The Almanor Fishing Association
P.O. Box 1938
Chester, California 96020
Aug. 13, 2017
Temps dropped this past week, Fall is definitely in the air, we experienced a few cool mornings in the high 40’s. Water temps also dropped last week, surface temps had been registering in the high 70’s, the last two days 75 degrees was the norm. Lake level remains high and continue to recede slowly.
While we continue to pick up lots of smaller fish we caught a better grade of fish the past few days, rainbows averaging 3 to 4#’s were common. Local guide Matt Goodrich landed a 7 plus pound rainbow that will land a spot on his wall. Slow trolling crawlers have been our preferred method with or without dodgers in water between 40 to 55’ deep. I have heard reports of fish being caught fast trolling speedy shiners, as water temps drop that bite should only improve. Big Springs was the popular hangout the past few weeks, I counted 28 boats trolling one morning.
This past Wednesday we caught the Almanor Slam a Brown, Rainbow, Smallie and King Salmon. We actually landed three huge Smallies in the 4# class; these hard fighters feel a log when you initially hook up then the battle begins.
After a few unpleasant experiences this past week I have to bring up etiquette, when trolling watch traffic don’t run east/west when all other boats are going north/south, don’t ride up on other boats (regardless of how many fish they are catching) one of my friends had a boat troll so close behind his boat that they caught his line with their downrigger ball. And lastly, one of my favorites, go around trolling boats. This past week I witnessed on three occasions, other fishermen motor inside of trollers when there was ample room towards the middle of the lake to go around. Common courtesy is not so common; remember you are responsible for your wake.
If traveling up from the valley plan a few extra minutes for construction lots of road work taking place and delays are the norm.