Almanor Fishing Report


June 10, 2018

ROAD CLOSURE UPDATE: The one-way light-controlled diversion road at the Canyon Dam bridge replacement project is working great. The lights are responsive and make for quick travel.

Lake Almanor remains full, water continues to lap up on the black top at the Canyon dam boat launch. With the unseasonably high-water level you will find debris on the water, with a few larger chunks of wood occasionally popping up throughout the lake. Water temp is hovering around the 65-degree mark and my downrigger ball disappears around 15’.

Fishing was good this past week with reports of fish being caught throughout the lake in a variety of methods. Fishermen fast trolling, slow trolling and on anchor have been picking up quality fish. We fished five days and caught fish slow trolling (.8-1.1 mph) crawlers and Gulps, fish are scattered throughout the water column. The majority of fishing pressure is taking place on the North end of the lake from the tip of the peninsula to Prattville North.  Just look for the fleet and you will find fish. Catching them is not always so easy, especially when you are competing with 30 plus boats. 

The bass have moved off the beds and holding in deeper water. I spoke with a bass fishermen who fished on Saturday and he caught a 10 ½ # pound limit and finished in 6th place in a small club tourney. The winning boat ended up with a twelve-and-a-half-pound bag. Crank baits and tube baits both produced fish.

Fly fishermen are gearing up for the Hex Hatch which should be starting any day now. Whether you fly fish or not the Hex Hatch is a sight to behold, when conditions are ripe birds and fish of all species feast on thousands of hatching Hex’s each evening in a feeding frenzy.  If you want up to date information on the Hex and this years preferred flies, contact Tom Maumoynier at the Lake Almanor Fly Fishing Company @ 530-258-3944.

With the high water, bank fishing is difficult at best, Geritol Cove has access and would be the best place to start, Hamilton Branch could also produce fish. The Almanor Fishing Association has opened the restrooms at the Hamilton Branch access area and there are picnic tables available as well.

(The picture is of Tammi Reynolds of Fortuna California, Tammi caught this beautiful Lake Almanor Rainbow slow trolling a crawler off the tip of Rec #2 in 45' of water)



The Almanor Fishing Association

P.O. Box 1938
Chester, California 96020


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