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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 5C There is still time for fall fishing and fall colors Michael Condon The lake continues to drop, miss. Worms and Powerbait Staff Writer but is only slightly lower than are the most popular baits. mcondon@plumasnews.com normal for this time of year. The Forest Service ramps at Bucks Lake "Angling is just a way of Canyon Dam and the Almanor The kokanee fishing has relaxing and escaping in the Campground are both openbeen over for a few weeks. countryside." , although the dock at theThese landlocked salmon are r ~ Fennel Hudson; A campground ramp has been in the final stages of their Meaningful Life" clarity was good, at least until pulled out of the water, annual spawning run. this week's storm. There are some mackinaw Fall is a fleeting time of Pond smelt is the primaryLake Davis moving into shallower water year. It always seems to pass feed source and they are Lake Davis is a bit less than as the water temperatures too quickly. But then, it is not scattered throughout the east half full. Water temperature is drop. Try J-Plugs and as short as it was when I lived basin of the lake. much improved, but strongKrocodile spoons between in Alaska. There, folks would Fish are shallow first thing winds and trout that seem to Sundew and the dam. joke that fall was the first in the morning, but then drop be focused on the tiny daphnia Smaller mackinaw can be chilly afternoon in late to 20 to 30 feet once the sun is are making for difficult caught from shore early and August. Winter started the on the water, fishing, late in the day on a variety of next day. The action has been good Only 12-foot aluminums can spoons and spinners. Here in northern California, but not red hot. Fast action launch and get over the What I enjoy most at Bucks we are actually blessed with a lures like Speedy Shiners, sandbar at Honker Cove. Lake this time of year is long and beautiful fall. There is Needle Fish and Rapalas have Trollers were picking up a few fly-fishing in the Mill Creek still plenty of fall color out there been the most productive,fish on cinnamon woolly inlet. There is a healthy mix of and the fail trout bite is on. Smallmouth bass action was buggers and wiggle tails in the browns, rainbows and brookies It is time to go fishing, very good before this last top 10 feet. feeding in the shallow water. storm with lots of topwater The best trolling is between There are Callibaetis Lake Almanor action in the shallows. Rocky the big island and Mallard Cove mayflies hatching, but rather Water temperatures Point and Goose Island were and in the "old creek bed." than imitating these small continue to cool arid water the hot spots. Shore fishing is hit and mayflies, I prefer to use a generic nymph like a zug bug or pheasant tail. These are not picky fish. They feed most actively in low light conditions. A float tube or kayak is very helpful here. Eagle Lake The bite at Eagle Lake is very good right now and will likely remain that way until the season closure on Dec. 31. Lake Basin Gold Lake is giving up some nice fish to anglers working the shoreline areas at Gold Lake using chartreuse Wedding Rings for browns to 22 inches. Upper Salmon, Lower Sardine and Snag are all accessible from the road and worth giving a try right now. Antelope Lake The lake level is low, but the fishing has been very good. This normally busy lake gets very little pressure this time of year, but the action for both trout and bass can be very good. If you want some very well detailed information on how to fish Antelope Lake and its outlet stream, Indian Creek, check out the latest issue of Northwest Fly Fishing. There you will find a feature article on these local fisheries by part time Graeagle residents Bob Marshack and Kirston Koths. Stream Fishing Fishing on area streams closes Nov. 15 so there isn't much time left. The hatches have slowed down, especially after this last storm. But there are still some small mayflies and caddis flies hatching. Also be on the lookout for the larger orange colored October Caddis. The best fly-fishing will normally be in the late afternoon. Water levels are still very low so concentrate on the deeper pools. II Residential Commercial Call now for immediate appointment (530) 283-1605 ~ Since 1976 ~ CA. Lic. #405176 CA. 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