Almanor Fishing Report January 13, 2019 Even though we received over two feet of snow and followed it up with a couple of days of rain over the past week, lake level has not changed, and clarity remains good. We are expected to receive another series of
** IMPORTANT ** From the Plumas County Sheriff's Office:
On Tuesday, November 20 at 1:00 at the Veterans Memorial Hall (225 Gay St) in Chester, there will be a FEMA Speakers Event.
This is an information and registration session for any displaced person(s) in Plumas County that were evacuated by the Camp Fire in Butte County.
It is very important that any displaced person(s) in Plumas County that were evacuated by the Camp Fire attend this event as they will be providing information regarding long-term assistance. **
This Chamber Board has established a formal process to aid the numerous people in our area who are affected by the Camp Fire.
The process is being run in coordination with the Chester Wellness Center, managed by Plumas County Behavioral Health.
If you or anyone you know is currently in the Lake Almanor basin and was affected by this tragic event, please ask them to go to:
Chester Wellness Center
372 Main Street
Chester, CA (next to Dollar General)
They will register with the Chester Wellness Center using the Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce (LAAC) Registration Form (see attached).
Please bring photo ID if available; please come even if ID is unavailable.
We are encouraging everyone to register even if assistance is not currently being requested through the Chester Wellness Center – this will help give us an approximate count of the number of people here as a result of the fire.
Chester Wellness Center staff are taking registration forms and helping identify current needs. Needs are filled first from donated items located at the Chester Wellness Center, and then from donated funds.
As funds are available from our generous community and beyond, those funds are being used to support people in need in the Lake Almanor basin by:
1. Providing food through Dollar General and Holiday Market gift cards
2. Providing gas through a voucher program at Beacon
3. Providing clothing through a voucher program at Another Man's Treasure Thrift Store (if needed items are unavailable by donation at the Chester Wellness Center)
4. Starting a Wish List for impacted children, to replace a favorite item/toy through donations
5. Helping with other needs as coordinated through the Chester Wellness Center
We are working on adding the following assistance to the above list:
6. Current listing of available jobs in the Lake Almanor basin, in coordination with the Alliance for Workforce Development
7. Current listing of available housing in the Lake Almanor basin, with a coordinator to be determined. → If you have the ability to help in this capacity, please contact Susan Bryner (message the Chamber for contact information if needed)
If you would like to donate items to help support these efforts, the following are needed by the Chester Wellness Center (new items only, please):
- Baby formula
- Adult pull-ups (Depends), small & medium
- Female hygiene products
- Paper towels
- Paper plates
- Plastic silverware
- Toilet paper
- Sealable quart-size bags
- Pre-packaged food (e.g. Lunchables)
- Shaving cream
- Pet food
- Dollar General gift cards
- Holiday Market gift cards
PLEASE do not bring any items to the Wellness Center for donation EXCEPT the items in the list above (which will be updated as needs change). The staff and our volunteers are already spread extremely thin, and do not have the capacity to sort through used clothing / items. Thank you. <3
Monetary donations can be made to:
Lake Almanor Area Chamber (or LAAC) Camp Fire Fund
PO Box 1198
Chester, CA 96020
Funds collected: $3,627
Funds distributed: $1,987
Funds remaining: $1,640
Checks can be mailed or dropped off at either Plumas Bank or B&B Booksellers in Chester. We are in the process of setting up a way to donate to this fund online and will provide that information when available.
Please note that because the Chamber is not a 501(c)3 organization, it is our understanding that these donations are unfortunately not tax-deductible. However, these funds are being used solely to aid people currently in the Lake Almanor basin and affected by the fire.
Thank you for any assistance you can provide.
Please bookmark this site for future updates and needs will continue to change and or
visit https://www.facebook.com/lakealmanorarea/ If you need more information please call the chamber office at 530-258-2426.
