Fish are stacking up at the Branch but catching can be difficult

Compiled by Mari Erin Roth

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This past week overnight temperatures dropped into the low 40s with daytime temperatures reaching into the mid-80s at Lake Almanor. There will be an increase in both daytime and nighttime temperatures this coming week, with highs in the 90s and lows in the 60s. Water temperatures remain in the low to mid-70s and water level continues to drop.

Hamilton Branch is the go-to for bank fishermen with fly fishermen having the greatest success. Fish are stacking up at the branch and while you can see them, catching can be difficult. It is definitely an early morning/late evening show. Trollers continue to target fish in deeper water with fish scattered throughout the water column early, going deeper as the sun comes up.

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“We caught fish slow trolling plastics and crawlers early this week and when the bite died, we switched over to hardware, moved out into deeper water and caught a nice mix of bows and browns,” said John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association. “That bite died around 9:30 a.m.”

Crotty and his fishing pal were in water to 50 feet deep. They were fishing 30-40’ deep on the wire with a 125’ set back. “Red/gold at 35’ was our top producer,” said Crotty. “We thought we were onto something, went back the next day and did not get a touch.” Big Springs, East Shore, Rec #2 are all good places to start the day. “While slow trolling remains the best shot at catching fish, do not be afraid to mix it up if/when the slow bite isn’t getting it done,” said Crotty.

USFS boat ramps are open as are the area campgrounds. Travelers can expect minor traffic delays when traveling to Plumas County.