Insect hatches provide plenty of food for fish on Lake Almanor

Compiled by Mari Erin Roth
Lake Almanor
While lake level continues to rise, the rate of increase has slowed significantly the past week. The lake level sits at 4484.25, which is approximately a foot higher than last year on the same date. The weather has stabilized, and lake lovers are beginning to see water surface temperatures reach sixty degrees, toasty. A variety of insect hatches are taking place and fish continue to gorge on bugs. Dry mild weather is headed this way with daytime highs reaching seventy degrees and nighttime lows in the forties.
As is typical for spring, fish remain scattered and catching has been inconsistent at best. “I have been fast trolling hardware in the northwest section of the lake, between the tip of the peninsula and Prattville North,” said John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association. “There are boats slow trolling plastics and crawlers in this area as well. All the fish we caught were in the top fifteen’ of the water column, red/gold and red/dot frog were our top producers.”
Bass fishermen are catching quality fish up to five pounds. White GitZits have been the bait of choice. Shore fishermen are catching fish at the branch.
Now that winter is over, roadworkers are transitioning to the next season of construction. Travelers can expect delays on most roads leading to Lake Almanor for at least the next few months. Canyon Dam remains the only useable public ramp. It will be busy with Memorial Day. “I have heard mixed reports on when the USFS will open the Almanor West ramp,” said Crotty. Well we can hope.