June 14, 2017
The Almanor Fishing Association
P.O. Box 1938
Chester, California 96020
This past weekend there was a winter storm warning in effect here on Almanor, wind/rain/hail/snow/thunder &lightening all made for tough fishing. Water temps retreated back into the low 60’s and throw a full moon into the mix tough is an understatement.
The fish at Red Bank are taking a break after being hammered on for the past 5 or 6 weeks. We marked fish on Sunday just couldn’t get them to play. Had reports of fish being caught off Rocky Point this past week, most of the boats I saw were sitting on anchor suspending the Almanor Cocktail just off the bottom in and around the point.
Slow trolling crawlers, crickets and/or meal worms with or without flashers/dodgers continues to be the preferred method. Have heard of a few fish being caught throughout the lake, just no concentration of fish in any one area. Lake level continues to rise with large quantities of water pouring in from the Super Ditch, Hamilton Branch and Bailey Creek. With the rising water level we have encountered an increase in navigational hazards, including some large logs, with temps expected to rise into the high 80’s this coming weekend we will see an increase in snow melt, exercise extreme caution.
Bass fishing has been very good at times with reports of 15# limits not uncommon. The fish are transitioning off the beds and bass are being caught throughout the lake.
The Hex Hatch is just starting on Almanor; it will only get better from here. Bass, Browns, Rainbows, Geese, ducks and bats are beginning to key in on this delicate morsel. If you have never fished the Hex it really is worth the trip and a sight to see. For fly fishing the Hex, Tom Maumoyner owner of The Lake Almanor Fly Fishing Company in Chester can get you set up, his number is 530-258-3944. Tom is now handling Simms products to meet all of your fishing needs.Our campgrounds are continuing to clean up from this past winter and camp sites are limited, do not assume sites will be readily available. Both the Canyon Dam and USFS ramp in Prattville are open.