April 23, 2017,
Finally a break from the winter that won’t end, water temps are rising (47-51 degrees) and fishing has heated up as well. The Trout bite was very good for us this weekend, we caught fish trolling hardware 8-15’ deep @ 2.4-2.8MPH. A large percentage of the fish we caught were of the cookie cutter variety, fat healthy 18-20” Rainbows, we managed to catch a few larger Browns and Bows in the 5# class, that were full of Pond Smelt. We have witnessed with warming temps an increase in bug hatches, a couple of the hatches were significant with rising fish taking advantage of a change in their diet. Fish are holding in the flats off Almanor West, the Peninsula and the East Shore,
The Canyon Dam boat launch is still the only available public boat ramp and it was full this past weekend, a 40+ boat bass tournament along with a couple of dozen trout fishermen made parking and launching challenging. Get there early on weekends.
The bite at the Super Ditch has slowed, bankies are catching a few fish in the coves on floated crawlers and power bait. The bass bite is picking up and fly fishermen who know the lake are producing some quality fish, now is the time to fish Almanor, weekday traffic is light, roads are clear, our snow storms (for the most part) are behind us and the fish are spreading out. Whatever your preferred fishing method, you stand a chance of catching that Trophy fish on Almanor.