The folks at Wiggins Trading Post (993-4683) report fishing has been excellent all around the lake. The air is a little colder so fishing a bit deeper may increase your productivity.
Don’t forget Little Last Chance Creek. There are only a few days left before the stream season close. One local fisherman fishing the creek used a grasshopper pattern and caught a brown estimated to be 4 – 6 pounds.
It may seem a little late in the season to be fishing a grasshopper pattern since grasshoppers are most active in the warm midsummer days. But I have seen a few around recently. It is quite possible that while the trout may not be keying on grasshoppers, they will just find such a large tasty morsel too good to pass up.
Average surface water temperature is in the high 40-degree range.
Fishing continues to be very good according to the folks at J and J Grizzly Store and Camping Resort. You can give them a call at 283-0270 for the latest information or check their excellent website and current fishing report at grizzlystore.portola-ca.com.
Trollers are catching limits of fish. The reports indicate that the best bets for trolling lures are still the Wee Dick Nite Copper Red, Needlfish in Yellow Watermelon, or Red Dot Frog, and Sockeye Slammer Fire Tiger.
For fly anglers, Jenkins Point up to Mosquito Slough has been producing the best results. The most productive flies include snail patterns, midges, and Woolly Buggers in black and cinnamon.
Duck season opened Oct. 9, however the hunters are pretty much gone by 8 or 9 a.m.
For bank anglers, Mallard Cove is best using nightcrawlers or PowerBait. Lemon Twist Power ait was on fire over the last weekend. Rainbow is doing well also.
Fish of 18 inches and more and several 4 plus have been caught at Mallard in the last few days. A few have been as large as four pounds. Coot Bay and Fairview are also doing well.
Please stop by the store and tell them how you did and what you were using so we can share the information with your fellow anglers.
Trollers continue to do well. The East Shore and the west side of the Peninsula are still productive, although there is some indication that the pond smelt and the fish that follow them are more spread out and have shifted towards the West Shore to some degree.
The lake has been planted several times this fall so there are many smaller fish. To find fish, watch for feeding birds and keep an eye on your sonar.
The bigger news for Almanor is the brown trout have moved into pre-spawn mode. This is the time of year to find large brown trout in shallow water as they move towards their spawning grounds. These fish are territorial and aggressive.
Just remember they are getting ready to spawn. For the long term health of the Almanor fishery, be sure to release these fish carefully.
If you are looking for table fare, look for the rainbows.
Boating use on the lake is way down and the water level is following. Except for a few determined anglers, the boating season is over. The Forest Service operates the two public boat ramps on the lake and both are scheduled for upgrades this winter, with funding from the state Department of Boating and Waterways (who we fund with our boat license fees).
The largest project, beginning in late November, will be on the Canyon Dam Boat Launch Facility. The facility will be closed until Memorial Day to make improvements, such as widening of the launch ramp, adding a new boarding float, pavement repairs, and installing a new vault toilet building.
This has a big impact on anglers wanting to access the East Shore of the lake. But the ramp is old and in need of repairs. The inconvenience will be worth the improved facility.
The second project is at the Almanor Boat Launch and will have much less impact. Partial closures of the launch will allow completion of remaining construction items that require a low lake level.
Pre-cast concrete slabs will be placed at the end of the existing launch ramp to extend the ramp for low water launches.
Expected to take seven to 10 days, project timing will be dependent on weather conditions and occur at the lowest lake level of the season.
However, boaters need not despair. Only one side of this launch will be closed at any given time, which means at least limited access will remain available.
In Plumas County, the many excellent lakes are justifiably the big attraction for anglers. We also have great streams. They offer quality fishing, great scenery, and solitude; but only for a few more days. Stream season closes Nov. 15.
Get out and enjoy them in the short time left. The lakes will be there waiting for you after the stream season closes.