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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 3C GOLF RESULTS Graeagle Men's Golf Association The Graeagle Men's Golf Association held their annual fall general membership meeting and Two-Man Scramble Golf Tournament on Wed., Oct. 1. At the meeting, the club elected new governing board members for the 2015 golf season. Elected were: President - Norm Miller; Vice President - George Fraser; Secretary - Joel Patterson; Treasurer - Gary Romero; Communications Director - Tom Slavik; Rules/Handicap Chair- Mike Irving; Tournament Chair - Dan Friedman; Couples Tournament Chair - Chuck Pratt; Food Committee Chair - Dennis Flynn; Past President - Chuck Franck. The Two-Man Scramble was divided into two divisions: the Standard Tee Division and the Combo Tee Division. In the Standard Tee Division there was a tie for first place between the teams of Tom Taylor/Tom Balestri and Jim Reynolds/Bill Keese with a score of 67. There was also a tie for third place between the teams of Norm Miller/Bill Hopp and Bob Laxague/Chuck Gielow (69). In the Combo Tee Division, first place was won by the team of Gary Kinkley/Bob McIlroy with a score of 66, second place went to the team of Mary Pierce/Norm Nichols (67) and Mike Gibson/Aubrey Neish were third place (68). LACC Women's Golf Club On Tues., Sept. 30, in their final outing of the season, the LACC Women's Golf Club members played Criers and Whiners. The 20 players were divided into two flights. In the first flight, Trudy Leete placed first, Marcia Spooner was second, Jessie King was third, and Meschelle Righero was fourth. In the second flight, Cathy Rideout placed first, Peggy Lentz was second, Nancy Foote was third and Karen Griffin was fourth. On Hole 4, Sue Hudson made a birdie with a great . chip-in. Carol Lunsford made a nice chip-in on Hole 3. The club will resume play on the first Tuesday, May, 2015. Graeagle Meadows Women's Golf Club Last Thurs., Sept, 25, there was good news and bad news, and it was the same in both cases: rain, rain, rain, which was good for the forests, firefighters and drought, but bad for the golfers. Therefore, GMWGC's annual Ace of Aces Playoff was postponed to Fri., Sept. 26. Among the 16 monthly qualifiers in the playoff, the . winners were: Red Tee Division, low gross score, Priscilla Piper with 89; low net score, Dee Walker in a scorecard playoff with Bev Reynolds, both with 72. Combo Tee Division, low net score, Linda Bilger with a 69. The game of the day was low gross score and low net score. Red Tee Division winners included: low gross score, Priscilla Piper; low net score was a tie between Bev Reynolds and Dee Walker. Combo Tee Division, low gross score, Ann Pratt (97); low net score, Linda Bilger. Karen Fraser and Gall Nelson each had one chip-in. This Thurs., Oct. 2, the golfers enjoyed clear skies and pleasant temperatures. The game was Pick Five Clubs, a low net score game in which each player carried only five clubs total. Each player is normally allowed to carry 14 clubs, so players were faced with some interesting club choices with which to make shots. The Red Tee Division winners were: Ellen Fearing, first place, with 71; JoAnne Lake, second place (72); and Priscilla Piper, third place (76). The Combo Tee Division winners included: Annie Fischer, first place (70); Lorraine Cornish, second place (71); Linda Bilger, Jay Fisher and Giuliana Glazer tied for third place, each with Fishing flares Michael Condon Staff Writer mcondon@plumasnews.com "There is no greater fan of fly-fishing than the worm." --Patrick F. McManus The dog days of summer are quickly becoming a thing of the past. The warm water of summer (too warm if you happen to be a trout) is giving way to much more comfortable water temperatures thanks to cooler nights, shorter days and a couple of very welcome rain showers. This is my favorite time of year. Normally my biggest challenge is figuring out how to allocate my scarce free time between the harvest in my garden, deer hunting and fishing. This year the gophers and deer have pretty much eliminated the gardening option so I am free to focus on the other two activities (and I have a little extra motivation for the deer hunting). But this is about fishing. The stream flows are still pretty skinny, but