Fish Bits for the week of 7/10/19

Emma Marcus holds the fish she caught at Lake Davis during the fish plant in June. Photo by Amber Mouser

Antelope Lake

Steve Monteverde has his finger on the pulse of what’s biting up at the lake while manning the seasonal store and watching out for the campers at the Antelope Lake campground.

Stop by to ask him what’s biting, where and when.

Bucks Lake


“The bite, it’s kind of hit and miss,” said Dewitt Henderson at Bucks Lake Marina, “but the kokanee are on fire.” The big fish are about 20 feet down, mostly concentrated around the east side of the channel.

Frenchman Reservoir

Goodwin’s Store gets a fair amount of traffic with fishermen looking for last minute fishing supplies and lunch to take on the water. “It looks like fishing has been good with Garlic PowerBait,” said staff member Blake Allison.”

Gold Lake/Lakes Basin

Mark Tieslau at Blairsden Hardware Store said fishing is good at Gold Lake. “They are catching at about 10 to 15 feet with Rapallas.” The river level is perfect according to Tieslau and the store was hopping with action.

Lake Almanor

Fishermen were able to enjoy a free Fishing Day on July 6. The next free fishing day is Aug. 31, during the Labor Day weekend.

Road construction continues on 70 through the Canyon with extended road closures. “Please check with Caltrans for current road updates,” advises Almanor Fishing Association president John Crotty.


Lake Davis

Amber Mouser, District Fisheries biologist for Plumas/Sierra County, reported July 1, “Brown trout make their way into Lake Davis today. The load was 3,500 pounds of brown trout (roughly 8,400 fish), so they are about 2.4 fish to the pound. Thank you everyone for your help and support in getting this accomplished.”

Even though it was a free fishing day everywhere in California on July 6, there are plenty of fish in the water. Fishermen will want to aim at 20-30 feet for cooler temps.

Middle Fork Feather River

“Fishing is great right now with a PMD Mayfly hatch early morning around 9 a.m.,” said fishing guide Jack Trout. The magic fly right now is a size 16 to 12 Poxy Back Golden Stone.

Sardine Lake

Fishing is good with consistent trout plants and happy anglers. “Look for dry fly in the afternoons near the creek on the west side,” suggests Jack Trout. Parachute Adams has been the number one choice at Sardine Lake.