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Fish continue to stay cool in deeper water at Almanor

Compiled by Mari Erin Roth

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Lake level is 4480.96, just fractionally higher than last year on the same date. After a week of warm weather water temperature is at 75 degrees. Thunderstorms continue in the forecast and there were storms today, Aug. 1. Saturday evening, July 30, the peninsula received eight tenths of an inch of rain while other areas of the lake received no precipitation. The rain was welcomed by most, except the more than 500 people who attended the Almanor Fishing Association annual picnic. According to Jim and Toni Pleau, “This is the first time in the 29-year history of the event that we saw rain.” The event went on and was a successful fundraiser in spite of the weather.

Fish continue to seek refuge from the heat in deeper water and around springs. Slow trolling plastics and crawlers remain the top choice for trollers. Big Springs, Rec # 2, Dorado, the A-frame, and the East Shore are all good places to start the fishing day. Fish are stacking up at Hamilton Branch, fly and bank fishermen are catching quality fish early in the morning and late in the evening.

Road construction continues on all roads leading to Almanor and travelers can expect delays. All area campgrounds and RV parks are open and both public boat ramps are open. It’s hard to believe it is August 1st, this year has gone by quickly. Fall is right around the corner and temperatures will start dropping by the end of August. There will be less traffic on the water and if fishermen haven’t already planned a fall trip to Almanor, now would be a good time. “Plumas County is spectacular any season, fall is my favorite and fishing will only improve,” said John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association. “I would like to offer a special thank you to all of the volunteers that made our 2022 Founders Family Picnic such a success, after two years of having to cancel the picnic, a torrential downpour did not deter us or dampen our enthusiasm 2022 will not be forgotten.”

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