John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association reported in Jan. 12. “Our mild weather continues here in Plumas County, we have received some dustings of snow over the past few weeks as temperatures ranged between the low 20s to low 40s. Lake level continues to drop and most of the ice that was forming along the edges and the North end of the lake has melted. Water temps are fluctuating around the 40-degree mark.
“We are expecting a series of winter storms to drop up to 30 inches of snow at lake level over the next week which will make for tough driving and launching conditions. The Canyon Dam public ramp is plowed as time allows, it may take a couple of days for equipment to clear the ramp and parking lot after a big storm, please call ahead if you are planning a trip to Almanor this time of year.
“I spent a few hours on the water yesterday; it was windy so we fast trolled from the boat ramp to Dorado catching two small rainbows. We marked a few schools of pond smelt and fish — the wind made for difficult fishing conditions. There were some fishermen targeting fish from shore and they had picked up a few quality Rainbows floating bait. The planted Brown bite has slowed around Canyon Dam.
“The high pressure that has monopolized Northern California for the past few weeks is departing and we could be playing catch-up with our yearly snow totals. We have chances of snow for the next six days with 20 inches forecast on Wednesday and Thursday combined. It might be a few weeks before we can get back on the water.”
Jeanne Graham of J&J Grizzly Store said the ice is thinning during the day due to the 45-degree temps and hard freezing at night. “I wouldn’t consider it safe myself,” said Jeanne. “A fisherman brought in a 4 1/2 pounder last week, but they had to work for it.” The John Pato Ice (or no ice) winter fishing derby will take place Saturday, Feb. 1.
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