Robert Dettling, of Woodland, records a moment with an awesome 17.5-pound Mackinaw he caught and released at Bucks Lake while fishing with Bryan Roccucci of Big Daddy’s Guide Service. Photo submitted
Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.
Afternoon winds and recent showers have kept surface temperatures from rising. This is prolonging the spring fishing conditions.
But the weather has been a mixed blessing, slowing the bite a bit and keeping anglers off the lake. Now that we have warmer and more settled weather conditions, the bite is picking up again.
Fish are generally scattered all over the lake with the best fishing in the east lobe of the lake.
Fish are enjoying these cool surface conditions, according to Doug Neal of Almanor Fishing Adventures (258-6732).
The Snag (a deep hole adjacent to a large shoal on the east shore about a half-mile north of the dam) has been the hot spot for salmon according to Doug.
Bryan Roccucci of Big Daddy’s Guide Service has been catching some quality fish mostly between 3 and 5 pounds trolling deep along the Peninsula with flies and soft plastics.
Butt Lake is fishing well. Trout are cruising the lake taking nymphs. Bass are in post-spawn mode. The powerhouse is running and some nice fish have moved into the channel to take advantage of the feed flushed down from Lake Almanor.
The bite for Bucks Lake trophy Mackinaw has been solid, according to Bryan Roccucci of Big Daddy’s Guide Service (283-4103). There have been a few tough days due to the winds but when the wind settles down the fishing picks up.
Trollers are also scoring some very nice browns and rainbows.
Fishing has been a mixed bag at Davis according to the folks at J&J Grizzly Store and Camping Resort. On warm days with little wind, the insects are hatching and the fish are feeding.
Cooler windy days slow the insect activity and put a chill on the bite. Cooler weather has also delayed the damselfly hatch a bit.
Successful trollers are putting out 150 feet of line. Most fish are being caught from 2 to 18 feet deep, according to Bryan Roccucci of Big Daddy’s Guide Service. Try copper or red spoons. The best trolling has been on the north and west sides of the big island.
Bank anglers using worms or PowerBait are scoring some nice fish at Eagle Point, Fairview, Mallard Cove and Coot Bay.
Fly anglers are working the west side from Eagle Point up to Cow Creek. Flying ants, blood midges, woolly buggers, and Wiggle Tails are all working. There are a few damselflies hatching but the main hatch is still a few days off. Look for Callibaetis mayflies in the afternoons.
Recent unsettled weather has kept the fishing pressure on the light side, but those anglers who have visited Frenchman Lake are finding some pretty good fishing.
Bob Parry, from Chilcoot, recently caught his limit of nice-sized rainbows in about an hour trolling with rainbow PowerBait. He says that pink PowerBait also works well. This time he was trolling across from the Frenchman boat launch.
Mark and Kevin Auser limited out at the dam and Frenchman boat launch using inflated worms.
Bradley Truhett, of Loyalton, caught his limit at Last Chance Creek back by the rocks. His fish measured about 17 inches each.
Call Wiggin’s Trading Post for current updates on the fishing: 993-4683.
Fishing is fair on Deer Creek. The best fishing is around Elam campground where hatchery trout are abundant due to recent plants.
Hatches of caddis, stoneflies and pale morning dun mayflies are starting to show. The best action happens when the sun is off the water.
For wild trout fish below Deer Creek Falls where catch and release and barbless hooks are required.
Stoneflies, caddis and a few yellow sallies are showing on the Middle Fork Feather. Nymphing with an indicator is the most productive but dry flies are taking fish in the late afternoon. Ants are bringing fish up along the bank.
There is good fishing below the powerhouses on the North Fork Feather. Try stoneflies and bead-head nymphs in pocket water. Be sure to use plenty of split shot to get the flies down where big fish will hold.
Hamilton Branch, the North Fork Feather above Lake Almanor and Bucks Lake will all be planted with catchable-sized rainbow trout this week.