Compiled by Mari Erin Roth
Lake level continues to inch upward. The lake is currently sitting at 4476.3’ (20’ from full). It appears the high pressure is going to soften and some much needed rain and snow will fall later this week. Water temps hover around the 45-degree mark and visibility remains about 5-10’.
There is no change on boat launching. Both USFS public ramps are closed, but Plumas Pines is still allowing launching at their facility.
Fishing remained good this past week with an even mix of Browns and Bows caught. Boat pressure has been light. “We fished in water between 40-50’ deep and caught fish between 20-35’ deep on the wire,” said John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association. “I continue to slow troll gulps and crawlers at 1 mph with a 60’ set back.” The East Shore, Big Cove and the East side of the Peninsula are all holding fish.
Shore fishermen are targeting their efforts around the coves of Canyon Dam with mixed results. If the area gets some of the predicted winter weather, shore fishing should improve.
Hazardous tree removal continues along Highways 36 and 89 and agencies are cleaning properties in Greenville and Canyon Dam. A word of caution: there is lots of truck traffic in and out of Plumas County.
“There are fish in the water and the water is wet,” said Jason Morrison up at Goodwin’s General Store. “There are a lot of people heading up to fish at Frenchman. They are catching fish 12-24” and we are selling a lot of worms and PowerBait.”
The weather is cloudy and cold, with rain expected. Goodwin’s General Store is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 7 days a week, that’s easy to remember. They have freshly made sandwiches, barbeque, fudge made yesterday, chicken tenders, soups, potatoes and a wide variety of coffees. If the fishing fails, at least folks can have great snacks!
The lake is not frozen. The campground is open. Reservations are highly recommended. Kayaks, fishing boats and fishing licenses are available. J & J Grizzly Store is open weekends: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Honker Cove is open.
The road up is clear from both directions although a few turns are a tad icy. The fish are biting, nice-sized, and there is plenty of room on the lake. Shore fishing may take awhile to hook up but the rewards are worth the effort. Bucks Lodge is open weekends for hot coffee, food, drink and fishing supplies.