P.O. Box 1938
Chester, California 96020
Sept. 10, 2017
It appears that our record breaking heat is finally behind us, there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms each day through Thursday with highs ranging from the mid 80’s on Monday to 72 on Thursday. Our predicted low on Thursday is 39 degrees, the first time we have seen an overnight low in the 30’s in months. Lake surface temps are beginning to recede which should get these fish feeding more aggressively.
Boating pressure has decreased significantly, with school back in session and cooling temps we will see a steady outflow of boats from Almanor over the next few months. One of the dock maintenance companies has begun removing docks for winter storage. All good news for fishermen.
We continue to slow troll with crawlers and gulps and have been catching lots of smaller fish (Rainbows and Salmon) mixed in with a few larger bow’s up to 4#’s. We have begun experimenting with speedy shiners and Arctic Fox trolling flies attempting to get a reaction bite going. We have caught some smaller fish trolling faster just nothing of any size. Slow and deep continues to be the theme, staying 6-10 feet off the bottom in water from 30 to 60’ deep.
I have seen more pressure over the springs and vehicles are stacking up at the Hamilton Branch, Almanor Fishing Association public access parking lot. I have heard that there are fish being caught by bank fishermen and boats on anchor around these cooler oxygenated waters. Single red eggs, crickets, crawlers and flies all have a chance of producing a quality fish.
The smoke from fires has dissipated, last week’s full moon is behind us and fishing conditions should continue to improve. You can expect up to 40 minute delays on 36 (west of Mineral) if traveling from the 5...32 and/or 89/70 are your best routes.