Almanor Fishing Report
September 22, 2019
Water temps dropped another 3 or 4 degrees this past week hovering around the 64-degree mark. Our days are getting shorter, nighttime temps are dropping into the high 30’s and we experienced a couple of days of clouds and rain over the past week. NOAA is predicting a warming trend through Thursday and then another series of storms and cooling temps beginning on Friday. If you are planning a trip to Almanor this coming weekend be prepared, our predicted high temps on Tuesday and Wednesday are 78 degrees, Saturdays predicted high is 48 degrees, that’s right a 30-degree temp change. Overnight lows will be dropping into the low 30” s.
Fishing was tough this past week with winds, rain, thunder and lightning making for difficult conditions. Fish are transitioning from the slow bite to chasing flies and hardware. Fish remain in deeper water (35-50 feet) and fast is your best choice. Speedy shiners, Artic Fox trolling flies, Rappala’s, needle fish are all good choices. Pond smelt are scattered throughout the lake and continue to be the preferred diet.
Bank fishermen continue to target fish at Hamilton Branch, there were also a few bank fishermen at Canyon Dam. As water temps continue to drop fishing in the coves will improve for both fly and bank fishermen.
As a side note: I made a trip to Eagle Lake on Tuesday with friends, we struggled to catch three Eagle lake Rainbows. All nice healthy fish in the 2 ½-3-pound class. Not the results we expected but a great day on the water none the less. Water clarity was poor on the north end of the lake, better on the south. Water temps ranged between 64-65 degrees and boat traffic was light. We easily launched at the low water ramp at the Eagle lake Marina which will have plenty of water through the end of the season. We caught our fish trolling hardware at 2 ½ mph, red dot frog, red needle fish and a pearl bikini each landed a fish. Fishing on Eagle will only get better from here, you can visit Val Aubrey’s Eagle Lake Guardians web and Facebook sites for current fishing reports and information on the Eagle Lake community.