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Bad bite, but good fish to be had at Almanor

Compiled by Mari Erin Roth

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Lake Almanor

Lake level continues to rise slowly and is currently sitting at 4480.60. Rain fell yesterday, March 14 and 15, and there is a chance of additional weather next weekend. Winds have made slow trolling difficult, and it looks like the wind will be with us for at least a couple more days. Water temps start out each morning in the high 30’s.


“I did see surface temps in the mid-forties Friday afternoon,” reported John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association. With the rising water temps the bite around the dam has slowed as fish are migrating around the lake. “The bite has been tough this past week while the grade of fish is exceptional,” said Crotty. “We have been moving around the lake switching presentations, searching for fish and adjusting to weather conditions.”


Fish are scattered throughout the lake and throughout the water column. “Pick your poison, hardware, plastics, crawlers and flies will all catch fish when you find them,” said Crotty. “There were a few bass fishermen out over the weekend, that bite is slow at best.” Bank fishermen are catching fish at Hamilton Branch and in the coves around the dam.



Canyon Dam is the only accessible public boat ramp. All the roadways leading to Plumas County are open and clear of snow; travelers can expect minor delays on Highways 89 and 70 through the Canyon.

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