Almanor Fishing Report


Oct. 14, 2018

Lows in the high20’s coupled with cooler days are contributing to water temps dropping to the high 50’s. Lake level continues to recede and visibly changes throughout the lake ranging from 5-15’. Our mornings have been cold, and our afternoons have been spectacular, October is my favorite time of year especially in Plumas County (regardless of your outdoor activity now is a great time to visit).

Fishing pressure is light in the morning, picking up as the sun hits the water. Almanor is full of pond smelt as are the fish, keep a look out for sea gulls picking up floating smelt on the surface and you will find fish. Over the past week we have been switching up between fast and slow, depending upon how fish decide to react for the day. When slow trolling, Gulps and crawlers at one mph will produce fish. Speedy shiners, rapalas and flies have (at times) produced fish trolling between 2.2-2.8 mph in 15-40’ of water.  Trolling depths are changing daily as well, we targeted fish in the top 20’ early and moved deeper as the sun gets on the water.

Fly fishermen are beginning to pick up fish in the coves, the majority of the fish caught are smaller with an occasional larger fish thrown in the mix.

Sadly, Mary and Tom have closed the doors at the Chester Fly shop and Thirsty Trout pub. Both local landmarks that provided information to fishermen and visitors alike. Tom and Mary are good friends, they will be missed. Intermountain Hardware does carry flies and fly fishing supplies and Mark Guillory of NorCal Bait & Tackle purchased Tom’s flies Artic Fox trolling flies and Jay Fair flies (both favorites of trollers on Almanor and Eagle) are available at

The bridge replacement project at the Canyon Dam spillway is complete with no road restrictions. Both public boat ramps are open with docks in place.



The Almanor Fishing Association

P.O. Box 1938
Chester, California 96020


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