Compiled by Mari Erin Roth
Mild fall weather continues with daytime temperatures reaching into the 70s. Mornings are cool with frost on the pumpkin most mornings. The forecast is that the area will receive cooler weather this week, with a slight chance of rain/snow on Friday and Saturday.
The lake level continues to drop and is currently at 4477’ as compared to 4485’ last year on the same date. Numerous navigational hazards exist and boaters need to exercise caution. Clarity varies throughout the lake between 5-12 feet as water temps hover around the mid-50s.
“Fish are beginning to move into the coves with both bank and fly fishermen picking up some quality fish,” said John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association. “As temps drop and we see some winter storms shore fishing will improve.”
The full moon has slowed down the bite for trollers the past few days and fisherfolk have to work hard for a handful of fish. “All methods of trolling worked this past week, hardware fast, flies at 1.5-2 mph and gulps at 1 produced fat healthy bows and browns,” said Crotty. “Fish are migrating around the lake chasing pond smelt, we caught them on the east shore earlier in the week and off the Peninsula north to Bailey later in the week. I also heard reports of fish caught off the snag along the east shore and around Big Springs and Hamilton Branch. We caught the majority of our fish in the top fifteen feet of water in water to 30’ deep.”
Most of the seasonal businesses have closed around the lake as have all of the campgrounds. There are still traffic delays on Highway 36 over Fredoyner summit; that project will wrap up for the winter in the next week.
Thank you to Almanor Fishing Association’s John Crotty for providing fishing details for Almanor Nov. 3.
The Forest Service has closed the gate at Honker Cove boat ramp as of Nov. 1. Folks are petitioning with phone calls and emails to keep it open until it is closed, as it historically is, by snow.
Fishermen are catching early limits using wooly buggers down six feet and have the photos to prove it. There are still plenty of good days fishing at Davis.
Planning for the 2021 derbies has begun. Tentative dates are Feb. 13 for the Ice Derby and Father’s Day Weekend Derby June 19.
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