Still fishing season at Lake Almanor

Compiled by Mari Erin Roth

Lake Almanor

John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association provided lake and fishing details Dec. 20. Happy Holidays John and thanks for another year of fishing tips and information.

Lake level has risen slightly over the past week and there is finally some snow on the ground.  Forecasts predict a slight chance of snow Monday night into Tuesday with chances of snow towards the end of the week as well.

Daytime temps have been mild reaching into the 40s and nighttime lows dipping into the high teens. Water temp and clarity remain unchanged from last week’s report.

“Fishing pressure has been light, I fished yesterday and we did well, landing a nice mix of Browns and Bows,” said Crotty. “We did catch a dozen of the recently planted Browns. The Browns were planted at Canyon Dam and we caught them all the way up to Dorado Inn.” They are between 8 and 10 inches long and in great shape. Crotty and team also caught a few larger fish, hot orange Arctic Fox trolling flies, 15’ on the wire at 1.5 mph was his top producer. Rapalas and gulps (pond smelt) also picked up a few fish. “We started at the dam and trolled along the east shore fishing up to Dorado catching fish the entire way,” said Crotty.

Bank fishing the coves around the dam is producing mostly smaller fish, with an occasional adult. There needs to be a change in the weather to motivate bigger fish to move into the coves. Power bait and crawlers are the top producers.

Roadways are clear and the Canyon Dam boat ramp is open and the dock is in place. The ramp can be slick when multiple boats are launching in the early morning. The restrooms are open; there is no garbage service at the ramp.

Lake Davis

An annual fundraiser takes place each winter for local fire stations and firemen. The hope is always that it will be an ice fishing derby, but ice or no, the event takes place at Lake Davis.

An abundance of gifts are donated each year for an extravaganza giveaway that takes place in the afternoon after the fish weigh-ins are winding up. Generally, there is a tasty BBQ to reward fishermen for a great day out fishing along the banks or on top of the ice, whichever Mother Nature provides.

The “Maybe Ice Derby” is scheduled for Feb. 13, said Jeanne Graham of J&J Grizzly Store, the location of all the fun up at Lake Davis. The Father’s Day Weekend Derby is planned for June 19.

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