“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”
—Henry David Thoreau
Summer weather has returned, but it probably won’t last for long. The water is beginning to cool and kokanee salmon and brown trout are getting ready to spawn.
There is no better time to get out on your favorite lake or stream than right now.
The nights are getting colder, but the fishing is still hot at Frenchman Lake. Dakota Baker, Tysen Blake and Alan and Kobe Grassi caught their limits using night crawlers by the dock at Frenchman’s Campground. All of the fish weighed between 1 and 2 pounds.
Shore fishing has been good between Frenchman’s Campground and Spring Creek. Most anglers are using inflated night crawlers, sometimes adding salmon eggs to the crawlers.
Trolling remains good at the north end of the lake, and some trollers have had success around the dam. Lures producing good results include Rooster Tails (black, yellow, green), Needlefish (yellow, green, red) and Dick Nites.
For the latest fishing information call Wiggin’s Trading Post at 993-4683. On your way up to the lake, be sure to stop at Wiggin’s Trading Post. It is an incredible little store with a mind boggling variety including everything you could ever need (short of a boat or RV) to camp and fish at Frenchman Lake. It is the perfect antidote to today’s big box stores.
The current lake level is about 80 percent of normal which is 20 percent higher than this time last year. Water temperature is between 69 and 72 degrees.
Fishing had been on the slow side but is starting to show signs of improvement.
PowerBait and worms are the baits of choice for shore anglers. The most productive spots are Eagle Point and Fairview.
Trollers are scoring with Wee Dick Nites. Copper Red Head is the most popular color pattern. The larger fish are about 20 feet deep.
Fly fishers are using Callibaetis or blood midge patterns with sinking lines. Jenkins Point is a good area for fly anglers.
The fishing at Bucks Lake is picking up. Both Alan Bruzza of the Sportsmen’s Den in Quincy (283-2733) and Bryan Roccucci of Big Daddy’s Guide Service (283-4103) report an increase in the trout action.
The Bucks Creek arm is the best location for browns and rainbows while the Mill Creek arm offers hot action for the smaller but more abundant brook trout.
Bryan worked the edges of the Bucks Creek channels in the 35- to 45-foot range keeping the gear within 5 feet of the bottom. Top producers were the UV Cripplure and the frog colored Needlefish.
The trout were running up to 15 inches with a few larger fish in the 18- to 20-inch range.
There are still some nice bright kokanee salmon being caught. Some of the kokanee are starting to show some color, which means the time for spawning isn’t far off.
I haven’t had much to say about Antelope Lake for a very long time. That is not because it isn’t an excellent lake. I just can’t find any good information. I think with so many great fishing options in Plumas County, it is easy to overlook some very decent fishing water.
Antelope Lake isn’t known for large fish but it is known to offer lots of fish and a great variety of species including trout, bass, crappie and catfish.
If you have fished Antelope lately and have some information you would like to share, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Feather Publishing at 283-0800.