By Jerri Nielson, As Published in the Chester Progressive
Fall is definitely in the air in the Lake Almanor Area! Nights are getting cooler, the apple trees are heavily laden with fruit, deciduous foliage is just starting to hint at changing color, and days are the perfect temperature for hiking.
The Chamber Board has been busily preparing for our 3rd upcoming Town Talks event of this year, sponsored by the Giggling Crow, Chester Progressive, and your Chamber. It will be held on Wednesday, September 26 in the Rainbow Village Parking Lot in Old Town Chester. Come join us for appetizers, no-host beverages, and music, plus the opportunity to hear from our local organizations about recent and upcoming activities.
If you’re thinking about visiting the Lake Almanor Area, now is a great time to plan a trip! Mid September through October is peak season for fall colors. There’s no need to take a trip back East when Plumas County has some of the most colorful foliage around. For up-to-date information about where to find fall color, be sure to follow the “Awesome Autumn in Plumas County” Facebook page hosted by the Plumas County Tourism, Recreation & Hospitality Council. You can also pick up a map from the Visitor’s Information area in Stover Landing Commons, or call 530-927-5180 for the latest update.
Here is a partial list of upcoming events you won’t want to miss:
9/20/18 Thursday History Chat at the Chester Library
09/21/18 - 09/22/18 Nature Photography Workshop in the Lassen Volcanic National Park
09/22/18 Chester Community Chorus Annual Dinner
09/25/18 League of Women Voters’ Forum for Seneca Healthcare District Board Candidates 09/26/18 Chester Community Blood Drive
09/26/18 Town Talks, More Social Than a TED Talk
09/27/18 Chester High School Boosters’ Annual Tri-Tip Dinner
09/29/18 Sporting Clays Shoot
Please continue submitting your events to our Community Calendar at lakealmanorarea.com/ calendar.html, and check back often to see what’s new. Last but not least, if you haven’t already, please consider joining your local Chamber of Commerce and/or volunteering to help with our many planned events. And as always, enjoy playing in the Lake Almanor Basin - your Basecamp to the Northern California Outdoors!
From the Lake Almanor Fishing Association
Lake level is dropping slowly, and water clarity is 20’. We are seeing a transition to a fall weather pattern with day time highs predicted to be in the mid-seventies and nighttime lows in the low-forties for at least the next seven days. Boat traffic remains light as does fishing pressure. Water temp has been ranging from the low to mid seventies and you won’t find a significant change in temp until the 40’ deep mark. With the cooler temps and shortening days we will continue to see a slow decline in water temps.
Fish continue to feed on pond smelt, and you have to weed through a few smaller fish to find fish of size. Pond smelt imitations and crawlers trolled at 1 mph with or without flash seem to be the most productive method. I have heard of boats picking up speed and trolling hardware which will become the norm as water temps continue to recede. Trollers are targeting fish at both Rec #1 &2, the A-frame to Big Cove and Big Springs to Dorado with lots of down time between fish.
Fish continue to seek refuge over springs and at the Branch, based upon the vehicles parked at the Branch those fish are seeing lots of pressure. Bank fishing is tough at best this time of year anywhere other than the Branch. Bass fishermen are targeting fish off deep structures with plastics.
From the Lake Almanor Fishing Association
August 5, 2018
Lake level remains unseasonably high and water temps reached 78.5 degrees last week during another week of excessively hot weather. We are currently experiencing a cooling trend, it is 46 degrees this morning as I write this report and our daytime high will be in the low 80” s. A warming trend will return this coming week and temps will creep back into the high 70’s.
Fish are migrating around the lake searching for feed and cooler water. There has been a substantial amount of boat traffic between Big Cove and Rec #1 in water 60 feet deep. Most boats are slow trolling Gulps and crawlers with a mixture of naked/dodgers on size 6 to 8 hooks. Salmon and Rainbows are being caught 35 plus feet down. The bite dies early, and fishing can be tough with long lulls between fish. I have seen some boats fast trolling hardware and I assume they are seeing similar results.
