What a difference a week makes

Compiled by Mari Erin Roth

Lake Almanor

Last week there was snow and freezing temperatures, today folks at Almanor will see mid-seventy on the weather gauge. Lassen received a couple of feet of fresh snow and lake level continues to rise currently sitting above 4484, which is higher than it has been in a couple of years. Water temperatures finally reached back into the fifties last week. There should be a steady daily increase in temps through the week. Weather is going to be exceptional for at least the next seven days with lows in the forties and highs approaching 80 degrees. There is wind in the forecast towards the middle of the week.

The bite was okay early in the week, the approaching full moon and prolific bug hatches made for a tough bite later. “We switched back and forth from fast to slow depending on winds, working hard for a half dozen bites a day over the weekend,” said John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association. “The fish continue to feast on insects and are in great shape, the problem is when they key in on a specific hatch, they are tough to catch.” Fast trolling speedy shiners at 2.5-3 mph and slow trolling plastics and crawlers at one mph are the typical offerings. “We caught fish from the tip of the Peninsula to Big Cove a couple of days and from the Peninsula to Prattville north the next,” said Crotty.  Fish are migrating throughout the lake.  The bass bite remains good with plenty of 4-pound smallies caught over the weekend. Shore anglers are concentrating their efforts at Hamilton Branch.

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The Canyon Dam boat ramp remains the only available public ramp and it gets crowded on the weekends, still no word from the USFS regarding the opening of the Almanor West public ramp. PG&E removed hazardous trees from the lake this past week, with rising water levels boaters will continue to see navigational hazards.