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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, July 12, 2017 138 Tyler Codey, left, and Ryan Castor from Orange County stop by Snake Lake to fire off some weapons before the weekend of music at the fairgrounds. Photos by Marl Erin Roth FISH, from page 12B Butt Lake Butt Lake is a bit like Almanor's little sibling. It has all of the same species of game fish and bait fish thanks in part to the flume that carries water from Almanor to Butt Lake. So, just like Almanor the hex hatch is starting to wind down and in the main lake hungry trout are stating to focus on pond smelt. One big difference at Butt Lake is the powerhouse channel. This channel delivers feed and cold, oxygenated water from Lake Almanor. Separated by just a narrow jetty, Butt Creek enters the reservoir in the same spot. Butt Creek delivers more feed, more cold water and provides important spawning habitat. The other important difference at Butt Lake is the population of Sacramento Pike Minnow that seems to have exploded in recent years. This fish is neither a pike nor a minnow, but it is a voracious feeder on young trout. That may explain why the trout population at Butt is not what it was several years ago. Even with fewer trout, Butt is still one of my favorite lakes. With no water skiing or jet skis, it offers quiet solitude that is hard to fred these days. And there is always the possibility of a really large trout. Try trolling Speedy Shiners or Needlefish in the main channel of the lake or fishing pond smelt imitations (flies or lures) offofthe jetty by the powerhouse. Salmon eggs or Powerbait will also work there if you are so inclined. Bucks Lake Water skiers and jet skis are out in full force at Bucks Lake. But early in the morning and then again in the late evening this beautiful lake is the domain of the angler. Bucks has a good population of rainbows with lesser numbers of brown and brook trout. But, the big attractions right now are the kokanee salmon and lake trout that on occasion run 20 pounds or more. Both are very deep water fish. The kokanee are small fish, but very feisty. They are so numerous in Bucks that the limit was recently raised from five to 10 fish per day. And they are very tasty. Unlike the lake trout, the kokanee are prolific enough that there is really no need to release them. Both kokanee and lake trout require somewhat specialized gear. Kokanee are plankton feeders, but will take very small spoons. Lake Trout feed on trout and kokanee and respond best to large lures. For the most current fishing information and a full selection of tackle for kokanee and Lake Trout, stop at The Sportsmen's Den on Highway 70 in East Quincy on your way up to the lake. Frenchman Reservoir Spring fishing has been excellent at Frenchman. Bank anglers have probably done better here than at any other Plumas County lake. As the water warms, the fish will head to deeper water making bank fishing a bit more challenging. However, trollers and fly anglers using full sink lines should continue to do well. Lake Davis Spring fishing has been a mixed bag at Davis. Despite an abundance of feed, the catch rate has been on the low side. The good news is that the fish that were caught were large and healthy. Davis is known for excellent fly-fishing in the spring and again in the summer. The Hexagenia are still hatching now, but that will wind down soon and the fly-fishing will slow down until fall. Right now fly anglers will still fmd damsel flies in the morning with a few mayflies in the mix. In the afternoon midges will be the dominant food source. The real attraction is in the evening when the Hexagenia hatch. Once the hex hatch is done, fly-fishing is pretty much over until fall. There are still fish there to be caught, but the warm water makes for tough fishing and the fish that are caught will be too stressed to release safely. Trollers will continue to find some healthy rainbows working the deep water by the island. Warm water is making shore fishing difficult. Streams The cold runoff from the spring snowmelt has lasted longer than we have seen in recent years. Some streams probably have another couple of weeks of high flows, but each week more of our local streams are starting to settle into summer flow levels with more predicable evening fly hatches. The Middle Fork Feather River may look more like it normally does in mid-June rather than mid-July, but flows are dropping to a fishable level. The best fishing may be between Clio and Two Rivers where Jamison Creek enters. Even below Two Rivers, all the way down to Sloat, the river is looking good. Insect hatches are starting to pick up with small stoneflies, mayflies and caddis flies all making an appearance in the late afternoon and evenings. The North Fork Feather River continues to fish well. Flows are best below the diversion dam above Chester, but the flows above the diversion dam are starting to settle into fishable condition. Look for pale morning Dun mayflies and a few caddis flies hatching in the evening. Earlier in the day, a dry fly/dropper rig will be most effective. Drifting salmon eggs or worms with just enough split shot to bounce along the bottom is a great way to connect with some catchable size rainbows. Both the Middle Fork and North Fork of the Feather are scheduled for trout plants this week. GUN, from page 12B day, the out-of-town guests fired shotguns, handguns and rifles safely in an area a quarter mile from the range, where it is obvious others have practiced in the past. Colorful balloons were filled as targets along with bowling pins and other items the visitors from Orange County brought along for this activity. Clearly focused on one-another's safety with ear protection in place, participants took turns shooting the weapons, aiming : safely towards their targets with the mountain as a :backdrop. When the rounds were spent, off to the festival they !went. Tyler Codey gets in position to fire his shotgun at Snake Lake while his friends Aya and Ryan Castor get their ear protection in place. i Topsoil, Compost & Manure ...... 12 yards, delivered* $350 Manure Only .............................. 12 yards, delivered* $350 Space is limited! Sign up at - Screened and Processed - SAND & GRAVEL AVAILABLE Call (530) 257-4506 *Susanville area, call for outlying areas. SUMMIT, from page 12B On the flip side, QHS head the years with lots of support, football coach Tom Goss the teams did better. talked about how great it is A consensus was expressed discipline changes behavior, that the QHS football team to expand the high school punishment does not." has the opportunity to play newsletter to include coach's School pride was brought in the Feather River College volunteer needs, and "what's up since only four of the 2017 stadium, really going on at Quincy season's 28 baseball games "No one else gets to playHigh." were played on the Quincy on a field like that," said Woodlee reported, "I have diamond. Goss. all the scheduling for fall and "Teams didn't want to play "It's all programs that Iwinter already," and added on the QHS field," said want to see flourish and that he is committed to, Ofenham, describing the expand," said Ofenham. "being the number one hazardous field During collective comments cheerleader." Ofenham said, irregularities. The principal from the coaches, Athletic "I'm committed to being at all provided an overview of Director Mike Woodlee andthe games." plans in motion to upgrade Ofenham, credit was given to Recapping after the the Quincy field, a nice volunteers as key ingredients meeting, Woodlee said, "I improvement for the Trojans to the success of all QHScertainly appreciate those who closed out the 2017 athletic programs. Goss coaches who attended and the season as undefeated league shared that in his 27 years, dedication Marty is making champions, he has witnessed that during to our athletic program." AT FEATHER RIVER COLLEGE Refresh or advance your ability! ...... . Math Workshops Build skills. English Tutorials Be prepared! College Success Get Involved! Local Activities Free lunch every day/ L_ _ J_ _ ] H ILIJJJ lJ_l ........ ~ ...... Dates: August 7th - 11th & August 14th - 18th Times: 10:00am-1:00pro Location: FRC Campus If living in the dorms, move in early at no extra cost! 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