Fishing at Almanor despite closed ramps, low levels



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Almanor Lake

The level of the lake continues to decline, currently at 4,477.74, about three feet lower than last year on the same date. Stumps and rocks are popping up all over the lake and creating new dangers to navigation on a daily basis. The two USFS public boat launches remain closed with no estimated opening date. Saturday winds blurred the water in the north / west section of the lake, today the clarity was between 8 and 12 feet on the east side of the lake, half that on the west.

Almanor is full of pond smelt with huge bait balls seemingly everywhere. The fish migrate throughout the lake and the water column. “I fished for a few hours this afternoon and caught four fish, all on a smelt imitation, I fished from Rec # 2 at the tip of the peninsula,” said John Crotty of the ‘Almanor Fishing Association. “We took out four canes: one at 30 ‘, one at 25, 20 and 15 and all four were bitten.”

Boat traffic was light and the water temperatures were between 63.5 and 65 degrees. Target fish in deeper water and around springs, as fish seek cooler water. The rain last night, while welcome, was only a light dusting.

Temperatures hover in the mid-1960s with a low falling in the mid-1930s. Winds are forecast today, Monday and tomorrow. Warmer temperatures are expected later in the week. Inshore fishermen target the Hamilton branch. “I spoke with a few guys and the bite was tough,” Crotty said.

AFA anticipates another successful fish pen season. Last week’s fish feed delivery ($ 12,000) has arrived and 50,000 fertile rainbows from Eagle Lake are expected to arrive in late October. “We will be monitoring temperatures and water levels to keep our pens, fish and volunteers safe,” said Crotty.

“Thanks to the generosity of AFA supporters, we raised approximately $ 20,000 for the victims of the DIXIE fire. We are working with Bill Cook, the Veterans Services Officer, to administer the veterans funds, ”said Crotty. “If you are a veteran affected by the Dixie fire, please contact Bill at 530-283-6275 or email us at [email protected]. “
There have been a number of fundraisers within our local communities as we come together to help those in need. Todd Geer is hosting an event on Saturday October 2nd at Plumas Pines; Carol of the Carols restaurant in Prattville turned her 50th birthday into a fundraising event; and the Almanor Foundation has worked diligently to raise funds. If you would like to donate to the victims of the fire, you can do so by attending events or by sending money to the Almanor Foundation Wildlife Relief Fund. Almanor Fishing Association to Close GoFundMe Account Soon; but people can continue to donate through the PayPal account on the AFA website: or by mail to AFA PO Box 1938, Chester, CA 96020.

“The community of Lake Almanor and all of the fundraising agencies work together for the common goal of serving those in need,” said Crotty.



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