Fishing Report for the week of 12/8/2010

It’s not time to put the fishing gear away yet

Michael Condon
Staff Writer

November brought an unusual amount of snow and cold weather to the Plumas County.

Usually November weather systems bring us rain, but cold north winds brought the snow level down lower than normal for this time of year.

While the most recent storm system has brought higher snow levels, water temperatures in local lakes are cold. That may slow the fish’s metabolism a bit. While they are not yet in full winter mode, they may not be feeding as actively as they were a month ago.

Lake Almanor

According to Doug Neal at Almanor Fishing Adventures, 258-6732, some ice is forming along the shaded coves and in the shallows near the causeway. However the lake looks good and there has been little fishing pressure.

The fish are still active and are looking to feed, it’s time to bulk up for the leaner winter months ahead when food always seems to be scarcer.

As the water cools, dodgers and flashers will help bring hungry fish to your bait. Sep’s scented grubs in chartreuse and orange, 14 inches behind a 04 Silver Prism dodger have been catching fish.

A few boats are still trolling lures such as Needlfish in silver, or Red and Gold Speedy Shiners, and the increasingly popular, “Sep’s Pro Secret” also in red and gold.

Present yopur offerings at 6 feet early morning and drop down to 18 feet later when the sun gets high.

All these lures and even crawlers benefit from an application of Pro-Cure’s “Trophy Trout” applied with a small basting brush.

The browns are in the full spawn cycle. Females need to be released, so do not net them if you get hooked up.

Bank anglers are working the Hamilton Branch for rainbows, floating crawlers under bobbers, with good results.

Geritol Cove at Canyon Dam is good one day and off the next, hit it on the right day and it’s all good.

Butt Lake

This has long been one of my favorite spots this time of year. I haven’t fished there lately nor I have heard any reports.

Maybe that is part of why I like Butt Lake so much. The chance for big fish and small crowds always appeals to me.

If the powerhouse is running, I would fish from the jetty with a silver Rapala or a pond smelt fly. Fishing during low light conditions works best whether it’s early or late in the day or just a good thick cloud layer.

If the powerhouse isn’t running try fishing from the banks near the powerhouse.

It may not be fast and furious action, but it beats the heck out of working, and you just might be rewarded with a very nice fish.

Frenchman Lake

Ice has been forming around the edges of the lake but shore fishing is still productive.

The road is plowed to the dam. With the recent warm storms vehicles with tire chains can still get around the lake. Bait anglers are doing well with night crawlers and PowerBait. Fly anglers should try hopper patterns and Woolly Buggers

Lake Davis

Lake Davis was fishing well before the storms, but is now starting to ice up. Access is limited and Jeannie at J&J Grizzly Store tells me they are waiting for ice fishing, which is still a ways off.

Santa Lake

OK ... that is not really a lake, at least not around here. But, hopefully it got your attention.

If you are looking for gifts for that angler on your shopping list, the possibilities are endless: rods, reels and lures are obvious choices. You can also think beyond the obvious.

Fly tying is a great hobby It’s much easier than it looks and fly tying lessons make a great gift for the angler on your gift list.

A good fly tying kit with an instruction manual or DVD is another good option.

Rod building lessons are also a great option and are not restricted to just fly anglers.

A guided fishing trip is a great gift idea. A guided trip can bring great memories of a wonderful day, especially when shared with someone close.

In addition to the great memories, it will also yield lessons that will make future fishing excursions more productive.

Aside from fishing lessons and fishing trips, other gift ideas for anglers include fishing gear, fishing magazines, fishing books and trips to fishing lodges.

I sure hope my wife reads this. In case she, or anyone else, is looking for gift ideas for their favorite angler, I can be reached at

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