Almanor Fishing Report


May 21, 2017

This past week we finally experienced a few days of weather in the 70’s. Water temps were in the mid 50’s and rose to the low 60’s in the afternoon. PG&E continues to release large quantities of water out of the Canyon Dam outlet while water continues to surge into Almanor via the Super Ditch, Bailey Creek and Hamilton Branch, water level remains’ constant.  Both Canyon Dam and Lake Almanor public boat ramps are open and the Lassen National Forest, North and South Almanor Campgrounds remain closed.

Light winds and warmer days made for comfortable fishing which doesn’t always equate to good catching. The bug hatches have been off the charts and the fish are plumb full of insects. On Wednesday we trolled the entire West Shore from Fox Farm to the flats up by the Chester Airport and fish were rising along the entire run. Fast trolling speedy shiners produced one nice Rainbow that weighed in at 4# 14oz. The fast bite quit  once the sun got on the water, so we switched our presentation, switched to crawlers, slowed down and picked up a half dozen fish trolling 1 to 1.5 mph (which seems like you’re going backwards after trolling @ 2.5 to3.0).  A few boats were anchoring up and catching fish with crawler’s suspended just off the bottom.

There are lots of small Salmon in the lake right now and they are very aggressive, you really have to pay attention to your downriggers oftentimes they will not pull your line off the clip and  you will end up towing them around and drowning them. They can be frustrating for the moment, being gentle and releasing them gently will benefit us all in a couple of years.

There is a small 2 day bass club tournament going on this weekend, I spoke with a few of the participants and they were all bringing in 5 fish limits that ranged from 12 to 14#’s.  The bass are bedding up and sight casting produced the majority of the fish caught.

Fly fishermen are anxiously awaiting the Hex Hatch, I have seen very few fly fishermen on the water the past few weeks. Bank fishing in and around the coves is also very slow and will remain so until the Hatch begins. Bank fishermen are still picking up a few fish at the Super Ditch where it enters the lake on crawlers and power bait.


The Almanor Fishing Association

P.O. Box 1938
Chester, California 96020


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