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. âI 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,â 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. âI spoke with a few guys and the bite was tough,â 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. âWe will be monitoring temperatures and water levels to keep our pens, fish and volunteers safe,â said Crotty.
âThe community of Lake Almanor and all of the fundraising agencies work together for the common goal of serving those in need,â said Crotty.