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.
Mild weather this past week got fishermen motivated here on Almanor. The Canyon Dam parking lot was full on Saturday with a mix of trollers, bass, fly and bank fishermen cleaning off their fishing gear and enjoying some spring like weather. Mornings have ranged between the high teens to low twenties with afternoon highs reaching into the forties. We still have snow on the ground, all our roads are open and clear.
Lake level has risen slightly over the past few weeks reaching the 4485’ mark. Water temps are ranging between 38 and 40 degrees warming slightly in the afternoon after a sunny day. I took the boat out yesterday, fished five hours for two rainbows. We trolled in front of the Canyon Dam boat ramp along the East bank just past the snag fast trolling hardware with no luck, picked up went to the North West end of the lake picked two bows fast trolling , headed to Rec#2 switched over to crawlers and gulps ‘ slowed down to one MPH and didn’t get a grab. We marked fish in deeper water just couldn’t get anything going. I will target fish in the shallows next trip.
Its tough out there this time of year with limited pressure, it’s always nice to have friends on the water to cover more ground when you’re trying to find fish. You have to cover lots of water to find fish and when you do stay on them.
Bank and fly fishermen are picking up fish in the coves, mostly smaller fish with an occasional larger fish thrown in the mix. We are expecting mild weather this week, with some weather next weekend.
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.