P.O. Box 1938
Chester, California 96020
Oct. 8, 2017
Water temps continue to drop on Almanor as the lake is turning over. I measured temps on Friday in 45 foot deep water off the Peninsula and found 1 degree variation from top to bottom (58.4-59.3). Water clarity was a max of 8’ in spots. Cold nights, nice afternoons, water temps in the high 50’s typically make for productive fishing, catching quality fish on Almanor remains tough. The full moon (which always seems to impact fishing on Almanor) has not helped.
We have transitioned from slow trolling plastics and crawlers to fast trolling speedy shiners and trolling flies. We have been targeting fish in the top 20’ of the water column trolling between 2.5-3 mph. Color selection changes daily with red/gold our top overall producer. The majority of the fish we have caught have been smaller fish with a mix of bows and Salmon. The big fish bite has been tough with our largest fish of the week coming in at just under 3#’s. We are cautiously optimistic that once the weather settles down and water temps stabilize the fishing is going to only get better.
Strong winds are predicted over the next few days and we are in for a cooling trend over the next seven so be prepared if coming to Almanor. Morning temps could drop into the mid 20’s with daytime highs in the low 50’s.
I am beginning to see more activity in the coves with an equal mix of bank and fly fishermen. As the weather continues to cool fish will seek shelter in the coves and fishing should improve. Geritol seems to be the most popular bank fishing option.
Both USFS public boat ramps are open and the docks are in place. Road construction continues on 36 if traveling to Almanor, you can expect up to 40 minute delays (west of Mineral). Boat traffic remains light.