John Reynolds holds the brown he just pulled out of Lake Almanor while celebrating his 65th birthday. The brown beauty was safely released. “We caught it slow trolling crawlers at 1 mph,” said fishing guide John Crotty. “He was on the bottom in 40 feet of water.” Photo submitted

Warm temperature fishing conditions remain for the next 10 days

Compiled by Mari Erin Roth


Lake Almanor

Weather predictions for Plumas County are sunny skies with 87-90 degree highs and 52-54 degree lows for at least the next 10 days. As is typical for this time of year, the lake level is dropping daily. Clarity remains unchanged and water temperatures are in the low seventies.

Fishing conditions remain unchanged with trollers targeting fish in all the popular haunts; Big Springs, East Shore, Rec II, Rec I, A-Frame and Big Cove. Slow trolling plastics and crawlers is the preferred method with fast rolling hardware as option two. Hamilton Branch is the top choice for bank fishermen.


The big news of the week is Mark Pilgrim is officially providing guide services on Almanor. Mark is a Chester native; he grew up bass fishing Almanor with his father and is now offering his expertise as a “Catch & Release” bass fishing guide. Mark submitted his first article in the 2022 Fisherman Newsletter earlier this year and when he is not fishing Almanor he competes professionally. To book a trip with Mark call 249-3810.

Sara Botts, left, holds the nice catch by her daughter Kaitlyn on Aug. 16 from Lake Almanor. Kaitlyn learned her new skills of how to tie and bait hooks, and how to cast a rod during one of four clinics presented by Almanor Fishing Association at Lake Almanor Country Club through their recreation program. The result for Kaitlyn was a nice small mouth bass the following day. “The picture tells it all,” said John Crotty of AFA. “Thank you for teaching and inspiring her!” said her mom, Sarah Botts. Photo submitted