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3ulletin, Record, Progressive, RePorter Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 15B Winter lveather does not i:puan end ,!o the fishin00 Michael Condon Staff Writer "The best day to go fishing is any day that ends in a Y." --George Carr Back in 1989 1 fulfilled a long-time dream by moving to Alaska. 1 spent eight years in a true fishing and hunting paradise. The fishing was be- yond compare, from May through September. It was in the wintertime that I realized how much I missed Plumas County. Never mind the remoteness, very short daylight hours and really nasty winter weather in Alaska. It was the fishing I missed! We have something Alaska doesn't have: year-round fishing. Whether it's ice fish- ing, trolling or sitting next to a warming fire while bank fishing at your favorite lake, there are many opportunities to get out and enjoy our beau- tiful outdoors and some great fishing. Frenchman Lake Fishing is great at French- man, according to the folks at Wiggin's Trading Post. There is some ice around the edges, especially early in the morning and at the dam. There is open water beyond the ice. The open water is to the left, at Ship's Cove, and to the right, just past the turn near the island, just out from the dam. Last week, Gary Palmer, Chad Musulin and Pete De- Santis, of Susanville, caught their limits near Big Cove, using night crawlers and marshmallows. The rainbow trout were all between 15 and 18 inches in length. The east side of the lake of- fers the most fishing opportu- nity, with ice in many of the west side coves. All the roads around the lake are passable, although there is some ice on the road in the early morning. Call Wiggin's Trading Post at 993-4683 for current condi- tions. Lake Davis Fishing has been good both through the ice and on the open water. The lake is opening back Family makes snow for winter play over the holidays up. The ice depth at the dam is down to about 4 inches as of last week. There are still a few brave souls who are ice fishing, but most of the locals are saying it is not safe. The ice fishing derby is scheduled for Feb. 4. It will go on with or without the ice. For the latest on the derby visit the Grizzly Store web- site at grizzlystore.portola- The road into Camp 5 is open and clear of snow and ice. Smaller boats can easily be launched from there and the north and west portions of the lake are ice free. The fish are very active in the open water areas on the sur- face right now. It is a kayak- ers' paradise. Lake Almanor The fishing pressure at A1- manor has been light. Spring-like conditions have a few anglers fishing along the bank with bait, and trollers working the top water. Ac- cording to Doug Neal, of A1- manor Fishing Adventures, the fish are scattered an over the lake chasing smelt. The most active feeding is during the afternoon in the top 20 feet of water. The feeding trout and salmon are chasing the schools of pond smelt all over the lake. One area may fish very well one day, but the fish may have moved by the next day. The west shore of the lake typically has less wind expo- sure and the near shore ar- eas are shaded in the morn- ing. As a result, there is more ice along the west shore. The open water and better fishing action has been in the east lobe of the lake. Hamil- ton Branch, the A-Frame and Big Springs are all providing reports of big fish using baits close to the bottom. The one-sixth-ounce nickel Speedy Shiner with hammer finish, and the red and gold Speedy Shiner have been top producers for trollers. Doug recommends adding a healthy application of Pro- Cure "Trophy Trout Super Gel" to your lure. International Sportsmen's Exposition The International Sports- men's Exposition is coming to the Cal Expo in Sacramento on the 19th through 22rid of this month. This huge four-day show will have over 800 exhibitors showcasing everything out- doors. For the angler and hunter there is no better was to find the latest and greatest gear. What I enjoy the most are dozens of educational semi- nars. Take the kids to the popu- lar Western Outdoor News "Youth Fair" and enter the drawing for a guided trip for four people, provided by A1- manor Fishing Adventures. Check it all out at sportsex- New licenses Don't forget to purchase your 2012 license before heading to the lake. I bought mine online at It is very easy to get your license in the comfort of your own home and you can print out a temporary copy while you wait for the official version to arrive in the mail a few days later. Stay warm, be careful on the ice and have a happy and fish-filled new year. Scott Duncan.pull his.sor.Chance across.a,patr, h of .snow he snowmaking nozzle. Photo by Susan Cort Johnson Susan Cort Johnson Westwood Editor Members of the Duncan family of Santa Cruz, who vacation in Lassen County, have taken Mother Nature's job of making snow into their own hands. They rigged a Way to make snow and created a winter wonderland in their Pine- town backyard. According to Scott Duncan, he used an air compressor, a pressure wash- er and snowmaking nozzle he purchased at snowath- to create a family playground perfect for sled- ding and snowball fights. Duncan said his family was desperate for snow dur- ing their winter vacation. He and his wife, Joy, have two boys -- Chance, 8, and Joshua, 3. With the snowmaking equipment, Duncan was able to cover a good patch of ground in six inches of snow within an eight-hour period. If he did not have to get up every two hours to put WAT00- Damage? We're here to help with REPLACING or REPAIRING: DOORS TRIM WINDOWS PLUMBING ROOFING ELECTRICAL If it's something we can't fix, we'll find somebody who can. SINCE 19fl4 General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 gasoline in the machine he said he would have made snow throughout the night. The only problems he en- countered were temperature related. It needed to be 31 de- grees or colder with low hu- midity to make snow. If the temperatures dropped to 27 degrees making snow was a "sure go." New Year's night, with the temperature dropping below 31 degrees, Duncan began Cozy living room in this 3br, 2ba home, fenced back yard, 2 car garage. Susanvllle. $84,900. See Susan River Realty l Entertainment Home 4BR 2BA move In ready, PRICE REDUCEI)I $204,800. See Town & Country Properties, (uincy createddz his backyard ,,with.a, making snow to prepare the yard for one last day of fun before the drive back to San- ta Cruz. However, Monday morning at 6 a.m. Jan. 2, the temperature was 41 degrees. The family finished the vaca- tion playing on the last of their homemade snowpack, but they hope to return after a winter snowstorm in the next few months to a couple feet of snow they didn't have to manufacture. 'inter ca5 :h Don McConnell, of Quincy, caught this German brown trout Jan 9 at Bucks Lake. 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