Fish Bits: Cold but good fishing

Compiled by Mari Erin Roth
Lake Almanor
Lake level is up another third of a foot since last week and we woke up to four inches of snow March 5. Over the weekend the weather was clear and cold, with only a slight chance of rain in the forecast for next Saturday, March 12. Water temps warmed into the low forties earlier in the week dropping back into the high 30’s this past weekend. Spring is in the air. Bailey Creek, Hamilton Branch and the North Fork of the Feather are all depositing large volumes of water into Almanor.
“The snow at lake level will be gone in a couple of days,” said John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association. Shore fishermen are catching fish at Hamilton Branch and in the coves around the dam.
“I have seen a couple of shore anglers along the causeway East of Chester as well.” said Crotty. Trollers continue to target fish in the south end of the lake. “As water temperatures rise, and we begin to see insect hatches both fish and anglers will migrate to the north/west section of the lake,” he added. “The bite has been good early slowing when the sun gets on the water. You will need to alter baits, speeds, and depths to find a pattern, the bite changes daily.” The Canyon Dam boat ramp is open and useable.
All major roadways leading to Almanor are clear. There are delays on Hwy 89 from the junction at the Hwy 89/70 wye through Greenville as road construction continues. Travelers are advised to use caution if traveling through the canyon as there are large volumes of big rigs hauling debris down the hill. And more than ever, keep an eye out for falling or recently fallen rocks, expect the unexpected.