Going fishing? Be prepared for plenty of snow

Compiled by Mari Erin roth

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Lake Almanor

This past week 3-plus feet of snow fell at lake level. County and Caltrans crews are struggling to keep up with the onslaught of snow. Lake level continues to rise, up another foot since last week.

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“As the storms subside, we will see a significant drop in temps with day time highs in the low 30s and overnight lows in the single digits,” said John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association. “Water temps continue to drop; we saw 35 at the fish pens on Christmas Day and 36 the day after.”

The storms have most boats and shore fishermen off the water. The Canyon Dam boat ramp, which was opened a few weeks ago, is now closed due to snow. “It appears that for the first time in memory, the USFS has made no provisions for snow removal, basically shutting down the only public boat ramp on Lake Almanor,” said Crotty.  “The Forest Service has completely dropped the ball and closed Lake Almanor to boaters that don’t have access to private launch ramps.”

Travel to Almanor is difficult at best. Hwy. 32 from Chico was closed Dec. 26th for a short period of time and the usual hour-and-a-half trip from Chico took up to six hours. Chains or four-wheel drives with studded snow tires are a must for travel this time of year, and if travelers are hauling a trailer, carry chains for your trailer as well. “Plumas Tire in Chester can handle all your tire/chain needs and they are proud supporters of AFA,” said Crotty.