Still fishing at Lake Almanor

Compiled by Mari Erin Roth

Lake Almanor has risen eight-tenths of a foot over the past month and is currently sitting at 4478.65 which is approximately 6 feet below last year on the same date. Visibility remains unchanged and water temps are hovering around the 40 degree mark.

“We are expecting a series of warmer storms over the next week to drop more rain than snow at lake level,” said John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association. Remaining snow at lower elevations should be gone by the end of the week. Temps are predicted to range between the mid 20s and low 40s.

Fishing pressure remains light and fishing was slow this past week. “I did talk to a couple of guys fishing out of kayaks that caught fish off Rocky Point in 40 plus feet of water slow drifting night crawlers,” said Crotty. “I fished the coves around the dam yesterday with my fly rod and we saw one fish in two hours and no takers.”

An old-fashioned winter weather event is needed to get those fish migrating into the coves. Bank fishermen are picking up fish at Hamilton Branch on crawlers and power bait.

The Canyon Dam boat ramp is open and cleared of snow.

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