Almanor Fishing Report


Nov. 11, 2017

Almanor experienced some wet weather this past week with more on the way. Still no concentration of snow, just mild temps and precipitation. Surface water temp on Saturday was 51.5 and clarity was 8-10 feet.

Not much boat traffic these days and the majority of the fishing pressure is taking place on the South end of the lake. Yesterday there were fly fishermen in float tubes/pontoon boats, bank fishermen and trollers all working south of Rocky Point. There were fish in the far corner of Keddie Cove the other night in water less than three feet deep. I talked to a bank fisherman that had caught half dozen Rainbows on Chartreuse Power Bait his largest fish was approaching four pounds.

This time of year as the fish migrate into the coves you don’t need a $50,000 boat to catch fish. Quite often bank fishermen catch as many if not more fish than trollers. We fished two days this past week and caught a few fish each days, our fish were caught on hardware, 5-15’ deep, fast trolling between 2.5-3 mph, in water between 8-25’ deep. Our largest fish was a little over four pounds.
As water temps drop these fish will continue to migrate to the South end of the lake, if you enjoy shore fishing and are up to challenging the weather you stand a good chance of catching a quality fish.

Canyon Dam is the only public boat ramp with a dock in place and will be throughout the winter. The road construction that has been going on all summer on Highway 36 West of Mineral is complete and there are no traffic delays. With the improved road conditions the trip from Red bluff to the Canyon Dam Boat launch should take less than an hour and a half (towing a boat).

This week’s rain will be accompanied by wind, if planning a trip please call ahead as fishing Almanor can be difficult, sometimes impossible and dangerous when our winds kick up.


The Almanor Fishing Association

P.O. Box 1938
Chester, California 96020


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