Fishing Report for the week of 6/20/2012

Michael Condon
Staff Writer

“And finally, I fish not because I regard fishing as being terribly important, but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant, and not nearly so much fun.”

—John Volker

We have seen some late spring weather disturbances this year that have prolonged the spring fishing patterns. That has come to an end now that warm summer weather has settled in.

The surface water temperatures in many local lakes has crept up into the 60s. This will have the fish moving towards cooler water.

It’s time to start changing lake fishing strategies. Fish deeper and look for springs and cold water inlets.

Lake Almanor Team Trout and Salmon Tournament

Kokanee Power and the Almanor Fishing Association have teamed up to host the first Lake Almanor Team Trout and Salmon Derby July 7.

Personally, I am not a huge fan of fishing tournaments. To me, the notion of competition runs counter to everything I enjoy about fishing.

But I can get behind this tournament because the proceeds go right back into the lake.

The Almanor Fishing Association has a very successful trout rearing operation at Almanor. They have a great bunch of volunteers running the program. But the fish food can be expensive. The proceeds of this tournament will be used to purchase fish food to keep this incredible operation going. You can get all the tournament details at



The North Fork Feather is in good shape, according to Tom Maumoynier of Lake Almanor Fly Fishing Company. (Tom has the most complete fly shop in the county. Stop by and see him on Main Street in Old Town Chester.)

Tom says that nymphs are working best. Golden stoneflies are hatching in the evenings.

Deer Creek is also fishing well. Nymphs are the best bet in the morning. There has been a good mayfly hatch late in the afternoon.

Mill Creek is still off-color.

Yellow Creek to the west of Almanor is one of the most beautiful streams around. The upper creek is a classic spring creek and always challenging to fish. Hopper patterns work well in the meadow section on breezy days. A stealthy approach is very important.

Once Yellow Creek leaves the valley, it becomes a typical freestone creek. The usual caddis and mayfly patterns produce well in this section.


Butt Lake

The fishing pressure is light, but fishing is good for both trout and bass. The powerhouse has been running. White jigs or pond smelt imitations are good bets in the powerhouse inlet. Fishing is best at dusk.


Lake Almanor

The fishing at Almanor has slowed a bit. Insect hatches are abundant and fish are still scattered through both basins of the lake according to Doug Neal of Almanor Fishing Adventures. Patient anglers are still catching some nice fish.

Doug recommends Speedy Shiners or threaded crawlers behind Strike Master Dodgers.

I fished Almanor a few evenings ago and I did see a few Hexagenia hatching. Look for the hatch to pick up over the next couple of weeks.


Lake Davis

The fishing remains good at Lake Davis. Anglers are catching lots of fat rainbows mostly in the 14- to 18-inch range. Damselfly and blood midge imitations are the hot flies.

The west side of the lake is producing the most fish. Needlefish and Sockeye Slammers are the hot lures.

Check with folks at J&J Grizzly Store and Camping Resort (832-0270) for current conditions.


Frenchman Lake

Recent winds have kept anglers off the lake so fishing reports are scarce this week.

The few anglers that were out did well at Turkey Point and near the damn. Anglers reported catching catfish as well as some very nice rainbows.

Call Wiggins Trading Post (993-4683) for the most up-to-date information.


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