Henry Winkler, aka the “Fonz” of Happy Days fame, when asked what attracted him to fly-fishing, answered, “Fishing is like a washing machine for the brain.” If you have to think long and hard about what that means, you probably need to go fishing.
Whether you really need to go fishing, or just want to go fishing, here are some great local options to consider:
Trolling has been good on the north end and east side of the lake. Productive lures are the Tasmanian Devil, Rooster Tails, Needlefish and Dick Nites.
The most successful flies are mayflies, Woolly Buggers in green or black prince nymphs, pheasant tails and different leeche patterns. Call Wiggins Trading Post for the most current information (993-4683).
Doug Neal of Almanor Fishing Adventures reports catching fish from Rocky Point to the Fox Farm trolling Sep’s Strike Master Dodgers with a night crawler 18 – 20 inches behind the dodger. Dodgers and crawlers, Speedy Shiners and Needlefish are all catching fish.
The east basin of the lake is the place to be for salmon and trout. The west side is warming up a lot, and that is where the bass bite is picking up as well. There have been reports of smallmouth bass up to 4 pounds, which is very large for Almanor.
Tom Maumoynier of Lake Almanor Fishing Company in Chester reports that a few Hexagenia mayflies are starting to hatch. These large mayflies are a big draw for trout, salmon and smallmouth bass as well as anglers. The best action is on the west shore in the evening.
Even if the adults are not hatching in big numbers, Hexagenia nymph imitations and Woolly Buggers in brown and burnt orange will produce when fished deep.
Damselflies and blood midges are hatching. Fly anglers are having success with damsel imitations, pheasant tail nymphs, sheep creek nymphs, blood midge pupae imitations, Woolly Buggers and Jay Fair Wiggle Tail nymphs.
The best results have been on the west side of the lake from Eagle Point up to Freeman Creek.
Bank anglers are also doing well using night crawlers or PowerBait in a variety of colors.
Eagle Point, Catfish Cove, Coot Bay and Fairview Point are all productive locations .
Some catfish are also starting to bite.
Trolling anglers are doing best north of the big island. Popular lures are Dick Nites Copper Red Heads, Sockeye Slammers in fire tiger color, or Rainbow Runners in red or green. Needlefish in fire tiger, metallic perch or red dot frog are also catching fish.
For the most up-to-date information, call J&J Grizzly Store and Camping Resort at 832-0270.