Allan Bruzza, of Quincy, displays the beautiful rainbow trout he caught while fly fishing the west shore of Lake Almanor.
Photo by Michael Condon
Winter is upon us and the fishing has certainly changed. For starters, all streams in the area are closed to fishing now.
Many small lakes will soon be inaccessible due to snow. Other lakes will ice over. But that takes a while so once the ice starts to form, they will be unfishable until a good safe thick layer of ice has formed.
Does that mean game over? Certainly not. There are still some excellent options for angling in Plumas County. Read on.
Fishing has been good despite the snow and cold weather. The road up to Frenchman is good, but there are some icy spots. Be careful and watch for those icy patches.
Misti Mecca, of Reno, Nev., caught her limit bank fishing at Lunker’s Point using the famous Wiggin’s night crawlers. The rainbow trout were approximately 18 inches long, weighing 1 to 2 pounds.
There have been good reports of shore fishing near Big Cove, Turkey Point and east of the dam. Most fishermen are using night crawlers and marshmallows, or PowerBait in rainbow, sherbet, or white.
Call Wiggin’s Trading Post for current information at 993-4683.
The lake has turned over and the cooler surface water has brought the trout into the shallows.
Look for rainbows stacked up in shallow coves, especially those with creeks flowing in.
Geritol Cove near Canyon Dam has been the hot spot lately. Fishing pressure there has been moderate during the week and a bit busier on the weekends. There are plenty of other coves with almost no fishing pressure.
The key in these shallow coves is to remember that these fish spook very easily.
Stealth is that key. Running a boat into the cove can ruin the fishing.
There are some other good options for boat anglers.
Doug Neal of Almanor Fishing Adventures reports good fishing at the usual spots: Rec 2, the A-frame and Big Springs have all been producing.
The brown trout spawning activity is about done. Salmon eggs and row are excellent baits during the spawn. By now the rainbows are turning their attention to white jigs and other pond smelt imitations. Baby night crawlers are a good choice for bait fishers. For fly anglers, size 20 midge pupae patterns are the ticket.
For those willing to brave the cold weather, the fishing at Lake Davis has been very good.
Bank anglers are catching lots of healthy rainbow trout. According to Jeannie at J&J Grizzly Store and Camping Resort, the hot locations for bank anglers are Mallard Cove, Camp 5 and Fairview. The most productive baits are night crawlers and rainbow colored PowerBait.
Brown trout are not known to inhabit Lake Davis. But nobody told that to the lucky angler who caught a very healthy brown trout at Mallard Cove.
Boat anglers have been scoring by trolling worms behind flashers. All of the docks are out of the water but the boat ramps are open. Small aluminum boats are recommended.
Fly anglers have been also been doing well. Try midge patterns or woolly buggers.
The roads are open around the lake. Most of the lake shore is free of snow, with just a thin layer in the shaded areas.
’Tis the season
Do you have an angler on your Christmas shopping list?
Among our many pleasant qualities, anglers are easy to shop for. So consider yourself lucky. Here are a few gift ideas to consider for that special angler.
A guided fishing trip is a great gift idea. Plumas County has many excellent fishing guides who offer both half- and full-day trips.
One of the things I love about fishing is that there is always something more to learn. Think of guides as teachers.
No matter if the angler on your gift list is a beginner or an experienced angler, a guided trip can be a very rewarding to learn more about local waters and improve techniques.
Fishing gear of all kinds makes excellent but somewhat tricky gifts. Fishing gear can be somewhat specialized. A little detective work may be required to figure out just what sort of gear your favorite angler needs.
Fly tying kits, lure making kits and angling books are a great way for anglers to stay engaged in their favorite sports during the wet and cold months of winter.
Polarized glasses and good layered clothing (think polar fleece and SmartWool) are always good bets.
And as I head out the door to go fishing on a chilly December morning, I am reminded how nice good fishing gloves can be. Fishing gloves have the finger tips removed to allow for tying knots without removing the gloves. I wish I had some!