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.