John Crotty, of the Lake Almanor Fishing Association, reports that the Lake Almanor community continues to enjoy spectacular fall weather with cool nights, warming into the high 70s to low 80s. It appears there will be more of the same for at least the next 10 days.
The Lake Almanor lake level is currently sitting at 4,488.15; clarity is unchanged at 15 feet and water temperatures have dropped significantly over the past two weeks, ranging between 66 and 68 degrees. The lower water temperatures have fish feeding aggressively and fishing has been very good, said Crotty.
The entire east side of the lake from Canyon Dam to Big Springs is producing quality fish. Trollers are picking up fish both slow and fast trolling. Slow trolling at 1 mph and fast trolling Speedy Shiners at 2.5 to 3 mph are both catching fish.
Crawlers, gulps, and king worms are the top baits going slowly; the preferred hardware colors are red/gold, red dot frog, and cop car. Shore anglers are catching quality fish at Hamilton Branch as well.
“The next few weeks through October are prime time on Almanor,” said Crotty. “While we always have a chance of cool weather and snow in late October, November typically is when our cold season sets in. Whether from a boat or shore fishing, now is the time to visit Lake Almanor and Plumas County, enjoy the fall colors, and catch a trophy Lake Almanor brown or rainbow.”
Information submitted by Almanor Fishing Association