Compiled by Mari Erin Roth
Sports Writer [email protected]
There has been little change since last week; lake level increased fractionally, clarity and temps are unchanged. Bailey Creek has slowed to a trickle while Hamilton Branch and the Feather River are at seasonal flows. There is a slight chance of rain later this week that shouldn’t impact travel or fishing.
Both US Forest Service public ramps remained closed and it appears all of the hazardous trees at Canyon Dam have been removed. “I am not sure what the holdup is at this point,” said Canyon Dam local and Almanor Fishing Association volunteer John Crotty. “The closure of public boat launch access to Almanor is a hardship to fishermen and our local small businesses.”
Highway 70 through the Canyon is closed indefinitely at this time and all other roads leading to Almanor are open with minor delays.
Fish remain scattered throughout the lake and water column. Pick your preferred fishing method and cover ground is what Crotty suggests. “Find the bait to find fish; the fish caught are in great shape and hard fighting,” said Crotty.
Fish are beginning to show up in the coves around the dam, and bank fishermen are picking up a few fish. “Crawlers and power bait are your best bet for bait and wiggle tails (green) for the fly fishermen,” offers Crotty. “Shore fishing has been light at Hamilton Branch.”