Bucks Lake Fishing Report September 22, 2012

Well it looks like "that's a wrap" on the 2012 summer season at Bucks Lake. I finished off my season with some outstanding Kokanee fishing along with a mix of Browns and Bows. Even this late in September the Kokanee were still in good shape with only a few starting to color up, and the meat looked great. Bucks is a beautiful quiet lake even in the middle of the summer and that's why we love it. I will now be focusing my attention on Eagle Lake and the fat Rainbows that it has to offer my clients. New this year I will also be running fall trips on Lake Almanor so Browns beware. If you are looking to get in on this exciting fall trout fishing, on two of the best lakes that Northern California has to offer contact me as soon as possible to secure your days.

I look forward to seeing you on the water.

Bucks Lake Fishing Report September 5, 2012

The Bucks Lake summer trout bite that we have been enjoying since early July has finally tapered off, I guess all good things must come to an end. If history is any indicator, the trout usually take a slight pause this time of year as they begin lowering the lake level for fall and winter, and will be back on the bite shortly. The Kokanee bite,  however, is a totally different story. The Kokanee bite is not what I would call red hot but is certainly solid. Recent trips have been producing early limits, and then some, of these fat feisty salmon with the early morning hours being best. The jaws on the males have just started to distend, an indication that fall and spawning is on the way, but I have yet to see a "colored up" fish, and as you would expect the meat is still bright red and firm. It looks like we should have 2 to 3 more weeks of quality Kokanee fishing before the fish really start to turn. The bulk of the fish are running 12.5 to 13 inches with a few "kicker"  fish up to the 15 inch range showing. In addition to the Kokanee we are seeing a couple of nice bonus trout each day on the Kokanee gear with the Browns and Bows going 16 to 18 inches. Now for the details....

I have been keeping my boat on the Bucks Creek Arm of the lake fishing water 40 to 50 feet deep running the gear 25 to 35 feet on the Cannon Downriggers. The hot setups have been silver dodgers from Crystal Basin Tackle trailing a new prototype Uncle Larry's Spinner, tipped with corn brined in Pro-Cure's Kokanee Wizard.

I have just a few weeks left at Bucks Lake before I change my focus to fall fishing and Eagle Lake. This year I will be splitting my time between Eagle and Almanor during October, November and December. Dates are starting to fill as fall approaches, if you are planning a trip to either Eagle Lake or Lake Almanor and want to get in on this fantastic fall fishing,  please contact me to reserve your dates. "The early bird gets the worm!"

I look forward to seeing you on the water.

Bucks Lake Fishing Report July 23, 2012

A couple weeks back the summer trout bite at Bucks Lake busted wide open and it is still going strong. Early July saw easy limits and a ton of catch and release on every trip I ran, including a weekend of trips that featured over 100 fish hooked in two days with 50 landed by noon on Sunday alone! The boat experienced a number of double and triple hook ups, in fact a single hook up was rare. That is about as good as sierra trout fishing gets. Well guess what it is still going on. Yesterday we landed 20 fish in an hour and a half and had another 6 fish on that didn't make the net. The catch has been a mix of Browns and Bows with a few Kokanee and Brookies showing with three of those Browns between 17 and 19 inches and well fed. If you are looking for an exciting day of trout fishing on a beautiful, relaxed setting, Bucks Lake is for you. It is typical to have a solid summer bite at the lake but this is above and beyond.

I look forward to seeing you on the water.



Lake Almanor / Davis /Bucks Lake Fishing June 5, 2012

Time to update you on what has been going on here in Northeastern California. I finished up my 2012 Lake Almanor season at the beginning of May with some outstanding action. Most of our time was spent working the west shore for extremely hot Bows with a few Browns in the mix with most of the fish running in the 2 to 3 pound range with a few fish over the 4 pound mark. The fish were violently hitting the spoons, and in a lot of cases, immediately going airborne. It was some outstanding action and a great way to wrap up my Almanor season for this year.

I ran some trips up at Lake Davis in early May as well, and found outstanding action on the Rainbows up there. Many of my regular clients were impressed with the fight and the quality of the fish. All Rainbows in the 16 to 18 inch class that were thick and hard charging. The action was hot with well over 20 fish to the boat each day and in most cases just a few hours. The meat inside these fish is the best looking I have seen in a number of years. With the food that lake Davis can produce look for this fishery to only get better in the years to come.

We were able to get into Bucks Lake at the end of April this year which is at least 2 weeks earlier than normal. We found the lake with little snow around it and it's ice long gone. The Mack bite has been a little slower this year than in years past, with the fish being scattered and on some days harder to find. That said, we have landed a bunch of nice fish this year and continue to do so. I have also started fishing them on even lighter tackle in some cases which is resulting in some unbelievable battles lasting 15 to 20 minuets per fish. In addition to the Mackinaw trips I also have been running trout trips for Browns and a few Bows with good results. It is just hard to beat Bucks Lake for the variety of quality fish in beautiful and relaxed setting. I will be fishing exclusively Bucks Lake throughout the summer, if you are looking to get away and get in on some great fishing with friend or family contact me to set up your trip. I will leave you with a few pictures of some happy people. Click on the pictures to see a larger version.

I look forward to seeing you on the water.


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