P.O. Box 1938
Chester, California 96020
Oct. 22, 2017
Written By John
Surface temps continue to drop here on Almanor as we experienced a cold front that dropped a light dusting of snow on our foothills. We are expecting a warming trend this week with low’s in the 30’s and daytime highs reaching 72 degrees on Tuesday.
We are targeting fish in the top 20’ of water column fishing water as shallow as 15’. Hardware trolled at speeds ranging from 2.5 to 3 mph with Red & Gold Speedy Shiners being our top producer. We have also caught fish slowing from 1.5 to 2 mph with Arctic Fox trolling flies. White is the color of choice, keep them moving, have the rod in your hand and pump it, be prepared when a Big Brown hits it’s not subtle. On Tuesday we caught a fish or two up by Bayley, off the Peninsula, by Goose Island and along the East shore, all nice fish just nothing substantial.
Last night there were over thirty fishermen fishing between Geritol and Keddie Cove’s (Keddie is the small cove just north of the Canyon Dam boat launch); it resembled an evening in mid-June during the Hex Hatch. Fish are being caught by float tubers, fly fishermen and bankies in a variety of methods. Crawlers, power bait and your fly of choice have been producing. The Browns are in pre-spawn and they are not good table faire, please take a picture and release the large Browns.
Lake level is good and visibility has increased to 8-10’. I received word that the USFS will be removing the Almanor West public boat ramp this week leaving Canyon Dam as the only available public ramp. Road construction continues on 36 if traveling to Almanor, you can expect up to 40 minute delays (west of Mineral).