March 19 2017,
We have been struggling to put consistent numbers of fish in the boat this past week. I have a whole list of excuses, full moon, flat water and limited visibility all contributed to a humbling week of fishing. Hamilton Branch continues to bring muddy water into Almanor which has made the water from Big Springs to Lake Haven unfishable and water to Big Cove questionable at best. This past Sunday I slow trolled from Lake Haven all the way to Canyon Dam without even a legitimate grab. While we did manage to catch a few fish this past week they were few and far between. That said pond smelt have been boiling each morning along the East and West Shore around the Canyon Dam boat launch and bank fishermen have been picking up a few fish soaking crawlers and power bait. Fly fishermen have struggled with visibility as well and fly fishing pressure was light.
Lake levels have remained steady this past week and as mentioned visibility is limited, ranging from mud to 2 ½’ at best. Canyon Dam continues to be the only public boat launch available and the overflow parking lot was cleared of snow and usable. Water temps ranged from lows in the mid 38’s to a high of 49. The fish we did catch came in the top 15’ of water, White Arctic Fox trolling flies and hardware produced for us. We are expecting a series of storms this next week with high winds, rain and chances of snow. Our road ways are all open and if you are considering making the trip call ahead for up to date road and weather conditions.