falling temperatures are helping improve the bite in local streams and rivers. However, the lakes are where the action is. Lower surface temperatures have hungry trout on the move. Fall spawners (kokanee and brown trout) have more on their mind than feeding, and their aggressive behavior as they prepare to spawn makes them a favorite target for local anglers. Then there are the fail colors. The maples, the oaks, the aspens and the Indian up with rhubarb are all starting to display their bright fall colors. Plumas County is absolutely beautiful in the fall. It is definitely time to get outside and enjoy our amazing mountains. Lake Almanor Fishing at Almanor is starting to pick up. Surface water temperatures have cooled to the low to mid 60s. Fly anglers are starting to connect with a few browns early in the morning and rainbows throughout the day. The best fly-fishing is still near tributaries and springs where the water is cooler. The browns are in the early stages of pre-spawn mode and starting to move into the flats. The best bests for fly anglers are fishing midge nymphs, attractor nymphs and egg patterns under an indicator. Stripping woolly buggers, trolling flies or pond smelt imitations from a boat or float tube with a full sink line is also effective. Doug Neal, of Almanor Fishing Adventures, reports that recent winds and the turning over of the lake have reduced water clarity to only a few feet. He says this has slowed the trolling bite significantly. The better fish caught recently have all come off baits and jigs suspended 5 to 8 feet off the bottom, according to Doug. Bait fishermen have reported the best action working areas closer to springs. Crickets and mealworm combinations, nightcrawlers and even salmon eggs have been the top producers. Adding scent is very important when clarity is poor. Bait scents are helping fish find suspended baits that otherwise could not be seen with the poor water clarity. Look for the fishing to pick up significantly as the water continues to cool and clear. 73. Diane Trainor had two chip-ins, and Carol Miller had one. Plumas Pines Men's Club Plumas Pines Men's Club rose to the top in the Sierra Travel Cup by soundly defeatingDiamond Mountain Men's Club at Plumas Pines Golf Course in the final match. Diamond Mountain went into the final day with a slight lead, but the Plumas Pines men were able mount a victory significant enough to take the overall 'lead. This year's participating teams included men's clubs from Plumas Pines, Graeagle Meadows, Sierra Sage, Diamond Mountain and Washoe Municipal Golf Courses. The competition begins in May and continues through September, With each team individually pitted against another, first at one team's course then, the following week, at the other team's course. Each team fields 10 players for a spirited match play competition. Next year begins a whole new competition in which the Plumas Pines men will be sporting targets on their backs. LAWWGC The 2014 season for the Lake Almanor West Women's Golf Club came to an abrupt end on Thurs., Sept. 25, due to rain. The annual Invite Your Mate tournament was planned for that day and even though golf couldn't be played, lunch at the Almanor Grill was still enjoyed by the ladies and their guests. A decision was then made to have the tournament on Tues., Sept. 30. Sharon and LarrY Auge and Carol and Jim Regimbal tied for first place. Third place winners were Carolyn and Mike Willhoit. Cheryl Springfield and Dennis Williams took fourth. The winner for closest to the pin was Tom Shennan on Hole 6. Karen Tr, att was tournament chair. Due to her cool nights, October and November can be the very best time of year to fish Almanor. Lake Davis Surface water temperatures are in the low to mid 60s and the fish are fat and healthy. The water level is very low and there are lots of weeds. Fly anglers fishing the channels between the weeds are Emding some very nice rainbows. Try suspending beadhead nymphs and blood midge imitations about 3 feet deep under an indicator. Mallard Cove is still the best spot for bank fishing. PowerBait or worms seem to be working the best. The most productive trolling lane is in the channel from Honker Cove to just past the Big Island. Try Dick Nite Copper Redheads or Needlefish Red Dot Frogs. Bucks Lake