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Sardine Lake and surrounding mountains provide a scenic backdrop for a morning cup of coffee before a day on the lake. Photos by Jack Trout

Fish bits for the week of 8/7/19

Antelope Lake

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

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

Matt Goodwin said the north side of the lake is doing good right now. Water is pretty warm so it’s still hot out; one degree cooler is where the fish will be. The dams are a good spots always. It’s 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 to 10 its always a 20. It’s excellent! at least good.” We saw 10 really nice 3 lb. fish from the bank at Mallard.

Gold Lake

Where are the fish? 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 to 65 feet deep is reported to produce a good Mackinaw bite.

Sardine Lake

Our local celebrity, Sardine Lake, was featured in the Automobile Club magazine “Via” this month. 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 Mark Tieslau. “Panther, Power Martin’s, anything really is working.”

Middle Fork Feather River

Trout are feeding delicately on zebra midges size 18 and 20. Last month it was flies the size of chickens and now the diet of choice is a mere morsel, if that.

The Dog Days of Summer point the largest trout to look for the smallest flies by default. Non-beaded bottom flies are a good choice. “Look for the cut banks and fish in the bend on the opposite side becomes key,” suggests Jack Trout. “Don’t fish on top of fish after June, water becomes too clear.” Fish will still take a size 14 hopper here and there up against the cut banks in the afternoons.

“Caddis dries size 14 or 16 work well into the late evening; 4 to 8 p.m. is really good,” said Trout.

North Fork Yuba River

Trout are visible in the middle sections in foam lines and in the tail outs of the runs. If you can see the fish, they can probably see you. Tan or earth tone clothing is ideal. The canyon really cools off in the evening and in the shade until the sun warms things up after about 10:30 a.m. That’s when the fish will start biting.

“Evenings are productive with both mayfly and caddis hatches, the golden stone thing is over now,” said Trout. “Use small size 16 and 18 micro mayflies and copper Johns. Also caddis poopah are working good as well as emergers, as the last fly nymphing, and look for the grab on the swing.”

The river is prime for crossing now, do your migration staying parallel to the current, use a staff and don’t turn your largest mass up or down stream in heavy currents, you can slip.

“Always stay as parallel as possible to any river you’re crossing and if you have a friend you’re fishing with, use the ‘Buddy Method’ for wading rivers or call a fly-fishing guide like me.” Kids always need sunglasses and hats when fishing; there are no exceptions.

Enjoy another week of lovely weather and 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 to [email protected].

Fishing classes at the fair

Catch Jack Trout in person at the Plumas-Sierra County Fair on Friday, Aug. 16, at 6 p.m., for Fly Fishing 101. “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 7 p.m. as Jack offers The Art of Fly Tying, “Think like a fish, look like a bug.”

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