I found a couple of large schools of Pond Smelt yesterday one right off the Plumas Pines marina. The fish I cleaned had a mixture of insects and Pond Smelt in their bellies, the smelt are less than 2 inches long and provide a healthy food source.
Get on the water early, fish slow and deep in 50-60 feet of water and you stand a good chance of getting fish. Start at the A-Frame, Hamilton Branch, Big Springs, Rec #2 or Rocky Point and search for Pond Smelt.
Like most of Northern California we are experiencing a smoky haze with some days worse than others. The Whaleback fire at Eagle Lake has been contained and mop up crews are falling hazardous trees along the roadway. As a fisherman that loves and support’s Eagle Lake and its residents my heart goes out to the communities of Spaulding, Bucks Bay and Stones as they deal with another devastating set back.
July 29, 2018
Lake levels dropped slightly last week while temps continue to rise. Afternoon surface temps are creeping into the high 70. We are finally seeing lots of small pond smelt throughout the lake. Boating/fishing pressure is light early in the day and gets crowded in the afternoon.
Trollers are getting fish early in the day slow trolling crawlers and Gulps, find the Pond Smelt and you will find fish. When the wind is down, and the lake is calm you will see them boiling on the surface, you will also see sea gulls diving on floating smelt that have been stunned by fish as they aggressively attack bait balls of smelt. Slow and deep continue to be the theme unless you are targeting fish feeding on smelt.
The fish still haven’t sought refuge over the springs it seems we are four to six weeks behind schedule which I believe is attributable to the high-water level. the water early in the morning, and water level remains unseasonably high. Bank fishing remains tough, bass fishermen are targeting fish drop shotting plastics, fly fishermen with knowledge of the lake are catching fish over pond smelt.
From the Lake Almanor Fishing Association
July 22, 2018
Lake levels continue to recede slowly, and water level remains unseasonably high. Water temp is creeping up with surface temps reaching the mid 70’s. With another week of 90-degree weather in the forecast, temps will continue to rise. You won’t begin to see cooler water until the 35-foot mark. Water clarity is holding steady at the 20-24’ mark. Fishing and boating pressure remains high and the boat ramps and parking lots are crowded in the afternoons.
The bite was inconsistent at best this past week, with more small fish caught than quality fish. Most of the smaller fish have copepods (a small parasite that attach to the fish) this time of year. The copepods will fall off as the water cools.
Target fish in deep water up to 60 feet and go slow. Crawlers and Gulps continue to produce fish. Blades are an option and will assist in finding fish, start out running two rods with naked crawlers/gulps and two with blades and adjust from there. Rocky Point, A-Frame, Rec #2, Big Springs and the East Shore are great places to start fishing. Recently we have found small pond smelt in bellies, a great sign as the smelt are a diet mainstay for these fish.
Anchor fishing has been tough as has shore fishing. As water temps rise fish will begin seeking comfort over springs and at the Branch.
2nd Annual Poker Paddle Water Run
Saturday July 28th
Paddlers mark your calendar for July 28th. Bring your kayak, canoe or SUP and plan for a wonderful day on the west shore of Lake Almanor with other paddlers. The poker run consists of 5 shore stops at 3 different locations to pick up numbers to make your poker hand. Prizes will be awarded to the two best hands of the day. This is not a race, but a way to have fun on Lake Almanor while taking in the majestic views of Lassen Peak and Dryer Mountain. If you are lucky you may have the opportunity to watch an eagle or osprey catch a fish out of the lake. Meet at Plumas Pines Resort at 7 am and before event starts at 8 am. Choose between a 5 or 8-mile route.
Bring your friends and make a day out of it. Or stay at a campground along the west shore and make a weekend out of it. There are several campsites along Lake Almanor and many lodging choices along the lake or in Chester. Lunch will be catered by Plumas Pines; the 5-mile loop paddlers will pick up lunches at the finish line next to Plumas Pines. The 8-mile loop paddlers will get their lunches at the turnaround at Rocky Point Campground, before heading back to the finish line. Kayaks and paddleboards can be rented from Lake Almanor Kayak Rental or Bodfish Quiet Mountain Sports.
