P.O. Box 1938
Chester, California 96020
July 9, 2017
Written By John
Another warming trend added to a full moon has slowed fishing here on Almanor. Both Bailey Creek and the Super Ditch have all but dried up, lake levels should begin to recede. There was a log jam on the Feather River Dam just outside Chester that was removed this past Thursday which allowed water to flow down the Feather instead of the Super Ditch. The Super Ditch had been flowing steadily for well over 6 months. Hamilton Branch is still bringing in lots of water, with a full lake the fish haven’t congregated in the Branch or over the springs like they have in past years. Fish are spread out and over the past few days have been difficult to catch.
The Hex Hatch has slowed significantly as well; we picked up three fish dragging Hex nymphs just off the bottom between the USFS public ramp and the Almanor West private ramp this past Wednesday and one 4# rainbow on Friday evening in the same area. Saw a few fishermen in Geritol, no reports of fish being caught.
There are large schools of Pond Smelt along the shore lines throughout the lake; fish are beginning to target them. The majority of the fish we caught this past week were feeding on Hex Nymph’s, while a couple were regurgitating pond smelt in the net. Slow trolling crawlers continues to be the most productive method to catch fish, we have been targeting fish in 25 to 40’ of water and keeping our bait within 5 to 10 feet of the bottom.