May 24, 2020
There has been little change on Almanor since last week. Visibility remains at 15-18 feet, lake level is up a couple of tenths and water temp remains in the high 50’s. Canyon Dam is the only public ramp currently open and traffic is heavy on weekends. Boat traffic on the water is also increasing as we begin to see some jet skis and ski boats.
Fish remain scattered throughout the lake with the majority of the fish targeting insects in the area between Prattville and the tip of the Peninsula North. Fish are scattered throughout the water column and you will need to adjust depths, speed and presentation based upon water conditions. Slow troll gulps and crawlers when the lake is flat at 1 mph, or pull Arctic Fox trolling flies at 1.8-2 mph and/or hardware early in the morning or when we get a chop on the water. Bass fishermen continue to pickup quality fish on hard and soft baits and fly fishermen are picking up both bass and trout. We are still 3 to 4 weeks away from the beginning of the Hex Hatch.
All PG&E and USFS campgrounds remain closed with no official opening date announced. Winds and cool mornings have made for uncomfortable conditions we will see an increase in both day and night-time temps this week, with no threat of precipitation in the near future.
I would like to remind everyone that the Almanor Fishing Association board was forced to cancel our Veterans Fishing Day, our Annual Picnic and all of our youth events.