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Almanor Fishing Report

Lake Almanor Fish Report
The Almanor Fishing Association
P.O. Box 1938
Chester, California 96020

Dec 10, 2017

Written By John

Looks like we are in for another week of mild weather, high teens in the morning, giving way to sunny mid 40’s in the afternoon. The high pressure has kept us cold and dry for more than a week now with no end in sight. Tough to fish the mornings but the afternoons are comfortable until the sun goes down. The Lake North of the causeway off Highway 36 just East of Chester is beginning to ice over, if our current weather trend continues it could be frozen over early this year.

Last week’s super moon and breezy mornings made for tough conditions and light boat traffic. There were a few fish caught by troller’s fast trolling hardware and I heard of a few fish caught slow trolling crawlers. Most of the fish caught were smaller (12-15 inch Rainbows). There continues to be lots of fishing pressure in and around the coves on the South end of the lake, with bank and fly fishermen picking up fish. Bank fishermen are catching fish with suspended crawlers and/or Power Bait while fly fishermen are catching fish on a variety of flies, adjusting sizes and colors based upon weather conditions. I fished Genital from shore this past Friday for an hour and picked up two Rainbows, both off a Green Wiggle tail; I was using a 9’6” 4wt rod with a floating line, fishing the shoreline. A friend of mine was fishing from his pram and having a darn good time catching the smaller rainbows on every other cast.

Roadways are clear and Canyon Dam is the only available public boat launch available. There are patches of icy road ways and the boat ramp can be hazardous with icy conditions as the water from trailers freezes quickly and builds up a sheet of slippery ice.

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