The bite at Bucks is good and only going to get better over the next several weeks. The kokanee are in pre-spawn mode. As they gather up in front of Mill Creek and Bucks Creek, the browns and rainbows follow them into the shallow water, In my experience these are not picky fish. They will take almost anything. But Allan Bruzza at the Sportsmen's Den in Quincy says that black and gold Rapalas are especially effective now. The water level is very low, but you can still launch a boat at Bucks Lake Marina. The ramp at Sandy Point is out of the water. Frenchman Lake Fall fishing is getting off to a great start at Frenchman Lake. Don from Graeagle caught two 18- to 20-inch rainbows from his kayak while trolling flashers and PowerBait. Fly anglers are also getting into FRC tournament Winners of the fourth annual Feather River College athletics golf tournament pose after playing 18 holes at Plumas Pines Golf Resort on Sept. 28. From left: Scott Peterson, David Hintz, Terry Baumgartner, David Diggs and Ryan Diggs. The tournament was used as a fundraiser to help build covered batting cages for FRC's baseball and softball teams, and a three-pole net system for the volleyball program. Photo submitted I i planning, the ladies and their guests were able to have an enjoyable end to the season. Whitehawk Ladies Golf Club Our last play day was Tuesday. The game was team low gross score and team low net score. The team of Diane Romig, Marcia Zeigler, Katy Magliano and JoAnn West won low gross score and the team of Arline Simpson, Virginia Luhring, Toni Dick and the ever-present Barbara Competello won low net score. Our next event is the Awards Luncheon. It has been a busy season with lots of different winners. We look forward to 2015. Mt. Huff Golf The first frost nip turned into a beautiful sunny day for golf. Conditions were fall perfect for the Wednesday Morning short days some nice rainbows near the Frenchman boat launch. A Reno angler who is a regular at Frenchman caught four rainbows totaling 9 pounds. He was bank fishing from the dam with nightcrawlers. For current lake conditions and updates on the fishing call Wiggin's Trading Post at 993-4683. Stream fishing Skinny flows are still an issue for many, but not all, local streams. Lower nighttime temperatures are helping the trout stay active later into the day. This time of year attractor dry flies are working well. Suspending a beadhead nymph below the dry can increase the odds. Whether fly-fishing or bait-fishing, grasshoppers are my favorite go-to bait on a warm fall afternoon, especially when there is a little breeze. Fishing on Deer Creek is best in the early morning See Fishing, page 8C Scramble at Mt. Huff on Oct. 1. In first place at three under pare was the team of Ron Carter, Matt Rutledge and Loren Lindner. In second place at two under par came team members Jim Bryant, Robert Turcotte and Ralph Cote. Closest to the pin was won by Ralph Cote and Henry Martin hit the chip-in. The evenings are getting cooler and shorter, but there was a great turnout for the Thursday Evening Scramble on Oct. 2. First place team members Jeff Stevens, Greg Stevens and Ralph Cote nailed it at five under par, which is pretty significant for a nine-hole scramble. In second place at one under par was the team of Lynn McClellan, Gary McClellan and Margie Joseph. Closest to the pin was driven by Kelly McGlynn and the long drive was hit by Michael Astin. On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Year-End Member Scramble was played. In first place of the two-man teams were Todd Johns and Les Lindner. Mike Ingle and Dick Grace came in second. Third place ranking went to Dave Ricetti and Don McConnell. Rounding it out in fourth place was Leo Sorosinski and Ron Christenson. Closest to the in was hit by Dave Ricetti. There was no winner on Number 5 hole. Note to the players: With the fall season now upon us, with its shorter days, the Thursday Evening Scramble will now start at 4:30 p.m. To have your golf results cud club news included in this weekly section, email the information to sports@plumasnews.com by Friday at 3p.m. fairways and magnificent views of Mt. Lassen. Full swing driving range, practice putting and chipping greens. g Holes-00 i-i-i- CALL FOR TEE TIME 530-259-4555 BOOK ONLINE: LAKEALMANORWEST.ORG