We had the boat out on Sunday, fished 4 hours and found one willing Rainbow. We caught our Bow along the East Shore trolling an Arctic Fox three colors down at one and a half mph. Water temp ranged from 36 1/2 to 38 degrees, and clarity was down to 1 to 3 1/2 feet, tough fishing conditions at best.We also scouted on Monday with no results. Lake levels continue to rise with muddy water pouring in from the Super Ditch, Hamilton Branch, Bailey Creek and the Feather. PG&E has doubled the outflow from Canyon Dam into the Feather. The ice for the most part is melted and shore access has improved. Bank fishermen have had limited success in the coves around the Canyon Dam boat launch floating crawlers and power bait.
The storms have been brutal up here in Plumas and Lassen Counties. The snow, wind and rain have resulted in slides, flooding, road closures and power outages. NOAA's forecast is for more of the same, snow/wind/rain/flooding over the next four days, with substantial rain predicted for Monday.
The past storms proved devastating to the AFA fish pens located at Hamilton Branch, they were literally torn apart with six pens attached to one set of anchors and the other four pens floating thirty feet down stream. The transfer dock was also destroyed. AFA volunteers worked with Womack Construction to move the pens to Big Cove and reattach the docks. Amazingly the fish fared well through the raging waters and boat ride to Big Cove. We lost less than 10 fish in the transfer. The 25,000 Rainbows are adjusting to their new surroundings and feeding well.
The two pictures are of the Canyon Dam boat launch.
Submitted by: John Crotty, Quail Lodge Lake Almanor, Lodging and Guide Service