Chester, CA 9-26-19 . . . The first meeting to discuss developing a Town Plaza for Chester, co-hosted by Chester/Lake Almanor Basin Chamber of Commerce and Brenda Lemons, owner of the Coffee Station, met Wednesday with civic leaders, business owners and interested citizens attending and supporting the efforts.
“It was exciting to see the community come together in support of a town plaza that has the capability of offering programs and activities to the greater Chester and Lake Almanor area,” says Susan Bryner, president of the chamber. “It seems with the show of excitement and cooperative spirit, the time is right to begin creating a focal point for the town, area residents and tourists.”
Covered on the agenda was research of location, funding, programs and activities and maintenance. Attendees offered numerous ideas and suggestions to help make the plaza a success and asset to Chester; and bring growth, tourism and a sense of community to our town.
For those interested in participating, the next meeting will be on October 16 from 8:30 to 10:00 at the Coffee Station. For additional information please visit www.lakealmanorarea.com, go to the Community tab and look for Town Plaza Project.
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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.