June 16, 2019
Summer has arrived, 80 plus degree weather, water temps approaching the 70-degree mark, prolific insect hatches have all made for a tough bite. We transition from winter to summer overnight up here in the mountains. Two weeks ago, we had snow and now we are getting the AC units out.
Fishing has been very tough, fish are scattered throughout the lake, they are feasting on insects and very selective. I have been fishing slow with crawlers and gulps with limited success, I have heard reports of fast trollers having similar (limited) results. We are seeing more boats on anchor, using both anchovy tails for Salmon and the Almanor Cocktail (cricket/meal worm).
Still no significant signs of the Hex Hatch starting, I went to Geritol Cove last evening and there were a half dozen float tubers in the water I then drove to Almanor West where even fewer fly fishermen were in the water. I spoke with one float tuber and he said he saw one bug hatch. Stay tuned the hatch should begin in earnest any day now.
Almanor is full with water lapping up onto the blacktop at Canyon Dam. In fact, the ramp is up as high as it will go, and you have to step in two inches of water to get to the ramp.
Road construction continues 70 through the Canyon with extended road closures. Please check with Caltrans for current road updates.
On Sunday June 23rd the Almanor Fishing Association along with local guides and fishermen will be hosting the third annual veterans Fishing Day on Almanor. We have over forty boats taking close to 100 Veterans fishing. There will be at least two Veterans from World War II participating, one is 94 years old and the other is 96. If you are on the water, please acknowledge the fishing fleet of Veterans and thank them for their service.