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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, May 6, 2015 3(" Cal Outdoors." Steelhead, Rainbow are same species Steelhead vs. rainbow ,, the same fish. Its scientific For practical purposes andAmerican River below for O. mykiss less than 16 Question: I'd like to try name is Oncorhynchus to facilitate compliance, Nimbus Dam in Sacramento inches does not require a steelhead fishing for the first mykiss. Generally speaking, fishing regulations County, will require steelhead report card. time on the American River. O. mykiss found in differentiate between purchase of a steelhead Sardine fishery closure I will purchase a regular . landlocked freshwater withrainbow and steelhead in report card, even if you Question: I heard in the California fishing license no access to the ocean areanadromous waters by a practice catch and releasenews last week that the and adhere to all regulations, CALIFORNIA rainbow trout and steelhead 16-inch size threshold. O.(California Code of sardine fishery will be but do I have to purchase the OUTDOORS trout are O. mykiss fish mykiss smaller than 16 Regulations Title 14, section closing because it's been steelhead card if I don't found in anadromous waters, inches are rainbow trout, 5.88). overfished. Is this true? If so. intend to keep any steelhead? CARRtE WtLSON Anadromous refers to and bigger than 16 inches are The report card provides how will this impact sport If so, why can't one be fishing California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife unimpeded access to the steethead. Fishing for important data to fishery fishermen who rely on for regular (rainbow) trout in CalOutdoors@wildlife.ca.gov ocean, where steelhead live ' steelhead, meaning anyO. scientists and requires ansardines for live bait? What the same river without a Answer: It can be a bitthe majority of their lifemykiss in excess of 16 inches, entry for each day that you about for fishermen who steelhead card? confusing because steelhead before coming back to in anadromous waters fish and statistics on all fish --Lilly K. trout and rainbow trout are freshwater to spawn, including the Lower caught and released. Fishing See Cal Outdoors, page 5C Trout, bass hot now at Lake Almanor Michael Condon Staff Writer mcondon@plumasnews.com Something to think about: If you fish the wrong fly long and hard enough, sooner or later it will become the right fly. --John Gierach Lake Almanor Lake Almanor continues to offer the hot action. Water temperature is in the 50s: just where trout like it. Water clarity is very good. Midges are hatching all over the lake providing lots of feed for cruising rainbows while the browns are chasing the pond smelt. Doug Neal, of Almanor Fishing Adventures (258-6732), manages a few fish early in the day but he says the best bite has been after 9:30 in the morning. After that a rhythm starts to develop as the feeding and catching pick up. Doug says most of the fish are in the 2- to 3-pound range with a few 4-pounders. But part of the fun of fishing Almanor is that you never know when you will hook blood midges and then into a much larger fish. damselflies as the water The fast-action lures like continues to warm. Trollers Speedy Shiners and are scoring with Copper Needlefish continue to be the Red Head Wee Dick Nites. most effective rigs. But that Try trolling between the is not to say that slower rigs island and Honker Cove. like nightcrawlers behind Bank fishing is a little dodgers aren't picking up slower but a few fish are some nice fish. These taking PowerBait or worms. dodger/crawler rigs are most The best thing I keep effective when trolled hearing this year is that between 1 and 1.5 mph. The the fish at Davis are bigger fast-action lures do better than they have been in between 3 and 4 mph. past years. Fish between Doug says some of the most 17 and 22 inches are not productive trolling lanes uncommon. include Rec. 1 to Big Cove, Call J&J Grizzly Store the Canyon Dam area, and Camping Resort Hamilton Branch to Big (832-0270) for the latest Springs and Almanor West. fishing information. Bass fishing is red hot right now. The smallmouth Antelope Lake are in the shallows. Ben Antelope has plenty of Williams, of FishDog water. In fact, water is Outdoors (258-3905), spilling at the dam which recommends trying is very good news for the drop-shot rigs in water no fish in Indian Creek. more than 10 feet deep. Rip There are as many boats baits and swim baits are also on Antelope as there are on effective, any area lakes; which is to say there are a dozen or so Lake Davis boats on Antelope. Davis is only a little better It just feels slightly than half full. One boater I crowded because the boats talked to said he went past are all congregated by the the end of the ramp dam. Normally that is the launching his boat this week. place to fish, but the But the water temperature is catching has been a little holding around 55 degrees on the slow side. and that is just about perfect. This might be a good There are strong midge time to explore some of and Callibaetis hatches right the excellent shoreline now. Look for the larger habitat around the lake. Middle Fork Feather River Water temperature continues to be a big factor on the Middle Fork Feather River. It is a tale of two rivers, according to Dan McDonald of Camp Layman (836-1430). The Middle Fork above Two Rivers is warmer. Mayflies and caddis are hatching and the fish are feeding more actively. It also helps that the river is full of both planted and native fish. Limits of rainbows were the rule for Camp Layman clients who fished above Two Rivers, especially between Blairsden and Mohawk. Flies, spinners and worms all caught fish. Below Two Rivers the river flows faster and is cooled by several springs and tributaries. There are also fewer planted fish and the insect hatches have yet to kick in. Fishing is tougher here. The fish are less eager and less numerous. But they are bigger. The largest fish caught near Camp Layman was a 22-inch beauty. Fly anglers will do better in the late afternoon when the water is warmer. Look for caddis flies and flying ants above Two Rivers. Downstream try beadhead ilymphs fished under indicators. Stripping streamers in deep water is a John Rehrman, of Yuba City, holds one of many smallmouth bass he caught at Lake Almanor. Photo courtesy Ben Williams, FishDog Outdoors good way to find the bigger good bet. I like beadhead trout, nymphs for the extra weight. Also try stonefly patterns like North Fork Feather River little yellow sallies. The North Fork Feather is Stripping streamers in closed above Lake Almanor pools will get aggressive grabs for another few weeks, but from trout and pike minnows there is some good fishing to Woolly buggers and sculpin be had from Almanor all of patterns fished deep are also the way down to Lake Oroville. effective. Rising temperatures will Spin fishers will do well soon produce hatches of with Panther Martins or caddis and mayflies. In the Mepps spinners. Drifting meantime, caddis and mayfly worms can also pick up some nymphs fished deep are a nice fish. i