Fishing on the fly in Plumas is pleasing to all of the senses. Photo by Jack Trout

Fish Bits for the week of 8/14/19

Antelope Lake

The weather is perfect up at the high altitude paradise. Boats on the water, clear skies above, do we really need to pull a fish out of the water to have a great day?

Bucks Lake

“The fishing is doing pretty good actually,” said Thomas Leathers at Bucks Lake Marina. Rainbows and kokanee are providing the majority of the action. “The rainbows are hitting worms and PowerBait mostly and the kokanee are going for bright flashers and heavy lures,” said Leathers.


Clear skies and warm temperatures are the norm. “It’s been a little windy but not too bad,” said Leathers. Boat traffic has not been thick during the week, more of course, over the weekends.

Frenchman Lake

Travis Schwier at Goodwin’s General Store said the north side of the lake is doing well right now. “Fishing at Crystal Point and Turkey Point is going very well.” Garlic rainbow PowerBait and nightcrawlers remain the baits of choice. The water is pretty warm. Finding a spot where the water is one degree cooler is where folks will find fish. “People are starting to have quite a bit of luck at the dam,” said Schwier. On a boat in the narrows, the dams are a good spots always. Monday through Thursday are perfect, but the area can be pretty packed with Reno folk over the weekends.

Lake Davis

When asked how the fishing is, Jim Graham at J&J Grizzly Store said, “On a scale of 1-10 it’s always a 20. It’s excellent! At least good.”


From the bank and shoreline, the money is still on worms and PowerBait. Mallard, Eagle Point and Camp Five are all doing very well. “We saw 10 really nice 3-pound fish from the bank at Mallard,” said Graham.

Gold Lake

Where are the fish at Gold Lake? Mark Tieslau at Blairsden General Store said, “Early morning bite on the north side by the houses in about 30 feet of water trolling at about 15 feet.” The bite is on in the early morning, from 6 a.m. until about 9. “Then the big fish go deep,” said Tieslau.

Also trolling the trench that runs down the middle of the lake, from about 60-65 feet deep is reported to produce a good Mackinaw bite.

Packer Lake

“Use a bobber or an indicator and put three flies on below (Nymphs) down to 8 feet,” suggests Jack Trout. “Fish over near Bill MacQuatti rock and down towards the willows. Near dusk and in the morning use a size 16 creamy comparadun, works like a charm.”


Many trout have been stocked into this lake, as with Salmon and Sardine lakes.

Sardine Lake

Our local celebrity, Sardine Lake, was featured in the Automobile Club magazine Via this summer. And, fortunately fishing is really good. Conditions are ideal for a day on the water at Sardine with or without fish, but the report is that fish are biting. Morning bite is the best, of course, in the hot summer months.

Salmon Lake

Fishing is reported to be really good, “anything is working,” said Tieslau. “Panther, Power Martin’s, anything really is working.”

Middle Fork Feather River

As we head into mid-August temps are cooperating and trout are happy about it. Fish early and late on days where valley temps are in the 100s, mid-day if they are in the 80s due to hatches. Micro mayflies, Fox Poopah, Birds Nest and Pheasant Tails all in size 16 and 18 are good suggestions. Midges are good in size 18 and 20 also Emergers and “concentrate on flies with no beads, change often if fishing is slow,” suggests Jack Trout. “Fish south of Graeagle and above Portola for best success.” Also, North Fork Feather is fishing good right now. “In the evening use caddis size 14 or a Parachute Adams size 16,” said Trout.


North Fork Yuba River

Looking crystal clear, the Yuba River is now at its best levels for fly-fishing. “You don’t need the Bow Flex, you need the Yuba,” says Jack Trout. “Cross the river at sweet bends and fish to the bank side. I like a caddis size 14 with two droppers below it.”

Last week micro mayflies size 18 in green were the ticket. Early and late is the best fishing currently. “Head up from Convict Flats and fish various spots on up into Union Campground,” said Trout.

Another week of lovely weather is headed our way with great places to access. The feeder creeks all over both Plumas and Sierra counties are perfect for fishing, move in that direction in the coming weeks and let us know how you do. Send your pictures and details to [email protected]

Fishing classes at the fair

Catch Jack Trout in person at the Plumas-Sierra County Fair today, Aug. 14, at 3 p.m. for “Fly Fishing 101” on the West Lawn. “Add another dynamic to your fishing arsenal and repertoire,” says Trout.


Pitching a doubleheader, folks can witness and learn the Jack Trout secrets for making magic starting at 6 p.m. as Jack offers “The Art of Fly Tying” in the Pioneer Schoolhouse, and “Think like a fish, look like a bug.” Fly Fishing 101 will repeat on Friday, Aug. 16, on the West Lawn again at 3 p.m. followed by more fly tying at 6 p.m. in the Pioneer Schoolhouse. Saturday, Aug. 17, The Art of Fly Tying will be taught at 2 p.m. in the Pioneer Schoolhouse and Fly Fishing 101 will happen for the last time Sunday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m., on the West Lawn.

Refocusing on local history, Jack Trout will demonstrate the skills fishermen have made famous. He will be spinning tales and telling stories during his presentations on James Beckwourth, Snowshoe Thompson and Mark Twain.


Jack Trout School at the Plumas-Sierra County Fair – Aug 14-18


Wednesday, Aug. 14

3 p.m. Fly Fishing 101

6 p.m. The Art of Fly Tying

Thursday, Aug. 15

5 p.m. James Beckwourth

Friday, Aug. 16

3 p.m. Fly Fishing 101

6 p.m. The Art of Fly Tying

Saturday, Aug. 17

2 p.m. The Art of Fly Tying

6 p.m. Snowshoe Thompson

Sunday, Aug. 18

2 p.m. Fly Fishing 101

5 p.m. Mark Twain