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Glimpses of spring brought out the anglers

Compiled by Mari Erin Roth

The Lake Almanor Community has received more than 20 feet of snow this winter with reports exceeding 22 feet on the West Shore.  It appears there will be a couple more feet added to that total this week. This week’s winter storm warning runs through tomorrow, Wednesday, includes chances of snow through Friday.  Lake level is up fractionally as cold weather continues to slow snow melt.

Fishermen have enjoyed a couple of short glimpses of spring and when there is a break in the weather, anglers are eager to hit the water. Trolling has been difficult at best as bank fishermen stand a better chance of catching fish. Conditions at the branch have improved and the coves around the dam are producing fish. Water temps are in the mid-30s and the fish are not anxious to play.

“We will once again be moving snow this week instead of fishing and travel into Plumas County will be challenging,” said John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association. “What a difference a year makes, last year our golf courses were preparing for an April 1st opening; this year we have multiple feet of snow on the ground with more on the way.”

This season’s weather has certainly impacted the Almanor community, anglers, and fishing. “As we prepare for spring and summer with (hopefully) many of you planning that epic fishing trip to Almanor the big question remains how will the cold wet winter impact our spring and summer fishing,” said Crotty. “Forty-degree water temps typically get the fish feeding, the last few years we saw 40-degrees in early March, when we see 40 this year is a guess at best.”

For fly anglers, the third week in June is typically a great time to spend some time on Almanor fishing the famous Hex Hatch. “I am cautiously optimistic our winter will be over soon, we will finally see 50-degree weather and by the time June comes around, all will be well on Lake Almanor and there will be Hexagina’s hatching along the shoreline of Lake Almanor,” said Crotty.


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