Compiled by Mari Erin Roth
Winter has arrived early in Plumas County. This past weekend’s storm, while not the mega storm as predicted, did drop 2-plus feet of snow at lake level over the past four days. It will take a couple of days for locals to dig out and clear snow from roads, driveways, and boat ramps before fishing resumes on Almanor. While there is no precipitation in the 10-day forecast, it is going to be cold, with daytime highs in the low 30s and overnight lows will mark in the single digits. “Water temperature at the fish pens today was 39 degrees,” said John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association.
As winter progresses, access to shore fishing and boat launching will be limited at best. The USFS has not cleared snow from the Canyon Dam boat ramp. If/when the Canyon Dam ramp is cleared and accessible there should be fish in the south basin around the dam for trollers and in the coves around the dam for shore anglers.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank AFA feeders and volunteers for their dedication to our fish pen program,” said Crotty. “Our fish pen program is recognized as the longest running, most successful fish pen program in the state; weather has been and will be a major obstacle for our feeders.” Over the past 38 years AFA feeders have shoveled snow from docks and pens during and after every winter storm Lake Almanor has seen. It is not uncommon to have all hands-on deck to assist with snow removal. “Thanks to all of our volunteers for your continued efforts,” said Crotty, “and as always thank you to AFA Vice President and fish pen coordinator Brett Hurff.”