Dec. 7 marks another week with no significant changes to weather, fishing or road conditions. Water temp is around the mid-40s, visibility is 5-8’, and water level is unchanged. Dry mild weather is expected for at least the next seven days with lows in the 2’s and highs in the upper 40s, like all of California we need some weather.
Fish continue to feed on pond smelt, “ …where you find bait you will find fish and they can be caught fast or slow trolling with flies, hardware or gulps, said John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association. “The biters are hanging out at the 10-15’ mark in water from 20-40’ deep. You can start trolling right off the Canyon Dam ramp and fish either the East or West shorelines.”
Bank fishing around the dam is producing some smaller fish; spinners, kastmasters and flies will all catch fish. Hamilton Branch is kicking out a few fish as well with bait the top producer. The Branch doesn’t get much sun this time of year, the trails are frozen and slick. The Canyon Dam boat ramp still remains open.
Plumas County remains under the purple (COVID) rating with a stay at home order in place from the Governor. Further information is available on the Plumas County website as well as regular updates posted here on Plumasnews.com.
A seasonal reminder, Almanor Fishing Association invites readers and fishermen to support the group during their annual membership drive. “AFA has the longest running, most successful, fish pen program in the state,” said Crotty. “We currently have 60,000 fish (50,000 rainbows, 10,000 Browns) in our pens and our dedicated volunteers are feeding 80 pounds of food a day regardless of the weather.”
The group welcomes new members and begin their 2021 membership drive soon. Interested persons may find information online or join at Almanorfishingassociation.org. Their mailing address is Almanor Fishing Association PO BOX 1938, Chester, CA 96020. “Thank you for your support,” said Crotty.
The “Maybe Ice Derby” is scheduled for Feb. 13, said Jeanne Graham of J&J Grizzly Store. The Father’s Day Weekend Derby is planned for June 19.
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