The weather in Plumas County has been spectacular over the past 10 days with temperatures in the mid-80’s during the day and low 50’s at night. A small warming trend is predicted for the coming weekend with a promise of a quick return to the more comfortable low 80’s next week.
“Lake level is currently 4490.96,” said John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association, “and down a foot and two tenths over the past two weeks.”
Last year on the same date Almanor was 4480.96. Water temperatures remain in the mid-70’s and clarity is 15 feet.
“Fish are still hanging out at Red Bank,” said Crotty, “and there is a bite early in the morning that ends quickly.”
Crotty said fishermen are targeting fish in the deeper areas of the lake and over springs and that the A-frame, Big Springs, Dorado, and Rec 1 are all holding fish. Crotty noted that slow (or on anchor) remains the preferred method with crawlers, king worms, plastics, and the Almanor Cocktail top choices, and that Hamilton Branch is the “go-to spot” for bank fishermen and will remain the preferred destination for shore anglers until the weather cools down.
“Our days are getting shorter, and fall is right around the corner,” said Crotty. “Come to Almanor to beat the valley heat in July and August, come up in September and October to enjoy spectacular fall weather and world class fishing.”
Crotty also mentioned Eagle Lake as a destination for a day or two of fishing, noting that the fishing there has been good this year.
“Eagle lake is a special fishery with some of the hardest fishing, best tasting trout you will find anywhere on this planet,” said Crotty. “You can visit Val Aubrey on Facebook at Eagle Lake Fishing Information for up-to-date reports and lake conditions.”