P.O. Box 1938
Chester, California 96020
Dec 3, 2017
Written By John
Winter is in the air, we received a light dusting of snow last night and my gauge shows 28 degrees as I write this report. Morning temps over the next week will range from the high teens to low twenties with highs predicted between 39 on Monday to 51 on Friday. While it will be cold we are not expecting any inclement weather.
Lake level remains high as water temps continue to drop, surface temps ranged from 46.2 to a high of 48.4 this past week. Visibility varied as well, we were not able to fish the North end of the lake on Monday as the winds kicked up and dirtied the lake, there was also lots grass and debris, it did clear up by Wednesday and remains fishable.
Fishing was tough this past week, on Thursday we started trolling at the Canyon Dam boat launch and trolled the entire East bank to Dorado Inn and didn’t get a grab. On Tuesday afternoon, we had similar results trolling the West shore, we started at Plumas Pines and trolled to the Canyon Dam boat ramp without a grab. Both areas typically fish well this time of year. We managed to catch a few fish up past Rec #2 in water between 12 and 30’ deep fast trolling hardware from 5 to 20’ at 2.6-3 mph. Our biggest fish for the week was a fat Rainbow just over 4#’s.
Bank and fly fishermen continue to pick up fish in the coves around the Canyon Dam boat ramp. The majority of the fish are in the 12-14” range with a few larger fish thrown in the mix. I have heard of fish caught on crawlers, power bait and hardware. These fish get lots of fishing pressure and become skittish fly fishermen are downsizing their presentations and throwing (20) midges with 6x tippets.
Our roads will be clear this next week with no expected delays, I had mistakenly posted that the public USFS boat ramp at the campground on the west shore was removed, it is in place but will be coming out this week. The Canyon Dam boat launch will remain open throughout the winter, the road in does get plowed after snow storms, it might take a day or two after a storm for the plows to get in, I will keep ramp/road conditions posted as necessary throughout the Winter on the Almanor Fishing Association Facebook page.