Lake Almanor reaches high-water mark

Compiled by Mari Erin Roth

Lake Almanor

The Super Ditch and Bailey Creek have quit flowing. Hamilton Branch and the North Fork of the Feather have returned to a normal flow pattern for the end of June. Lake level is 4492.88 and appears to have reached its peak for 2023. The high-water mark for 2022 was hit on May 31. That high-level mark was 4484.39 which is 8.5 feet lower than the level reached already this year. Water temperatures are the same as they were last week, hovering in the mid-60’s.

The Hex Hatch is happening throughout the lake. Prolific hatches have not yet been seen but the warming trend expected this week could jump start the action. Fly anglers are catching fish along the west shore. The area between Prattville and Almanor West is receiving the most fishing pressure.

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Trollers continue to target their efforts around Red Bank. Warming weather should slow the bite as fish begin to seek sanctuary around springs and deeper water. Slow trolling crawlers, plastics and meal worms are the best options for catching quality fish. Boats on anchor are also catching fish with the Almanor Cocktail (cricket meal worm combo) the preferred bait. Hamilton Branch is the best option for shore fishing.

“Summer has arrived at Lake Almanor, we will see our first 90-degree weather of the season this week,” said John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association. “Boat traffic is picking up. We all need to be diligent and patient when launching/retrieving boats and while on the water. Respect and common courtesy can go a long way towards making your experience on the water more enjoyable for you and your fellow boaters/anglers.”