Fishing has improved on Lake Almanor

Compiled by Mari Erin Roth

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As of Oct. 1, lake level at Almanor sat at 4475.98, approximately one foot less than last year (4476.86) on the same date. The lowest level in 2021 at Almanor was 4474.80 on Oct. 21. With no precipitation in the foreseeable future, lake levels will most likely drop below last year’s low.  The algal bloom continues to spread throughout the lake causing concern for boaters, fishermen, businesses, and residents of the Lake Almanor community. Water temperatures remain in the low to mid-60s.

Fishing improved over the past week. “We caught a mix of salmon, browns and rainbows slow trolling crawlers and plastics,” said John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association. “The majority of the fish we caught were in the top 20 feet of the water column; we were fishing on the East Shore in water from 30-40’ deep.” Crotty was running a 60’ set back and going between 3/4 and a mile per hour. There were guys fast trolling hardware in the same area and catching fish. “I did make a scouting run from the tip of the peninsula to Bailey Creek and did not mark any bait or fish,” said Crotty. The water at Bailey Springs was 6-8’ deep and four of the springs were depositing water into Almanor.

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“I spoke with Mark Pilgrim on Saturday and Mark continues to catch quality small mouths, in fact he managed a personal best twenty-three plus pound, five fish limit recently,” said Crotty. “Visit Mark’s Facebook page for more information.” Hamilton Branch remains the best shot at catching fish from shore.

“I launched my dual axle trailer at the public ramp in Canyon Dam this past week without issue, I recommend using the north side and taking it slow,” advised Crotty. Canyon Dam is the only public ramp available; Plumas Pines ramp is also available for a slight fee.