Feb. 23, 2020

The high pressure over Northern California continues to keep storms bypassing Plumas County with no end in sight. NOAA is predicting day time temps reaching into the sixties for the next seven days. Once the sun goes down temps drop quickly as our night time lows hover in the mid twenties.  Lake levels are holding steady and water temps range between the high 30’s to low 40’s. Water temps are constant throughout the water column and clarity is 8-10’.

With the great weather, fishing pressure has increased; yesterday there were 18 boat trailers in the Canyon Dam parking lot. Trolling has been very good with an even mix of Browns and Rainbows being caught.  I have heard reports of multiple Browns and Rainbows over 5lbs landed. Fish are scattered throughout the lake and most methods are picking up fish. Pick your favorite fishing style (flies, hardware, plastics and crawlers) all are producing quality fish. Pond smelt are on the menu and Smelt patterns are the top colors. Fish are in the top 10-15’ early and migrating deeper as the sun comes up. There has been an increase in bank fishing pressure as well; I have heard reports of quality fish caught around the Canyon Dam coves.

Our snow is all but gone, roads are in great shape, both USFS ramps are clear, and the Canyon Dam ramp dock is in.

A quick boat ramp reminder, don’t block the ramp, yesterday the north side of the ramp at Canyon Dam was blocked for approximately twenty minutes with kayak fishermen attempting to get in the water. We all have the right to access the ramp it just takes a little effort to be prepared, make sure you’re ready, get in/out in a timely fashion and be courteous.