The Almanor Fishing Association
P.O. Box 1938
Chester, California 96020
July 23, 2017
We are expecting another round of 90 degree weather here on Almanor, so much better than the 105’s predicted for the valley, still not so good for our fishery. Yesterday surface temps on my Lowrance reached 78.7 degrees.
The Hex Hatch is in its final stages; last night there were half dozen fly fishermen in Geritol on tubes trying their luck, with limited success. Not much evening activity along the West shore. For up to the minute reports on the Hex contact Tom @the Chester fly shop 530-258-3944.
Trollers are spread out as are the pond smelt and fish. I have been charting large bait balls and witnessing rising smelt throughout the lake. With all of the dining options these fish have on Almanor it’s no wonder they are so fat and healthy. We are still catching lots of those small aggressive Salmon, keep an eye on your downriggers, oftentimes they will not trigger a release and you will end up towing them around.Bank fishermen, those on anchor, trollers and fly fishermen are all picking up a few fish, fishing their preferred baits and methods. I just have not heard of any body catching large quantities of quality fish. We continue to slow troll crawlers in deeper water fishing all of the popular areas; Big Springs, A-frame, Bailey, Dorado, East Shore and Rocky Point are all good places to start