of the hot spots.

  Fly-fishing is good from Eagle Point to Jenkins. Try blood midge and flying ant patterns.

  Bank anglers are catching fish at Eagle Point with nightcrawlers, PowerBait or salmon eggs.


Frenchman Lake

  The folks at Wiggin’s Trading Post report that beautiful weather and great fishing are bringing lots of folks out to Frenchman Lake.

  Mitch from Reno brought in a limit of rainbows that he caught near the dam using nightcrawlers. The largest fish weighed 2 pounds.

  Bob Parry, of Chilcoot, has been catching limits of nice-sized rainbows near the dam also. He’s usually out on the lake pretty early on mornings when it is not windy. He uses PowerBait.

  Trollers are doing best with nightcrawlers rigged behind a dodger or flashers.

  For the latest fishing conditions call Wiggin’s Trading Post at 993-4683.


Stream fishing

  Most streams are in very good shape. The water is low and clear. Water temperatures are more like June than May and this has many insect hatches running about a month early.       On Deer Creek the best fishing is around Elam Campground where the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has planted lots of hatchery fish. Insect hatches are on the increase with the best dry fly action in the late afternoon and evenings. Earlier in the day nymphs are producing for fly anglers. Try stoneflies and caddis flies. Be sure to carry some large salmon fly imitations. Deer Creek can produce some very impressive salmon fly hatches in the early season.

  Fishing is good on the Middle Fork Feather River. Insect hatches have been strong. Fish are starting to move downstream as the water warms. Look for the best fishing downstream from Graeagle to Sloat. High stick nymphing is the most productive method with bead-head attractor patterns. Caddis pupa and small stoneflies are also good bets. The best dry fly action is in the evening when the sun is off the water.

  On the North Fork Feather River the best fishing is upstream from Caribou on Highway 70. There are plenty of planted rainbows and for the angler skilled enough to coax them out of the deeper runs and cut banks, there are some very nice wild fish. The adventurous angler will find some good fishing by hiking upstream from the Belden Reservoir above Caribou. Stoneflies and blue-winged olive mayflies are a good bet. Attractor bead-head nymphs fished with an indicator are also a good choice. Switch to dry flies late in the afternoon when the sun is off the water.

  Remember that all streams that flow into Lake Davis, Butt Lake and Lake Almanor are closed until the Saturday before Memorial Day.


Fish plants

  This week Hamilton Branch and the North Fork Feather River above Chester will receive trout plants from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. In Lassen County, lower Goodrich Creek and the Susan River will be planted. In Tehama County, Deer Creek and Gurnsey Creek will be planted.

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