Is this spring? |

Is this spring?

The weather for the last few days has been glorious. These warm days make a young man’s thoughts turn to fishing. Near the end of each season we can expect spells of the coming season’s weather.

Though I suspect winter has not finished with us yet.

The rains of February put a lot of silt into many of our local lakes. This does not necessarily mean poor fishing. I had reports from Collins Lake this past weekend of good trout fishing. Trollers and bank fishermen were both doing well.

The water is a “light coffee” color with low visibility. Bright fluorescent colors were working for the power bait anglers from shore, the best areas are from the marina to the dam. Trollers were catching fish using chartreuse or fire/tiger colors. Collins is the best bet for large trout with fish over 5 pounds being taken.

The turbidity in the water has the effect of raising water temps rapidly during sunny weather. The suspended particles are warmed by the sun. I read a report of Folsom Lake rising 4 to 5 degrees in the last week to 54 degrees. The best temps for trout are in the 50 to 60 degree range. A continuing of the warm days could send the trout deeper unless we get more cooling rains.

March is the month that the striper run kicks into gear in the valley rivers. Prior to the rains of late February there was the beginning of a bite on the Feather River. The high water put an end to it temporarily. The warming water, lowering river levels and the clearing should have these fish on a bite very soon. More on this next week …

Pyramid Lake in Nevada has been warming nicely. From mid February to present the water temp has come up from the low 40s to the high 40s. Fishing has been up and down.

During times of glassy surface conditions the fish move out from shore to deeper water. This slows down the action for shore-based anglers. I have heard reports of 30 fish days when conditions are good. March and April are the best months for fishing Pyramid. This fishery has been very good this year and you owe it to yourself to go.

Turkey hunters are looking forward to the opening of the spring season March 27. The season extends through May 2. There are two hunting areas close by that require a no-fee permit the first two week ends of the season. These are Spenceville Wildlife Area and Daugherty Hill. The intent is to limit the number of hunters on these popular areas. The deadline for your post card application is March 10. You might still be able to enter. The details are at:

Denis Peirce writes a weekly fishing column for The Union and is host of the “KNCO Fishing & Outdoor Report,” which airs 6-7 p.m. Fridays and 5-6 a.m. Saturdays on 830-AM radio. He may be reached via e-mail at

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