Almanor Fishing Report

Almanor Fishing Report
Fishing conditions have been ideal the past week with daytime highs in the high eighties, overnight lows in the high forties with mild winds. Temperatures will remain unchanged for the next seven days, we will see winds early in the week. Water level is 4482.36’, up slightly from last year on the same date, water temperatures are hovering around the seventy-degree mark.
The hex hatch is winding down as fish are switching their diet towards pond smelt. The rocky edges of Almanor are loaded with smelt, you can see them on top of the water on calm days in the early am and we are beginning to mark large balls of smelt in deeper water. Fish and fowl of all species are feasting on these tender little morsels. There are a number of smelt imitations on the market including plastics, flies and hardware and you can pick your favorite method to fish them, local favorites include gulps at one mph, Arctic Fox trolling flies @ 1.7-2 mph, Cop Car hardware at 2.5 mph and Silver/black F-5 Rapala’s all work. As always crawlers at one mph will produce fish.
Big Springs, Dorado, Rec#1, Big Cove, and the Peninsula have been favorites for fishermen this past week. The bite has been good early, shutting off around ten or eleven. Hamilton Branch is your best shot at quality fish from shore. The bite slowed for the guys on anchor this past week.
AFA’s annual Family Picnic is scheduled for Saturday July 30th seating will be limited and we will NOT be selling tickets at the door. Please purchase your tickets in advance if you would like to support AFA and enjoy a family barbecue at beautiful Rec # 1.