The Almanor Fishing Association
P.O. Box 1938
Chester, California 96020
June 18, 2017
What a difference a week makes, last week we had winter weather advisory, this week we are experiencing an excessive heat warning. Last Sunday with snow at lake level our high was in the mid 40’s this Sunday our high is in the low 90’s. Yesterday the surface temp on Almanor reached 70.3 degrees that coupled with lots of boat traffic made fishing tough at best. We managed to pick up three quality Rainbow’s on Saturday with the largest a little over 4#’s, we also picked up three little Salmon two of which unexpectedly rode around on our downrigger. Anchor fishermen are also picking up a few fish with the Almanor Cocktail (meal worm/cricket combo).
We caught fish slow trolling (1mph) crawlers 6’ off bottom in water up to 40’ deep. Go slow and go small use a size 6 hook and a mini crawler threaded partially up your line. Flashers and dodgers are optional.
Water level continues to rise and there is lots of debris on the water, as water continues to pour in from Hamilton Branch the Super Ditch and bailey Creek. Yesterday I picked up a four foot long 2”x6” that had 16 penny nails sticking out of it, big enough to cause major damage to boats or skiers.
Lots of fly fishermen are hitting Genital and other coves in the evening in expectation of the Hex Hatch, I haven’t seen any significant hatches yet and the fish haven’t seemed to key in the Hexagina’s yet. It will only get better from here.For the next 8 weeks expect lots of boat traffic and exercise patience at the ramp (and on the water) summer is here! This past week a small aluminum boat capsized and the two fishermen on board treaded water for a couple of hours before someone found them.