Almanor Fishing Report


April 8, 2018

The recent storms dropped over two and a half inches of rain here at lake level. Hamilton Branch and the Super Ditch are bringing in lots of muddy and the lake is on the rise. Water surface temps which were on the rise have settled and fluctuated between 41.5 to 48 degrees this past week. With more unsettled weather on the way you can expect the trend to continue. We are forecast to receive some cooling temps with a chance of snow later this week. We experienced some high winds which dirtied lake edges and deposited some large sized debris in the water, be careful when motoring on the lake.

Fishing has been good this past week when weather allowed, good numbers just no large fish (5+). We caught the Almanor Slam (Rainbow, Brown, Salmon & Smallie) on two occasions with one 17” smallie in the mix.  We caught a few fat hard fighting salmon with one approaching 3 pounds. The salmon have been in great shape this year and are a blast to catch as are the Smallies. While we are targeting Smallies we have managed to pick up two or three each trip this past week while trolling, there seems to be a large crop this year with some real fatties out there.

We continue to fast troll, fishing lake edges in water to 25’ deep, we will have two downrigger rods staggered between 5 & 12 feet and two lead cores between 8-11 feet. When the fish are feeding, and weather allows we have caught fish along the East Shore, Peninsula, West Shore and the North end of the lake. No rhyme or reason just pounding the edges. Bank fishing pressure was light this past week and most likely will remain so until the weather settles. Rapalas, Speedy Shiners and Artic Fox trolling flies continue to be my top producers.

The California Fish & Wildlife is performing angler surveys on Almanor and could use our help. If you fish Almanor and are interested in assisting, please contact me @530-284-0861 or by e-mail at These surveys assist CF&W in planning future plant’s and are a vital ingredient in the process.


The Almanor Fishing Association

P.O. Box 1938
Chester, California 96020


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