Almanor Fishing Report


Dec. 9, 2018

Cold weather has water temps dropping almost daily. On Tuesday water temps ranged from 42.5 to 46 degrees. Ice is beginning to form on the north end of the lake by the highway 36 causeway. Water level is inching up slowly as well.

Fishing pressure remains light and most likely will remain so for a few weeks. I saw two other boats on the water on Tuesday. We picked up fish fast trolling hardware at 2.5-3 mph. We fished up North past Rec #2 in water between 12-20 feet deep. Fish were scattered throughout the water column, with fish hooked from 12’ deep to one on the surface. Our largest fish was a nice fat 4 ½ pound Rainbow. A few of the fish we caught had lost all of the copepods that we were finding earlier in the year.   Red/gold, red dot frog and copper worked for us.

We are expecting mild weather this week with day time highs in the low 40’s and overnight lows in the low 20’s. Ideal conditions for this time of year if you and your boat are properly equipped.
Fishermen are targeting fish in the coves, baits, flies and hardware all produced fish this past week.

Highway 32, 36 and 70 are open, we do have snow predicted this next week with little to no accumulation, you may still encounter chain restrictions over the passes. On roads that don’t receive any sun ice can also be a problem.  The canyon dam boat launch is open and plowed with a dock in place.



The Almanor Fishing Association

P.O. Box 1938
Chester, California 96020


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