P.O. Box 1938
Chester, California 96020
Sept. 3, 2017
These fishing reports are turning into weather reports. Daytime high’s approaching the 100 degree mark have raised water temps and slowed the trolling bite. That coupled with a full moon on the 6th will make for tough conditions this week. The good news is we have a cooling trend headed our way. Thursday & Friday’s highs are predicted to be 76 & 77 with lows in the low 40’s (a nice 20+ degree temp change). Lake level has dropped below the 4490’ mark for the first time since early February.
Fishermen are stacking up at Hamilton Branch, I drove by the Hamilton Branch access parking lot on Saturday and it was full. Most of the fishermen are using their bait of choice and a few are catching fish. There is much debate about fishing this area of the lake, as these fish are seeking refuge in the cooler water and each year we hear horror stories of fishermen taking more than their limit, snagging fish and/or returning later in the day after previously harvesting a limit of fish. If you witness illegal activity call Cal-TIP 888-334-2258.
Slow trolling in deeper water continues to be our preferred method; the East Shore, Hamilton Branch/Big Springs, A-Frame and Peninsula are all good places to start. There are large balls of pond smelt throughout the lake, find the bait and you will find fish. Getting those fish to take your offering could be a little more difficult.
We are experiencing smoke/haze from fires and you can expect up to a 40 minute delay on Highway 36 west of Mineral, if traveling from the 5, 32 out of Chico is a beautiful drive and just might be the quickest route to Almanor.I would like to take this opportunity to mention that AFA maintains the Hamilton Branch access area, AFA volunteers pick up trash, prune trees and brush, weed eat and paint throughout the season as needed. In addition AFA is financially responsible for the maintenance of the restrooms. If you fish Almanor, use the public access, appreciate these reports or would just like to assist AFA in fulfilling our mission statement, please visit our web site, become a member or make a donation to our Go Fund Me account where we are attempting to raise one dollar for every one of the 50,000 fish we plan on feeding and releasing into Almanor this year.