Compiled by Mari Erin Roth
Lake Almanor received another (much-needed) dose of rain this past weekend; every little bit helps. Lake level has begun to drop for the first time in months. Water temperature continues to hover around the 60-degree mark and visibility ranges between 7-14’. “We will start to see a warm up later this week with daytime highs reaching into the high 80s” said John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association.
The bite remains inconsistent for trollers while weather and water temperatures remain unstable. Trout are scattered and there have been reports of fish caught on the East Shore, West shore off Rocky Point, Rec 1 to the A-Frame, and off Red Bank. “I still have not seen any signs of the hex hatch on Almanor,” said Crotty who predicts, “we are still a week or two away.” Trollers need to pick a preferred presentation and cover ground. A good tip is to start at the popular haunts and stay on fish when you find them.
Bass fishermen continue to catch quality fish when the weather and winds permit. Shore fishermen are targeting efforts around Hamilton Branch. “We are beginning to see fly fishermen along the west shore in the evening in search of hex activity,” said Crotty. “Butt Lake should see hatches beginning this week.”
Traffic delays are to be expected when traveling to Plumas County and be advised to call ahead for lodging, dining, and camping reservations.