Fishermen willing to brave the elements can expect big rewards

Compiled by Mari Erin Roth

Lake Almanor

Last week produced some much needed snow in Northern California. Reports range from 2-3 ½ feet at lake level. The break between that and the next round of snow has passed and this round should last through the rest of the week. There is ice forming in the North/West section of the lake and water temps are in the high 30’s low 40’s. Lake level continues to inch up, sitting at 4477.1 as of the Winter Solstice, Dec. 21. There has been a slow but steady increase  since the season low of 4474.8 on Oct. 21.

Highway 70 was opened for a couple of days last week and has since closed again due to flooding and rock slides. Chain restrictions were in place for most of last week on many roads in Plumas County. Travelers can expect the same through at least Saturday. The Canyon Dam boat ramp remains the only public ramp available.

So that’s what is happening above water; let’s take a look at what is happening IN Lake Almanor for fishermen. Fishing pressure was minimal last week and folks can expect that trend to continue for the next few weeks. Bank fishermen are concentrating their efforts around the dam; the trail at Hamilton Branch is treacherous at best. Trollers willing to chance the elements can be rewarded with big fish this time of year.

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“When and if we get breaks in the weather, the East Shore, Dorado, Big Cove, A-Frame to Rec #1 and the towers off Prattville are all good places to begin your day,” said John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association.