Fishing still good at DeSabla/Paradise Lakes
Article and photo by Chuck Giles
12/15/12 -- I paid Shawn Naumann of Fins, Fur and Feather (FFF) in Paradise a visit yesterday and had the fortune to speak with a local fisherman who frequents both DeSabla Reservoir and Paradise Lake.
“I had a very good year at Desabla this year and still am catching fish,” said the regular FFF customer. “I saw brown trout up to six pounds swimming around. I actually hooked a big one, but it got hung up and I couldn’t land it.”
There is a small flume on one end of this lake and at certain times of the year the acrobatic browns can be seen making every effort to ascend the falls to spawn.
Planted rainbow trout also abound in this small Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) impoundment. Crickets, Powerbait and worms are the best baits for DeSabla.
Paradise Lake, operated by the Paradise Irrigation District (PID), is another nearby venue for fishermen here and provides year-round shore access at the main picnic area. The remainder of the lake is restricted after November 15 each year to boats and anglers.
Most anglers prefer throwing the three-eighths ounce blue and silver Kastmaster and ball up either chartreuse or rainbow Powerbait on a small treble hook.
“She catches five fairly quick and then sits there until I get my limit, if I am lucky enough,” he says.To fish Paradise Lake, go north on the Skyway to the traffic signal at Coutelenc Road just outside the town limits and follow the signs to the right.
Although both of these lakes are fairly small, they certainly provide the local outdoors people places to satisfy their fishing needs.All you need bring is a lawn chair, ice chest, landing net and your choice of tackle for a relaxing day.
Fins, Fur and Feathers specializes in tackle for all the waters in and out of the local area, so pay them a visit and get the latest tips and gear. They are located at the intersection of Skyway and Clark Road in Paradise. Call them at 530-876-8800.
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