Compiled by Mari Erin Roth
Over the past seven days there has been a combination of rain and snow at lake level. While there has not been the catastrophic weather events witnessed in the valley, there has been a steady diet of precipitation. Lake level has risen more than a foot over the past week and sits at 4481.03 (Almanor did not reach 4481 until March 19 of 2022). The weather will continue to be unsettled through tomorrow, Wednesday Jan. 18, when there could be six additional inches of snow before Plumas County dries out for a few days. With clearing skies, there will be a drop in temperatures with overnight lows dropping into the low teens.
Fishing pressure remains light. The Canyon Dam ramp is cleared and open. Shore anglers must hike through snow to access fishing spots around the dam and Hamilton Branch is still depositing large volumes of cold, muddy water into Almanor. Water temperatures at the Almanor Fishing Association fish pens was 34 degrees for most of the past week.
With the predicted change in weather, fishermen will begin hitting the water. Shore fishing should be good in the coves around the dam; Hamilton Branch will depend on water temperature and flows. “Trollers will find fish around the dam, after multiple weeks of weather they should be hungry and eager to play,” said John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association. “You just need to get your gear in front of fish this time of year, fast, slow, or in between will all work. Slow trolling crawlers and plastics at one mph, Arctic Fox trolling flies at 1.5-2 mph, speedy shiners and Rapalas at 2.5 starting right at the boat ramp.” Fish will be on the surface early and drop down the water column as the sun comes up.