Register online now or tickets may be purchased the morning of the event before the start. Registration fee is $50.00. Registration includes one 5 card poker hand, lunch and a hat. Extra poker hands may be purchased for 5 dollars. All paddlers must have a coast guard approved personal floatation device to take part in the poker paddle run.
Add this to your fun things to do list for July 28th. Help support our local Almanor Recreation and Park District, have some fun and maybe win a prize. For more information on this event or other events hosted by Almanor Recreation and Park Dkistrict please visit their website.
July 11, 2018
Article in Chester Progressive
by Jerri Lee Nielsen, Director Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce
Wow! This year’s 4th of July in the Lake Almanor Basin was the best yet. If you’re
reading this, hopefully you made it up here to see it - if not, start making plans for next
The Almanor Recreation and Park District’s Chester Classic Fun Run and 5K saw a
record-breaking turnout of 678 participants, all coming together for a fantastic event.
The Lake Almanor Elks Lodge hosted a successful pancake breakfast and served 700
hot dogs during their sponsored Arts and Crafts Show in Chester Park. The art show
hosted over 70 vendors, and drew huge crowds to enjoy the wide variety of arts and
crafts displayed by artisans from all over the state.
The parade organized by the Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce was a great
event, with even more entrants than last year.
And let’s not forget to mention the Fireworks Extravaganza over Lake Almanor! This
year the fireworks show was a spectacular and dazzling display of pyrotechnics, with
many fun and new fireworks to see. The show costs approximately $20,000 for the
Chamber to put on each year, which is raised through donations. Please consider
donating today for next year’s event by visiting www.lakealmanorarea.com.
A huge shout out and “Thank You!” to all of our local businesses, organizations, and
individuals who donated time and money to help make this year’s 4th of July an
And “Thank You!” to all who came up to participate in the festivities. All of us at the Lake
Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce hope to see you again for next year’s 4th of July
in the Lake Almanor Basin - your basecamp to the Northern California outdoors.
07/12/18: Thursday History Chat at the Chester Library
07/14/18: Guided hike to Mill Creek Falls in Lassen Park
07/15/18: Lake Almanor Country Club 2018 Concert Series
07/16/18 (weekly through 08/02/18): SPICE Summer Camp
07/16/18 - 07/22/18: St. Andrew’s Academy Choir Camp
07/17/18 (weekly; ongoing): Preschool Story Time at the Chester Library
07/18/18: ‘Is Collage for the Birds?’ Workshop at the Blue Goose Gallery
07/18/18 (weekly through 08/08/18): Summer Reading Program at the Chester Library
07/21/18: Gold Discovery Days at the Plumas Eureka State Park
07/21/18: Watercolor Plein Art in Lassen Park
07/21/18: ‘Painting Through Prisms’ (Photography 101) Workshop at the Blue Goose
07/22/18: Lake Almanor Country Club 2018 Concert Series
07/26/18: Thursday History Chat at the Chester Library
07/27/18: ‘Leave No Trace’ Special Event in Lassen Park
07/28/18 - 07/29/18: Arts & Crafts Show at the Bidwell House
07/28/18: ARPD’s 2nd Annual Poker Paddle
07/29/18: Lake Almanor Country Club 2018 Concert Series
08/03/18 - 08/04/18: Dark Sky Festival at Lassen Park
08/04/18 - 08/05/18: Friends of the Chester Library Annual Book Sale
08/04/18 - 08/05/18: Quilts of Lake Almanor at Chester Jr/Sr High School
08/04/18 - 08/05/18: Almanor Art Show at the Collins Lawn
08/04/18: Lake Almanor Country Club 2018 Concert Series
08/04/18: Third Annual Plumas Grown Farm Crawl