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Cold weather still impacting Lake Almanor

Compiled by Mari Erin Roth

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Lake Almanor

The recent cold, wet, windy weather has slowed the bite on Almanor. Lake water level is up over a foot and a half in the past seven days and sits at 4487.77. This is beyond last year’s high-water mark of 4484.39 which was achieved on May 31, 2022. Water temperatures have dipped back down to the low 50s. Water clarity is fluctuating throughout the lake as wind and tributaries add color. A warming trend is predicted to take place over the next seven days with insects hatching and fish beginning to feed aggressively.

Hamilton Branch continues to deposit large volumes of dirty water into Almanor as does the Super Ditch, Bailey Creek, and the Feather River. Shore fishing remains difficult at best and the recent winds haven’t helped. The coves around Canyon Dam are the best shot at catching fish from shore. Fishing should improve as Hamilton Branch begins to clear, and the Causeway is worth a shot when conditions allow.

“Trolling was good early in the week and a struggle later as our weather deteriorated,” reported John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association. “Trolling hardware and Rapalas at 2.5 mph and crawlers/plastics at 1 mph (when winds allowed) caught fish. We are catching a mix of browns and bows (75% browns) with an occasional smallie thrown in the mix.” Crotty reports having caught a fat 5-plus pound female small mouth May 6 that was in spectacular shape while fast trolling. Insects will be the diet of choice as temperatures rise. No pond smelt have been spotted in weeks.

The campgrounds remain closed. Canyon Dam is the only usable public boat ramp. RVs are starting to show up along the east shore. All the snow is gone at lake level on the east side of the lake. There are still large snow drifts on the West Shore. “If you are looking to park your RV this summer, Will Meyers has purchased the Whispering Pines RV Park in Canyon Dam and he is open for business,” said Crotty. “Will has rebuilt the infrastructure and was able to save some of the trees and landscaping.” A name change came with the rebuild and is now called Canyon Ranch RV. They are taking both long- and short-term rentals, 774-3869.


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