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Fishing cast aside in favor of snow removal at Almanor

Compiled by Mari Erin Roth

Lake Almanor

Stormy weather, snow and rain, icy docks, snow-packed boat launch, and that’s about it on the fishing report. It is all about the weather when fishermen want to get on the water and winter weather continues to dominate Lake Almanor. Plumas County has been under a flood watch, winter storm warning and high wind watch the beginning of this week. Thursday, there was a (short) break in the weather before the next series of storms begins. This week’s storms dropped more rain than snow at lake level and snow melt is finally entering into Almanor. That said, lake level is up less than a foot over the past two months, currently sitting at 4481.77. The high-water mark in 2022 was 4484.39 which occurred in late May.

Fishing has taken a back seat to snow as many locals are removing snow from roofs. Building code requires roofs meet a 100-pound snow load rating. Many shallow pitched roofs have accumulated six feet or more of snow. The current rain has soaked into the snow and added significant weight to the already stressed roofs.

Travel to and from Plumas County remains challenging, four-wheel drive or chains may be required at any time, Highway 70 remains closed, and you can expect delays on all roads leading to Lake Almanor.

Veteran’s fishing day June 24

However, the pages of the calendar continue to turn with each morning the sun rises and spring is coming whether we can see the light at the end of the tunnel or not. And on the horizon, just after spring comes to Lake Almanor, will be the Veterans Fishing Day hosted by Almanor Fishing Association, Saturday, June 24. The event is hosted by Almanor Fishing Association, Lake Almanor Country Club, Field of Dreams, Chester Elks Lodge, guides, and anglers who want to show their appreciation to Veterans by providing them with a day of fishing and a BBQ. Sign up for Veterans to participate began this month, February. All Captains and Veterans are encouraged to sign up early to ensure a spot. Captains and Veterans can call Deb (707) 845-2493 to reserve a spot.


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