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Monster mackinaws at Bucks Lake

Sonomans Bill Fernandez and Mike Mazza spent the opening day of trout season on Bucks Lake in Plumas County catching monster mackinaw trout that were up to 33 inches long and close to 23 pounds.

Bill and Mike were trolling Rapallas in 35 feet of water at a depth of about 22 feet and managed to hook and land six of these huge trout, the shortest of which were 29 inches long and the largest 33 inches long.

By any measure they are the biggest trout I have ever seen caught in California. Bill said that this early spring run of mackinaws only last for a short time, but if you’re on Bucks Lake at the right time, the action can be amazing. What’s even more interesting is that they landed the huge fish using eight-pound-test line.

Bill said the weather was mild (in the 60s), while Mike considered it cold, but worth the effort.

Bill, whose usual fishing territory is the Eastern Sierras near Bridgeport, said the fishing in that area is good. From twin lakes, the rainbow trout and German brown trout are running in the six- to seven-pound range, while at the Bridgeport reservoir the fish are more plentiful with lots of rainbows in the one- to three-pound range and quite a few browns in the two-to-five-pound range.

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