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Fine fishing in the fall at Almanor

By Mari Erin Roth

Special to Plumas News

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Lake Almanor

Thanks to Almanor Fishing Association and John Crotty for providing these current details

Fall is finally in the air in Plumas County. Nighttime temps are dipping into the 30s and daytime highs are in the low 80s. Surface temps reached a high of 66 degrees over the weekend of Sept. 20. As water temps continue to recede fish will migrate out of the deeper water in search of food. Pond smelt remains the diet of choice and they can be found throughout the water column.

“As fish become more active you can target them either fast or slow; hardware at 2.7-3 mph and crawlers and gulps at 1 mph are both catching fish,” said Crotty. “Fish remain scattered throughout the water column. With the cooling temps you can expand your trolling area into shallower water as well.”

The Canyon Dam boat ramp is open; the dock needs to be moved but you can launch. The smoky haze has dissipated and conditions change daily based upon wind. “If you are bank fishing Hamilton Branch remains your only option, bass fishing remains slow and there has been minimal pressure from fly fishermen,” said Crotty.

Construction work continues on all roadways leading to Almanor with one way controlled traffic 24/7 on highway 36 at Goodrich Creek as Caltrans replaces the bridge over the creek and widens the road over Fredoyner Pass expect delays up to a half hour for the next few weeks. Boat traffic has dropped significantly over the past week and water level is unseasonably low.

The Almanor Fishing Association received fish food for the 2020-2021 pen season. Fish will arrive sometime around the end of October at which time Almanor Fishing Association volunteers will begin feeding fish daily through the winter. Past volunteer feeders should have received an email from fish pen coordinator, Brett Hurff. Any interested persons who would like to lend a hand to assist in the program can reach coordinators via email to [email protected] or by calling 284-0861.

Send your fishing stories and pictures to [email protected] for inclusion in this regular article.

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