Fishing tops outdoor spring sports for weather but not necessarily bite

Lake Davis
Jeanne Graham at J&J Grizzly Store said Saturday, June 19, is set for the Father’s Day Fishing Derby. The long-awaited event is on the calendar and permitting is in the works.
For the Lake Davis Annual Spring Fishing Derby categories include Adult, Junior (under 16), and Dad and Me. Trophies, cash prizes, and 2022 entry will be awarded in each category. There will be tagged fish bounties and a prize drawing. All proceeds benefit Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Protection District. “Derby headquarters” is J&J’s Grizzly Store and Camping Resort, 7552 Lake Davis Road, Lake Davis, Portola.
Registration is open until 8 p.m. June 18, at J&J’ Grizzly Store or on June 19 in the morning before the derby. For more information contact Jeanne, 832-0270.
Lake Almanor
The bite on Almanor remains tough; insects remain the diet of choice with prolific hatches going off daily. Add a couple of ant hatches and these fish have no reason to chase a meal. “The fish we are catching are fat, healthy and red hot,” said John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association. “On calm days you can see fish (lots of fish) grabbing insects on the surface as the insect hatches subside the bite will improve.”
He continued, “I was on the water five days this past week, there was no rhyme or reason to baits/speeds, we mixed up gear based upon weather conditions. When the winds are mild I go slow, 1-1.3 mph with crawlers, when the wind picks up I change to hardware and speed up, 2.5-3 mph and like most boats on Almanor at least one of the rods will have red/gold speedy shiner on it. Arctic Fox or Jay Fair trolling flies at 1.5-2 mph also caught a few fish with Olive my top choice. We caught a couple of fish top lining a fly on our fifth rod right off the back of the boat. My set back’s are running between 80-150’ depending on winds and baits and I have been altering depths attempting to find some type of pattern.” Most boats are targeting fish on the north/west section of the lake.
The bass are bedding up, there have been reports of a number of four plus pound smallies caught. Bank fishing remains tough with Hamilton Branch a fishermans best shot.
The USFS opened the Almanor West boat ramp on last Friday. Lake level is still on the rise yet remains at near record lows for this time of year. There is no precipitation forecast for the next seven days, it looks like we could see 80 for the first time this year, afternoon winds can make for difficult conditions.
Related to Almanor fishing
The Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce is holding Town Hall meetings at Memorial Hall in Chester, beginning Monday, May 10, and continuing the first Monday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. On May 10 the meeting will focus on Lake Almanor, an update on PG&E’s re-licensing effort, and a discussion of actions to be taken to protect the cold waters of the lake.