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4/15/2014

Frenchman Lake Report - Courtesy Wiggins Trading Post (530) 993-4683

Fishing has been good at Frenchman Lake this past week. Whether fishing from a boat, from shore or fly fishing, most everybody is catching something.
Scott Christensen caught his limit of rainbows while fishing from the bank at the dam. He was using worms. The fish were 15" in length and weighed 1 ½ lbs each.
Bob Parry, Adam, Larry and Ahab were fishing the shallows with worms and marshmallows. Everyone caught their limit. The fish were up to 2 lbs each.
The stream opener is Saturday, April 26th this year and the plan is to have all the campgrounds open by April 18th.
Please call us for current lake conditions and updates on the fishing - Wiggin's Trading Post (530) 993-4683.


4/3/2014

Frenchman Lake Report courtesy Wiggins Trading Post (530) 993-4683

Fishermen from near and far are having great luck at Frenchman Lake.
John, a man from Cold Springs, NV (near Bordertown),got a limit totaling 8 ½ lbs. One of his fish weighed 3 ½ lbs. He was using worms.
Yoe from Monterey, Mexico caught 4 limits of rainbows in 4 days fishing with worms and Gulp eggs.
Please call us for current lake conditions and updates on the fishing - Wiggin's Trading Post (530) 993-4683.


3/22/2014

Lake Almanor Report - Courtesy Doug Neal

Surface temps dip into the low 40,s overnight and are pushing 50 to 51 degrees by mid day.
Its cold in the morning, 29 to 31 degrees, but warms quickly once the sun clears Dyer Mt.
Clarity has improved to about 9 ft. in the east basin, still less at the north end around the Hamilton Branch.
The Branch itself is running clear, it's the discharge from the powerhouse that continues to bring brown water..but it has improved.
Flashback, 2 years ago "This week".. in 2012 we had just received 11.5 ft. of snow, in 9.5 days of a nonstop storm..about 18" of snow per day.
And today its totally spring. Way earlier than usual at the 4500 ft. elevation.
Enough weather already!
Here's the latest:
Greetings FinHeads, Finnattics, Finassins, and shoreline RockHopping Stump Jumpers.
Best shoreline fishing The Causeway just outside of Chester.
Best trolling, Hands down the east shore has really picked up, We had fun all day hooking up Kings in the 3 lb. class and several Browns up to 4.8 lbs..
The several fish we did keep, checked out to be holding more insect material than smelt. About 70/30%.
Compared to last week when it was more like a even 50/50% smelt to insect ratio.
Conditions are improving rapidly, water warming, moon phase waning, and insect events have Almanor "set up" for some classic fishing, and were still in March.
From the Dorado Inn to Lake Cove on the east shore. Here we got several quality fish, and saw 2 other nearby boats get fish to the net followed high fives all around.
Trolled Almanor West a couple days last week. One day the fisher as thick as grass and 3 to 4 lb. Browns were going airborne. And the next day they were gone.
Headed to the east shore and got right back into some action.
Also we marked lots of fish on the West side of the Peninsula from Bunell Point to Rec. 2, but never put in.
Clarity has improved around the lake however, during early mornings attractors, flashers, or larger dodgers can only help.
We have been rigging these Strike Master Dodgers (SMD,s) in the "a-tractor rig" configuration, there a illustration of this rig at www.sepsprofishing.com
The Seps Strike Master Dodger in silver and chartreuse has proved its self here at Almanor, you should have a couple of these if your planning on coming up.
When the sun gets up, a mix Salmon, Browns, and a occasional Rainbow have been hitting fast action lures, like 1/6 oz. Speedy Shiners in nickel hammer finish, and of course The RGSS, down rigged in the 20 ft. range, and zipping along at 2.8 mph. (For the first time readers of this report, the RGSS = Red and Gold Speedy Shiners)
Whatever you decide to troll, for me? the hits have all been coming from 5 ft. to 22 ft.
Expect surface temps to slowly rise as a warming trend has been in place here for the last couple days.
There is some possibly rain in the forecast for late Tues. but it wont amount to much more than a spring shower.
As always, Check the forecast before making the trek up here.
USFS ramp open, no dock.
Canyon Dam ramp open with dock.
Private ramps, Rec. 1 and 2 ramps are open with docks.
Almanor West ramp open, dock was installed last Thursday.

Doug Neal's
"ALMANOR POWER RANKINGS" at a 6.6 out of Possible 10.
Moon phase darkens, making it a little more difficult for night feeding.
Expect increased aquatic insect hatches.
Hot Spots, Right Now.
Almanor West, and the East shore, these areas will be drawing in more scattered fish into smaller areas.


3/17/2014

Lake Almanor Report - Courtesy Doug Neal

Lake Almanor Fishing Report,
and lake status. 3/16/2014

Greetings from Almanor.
Unbelievably nice here on the Almanor Peninsula..
Eagles soaring, a couple osprey too, migrating grebes, coots, Blue Jays, and robins have started to arrived.
The air is clean, cool, and crisp with that feeling that only Spring can generate.

Surface temps dip into the low 40,s overnight and are pushing 50 degrees by mid day.
Clarity has improved to 9 ft. in the east basin, still less at the north end around the Hamilton Branch.
The Branch itself is running clear, it's the discharge from the powerhouse that continues to bring brown water..but it has improved.
Almanor lake levels are down, but the lake looks good, and with this warming trend combined with clarity improving the bite is ramping up despite the full moon.
Here's the latest:
"OH yes sir"! Bugs are flying around, which is way early for that kind of activity, but this year is going to be different than anything that's happen going back 36 years..
Swallows are already skimming the lake surface for air bore midges.
The Rainbows I cleaned this week were packed with a combination of smelt and insect larva, about a even 50/50.
It appears that feeding fish will begin to make a switch from smelt to tasty insect larva.. And perhaps allowing the smelt a brief chance to spawn
As anticipated in previous reports last month, lower lake levels and earlier "Spring Like" conditions have already got aquatic insect event going off in several areas around Almanor.
Mostly around Lake Cove on the east shore, the West side of the Peninsula from Bunell Point to Rec.2 and the Almanor West area.
These spots are a little shallower, especially this year, and have warmed a bit faster, releasing insects earlier.
It appears to just have started, and expect fish to be moving in to take advantage of these pre spring feeding events.
Aquatic insect events will get fish very active as insect larva are packed with protein, which converts to energy quickly.
Fish will begin to attack more aggressively as they become stronger after the leaner winter months when food is a little more scarce.
The fish we have hooked up already have great strength, and even the 18" fish are taking line, and generating smiles.
Clarity has improved around the lake however, during early mornings attractors like flashers, or larger dodgers like the Seps Strike Master Dodger in silver and chartreuse work well here.
Also the Silver Prism, with 1/2 a crawler 12 inches back, at 1.1 mph. These kind of rigs can only help fish see some flash.
Its been mostly Browns going for this rig, but the Rainbows like it as well.
Salmon have been hitting fast action lures like 1/6 oz. Speedy Shiners in nickel hammer finish, or Fire tiger
Funny thing, the Salmon we caught this week were totally empty.
Expect surface temps to continue to rise as a warming trend has been in place here for the last couple days.
There is some wind in the forecast for the next 2 days, check the wind forecast before making the trek up here.
USFS ramp open, no dock.
Canyon Dam ramp open with dock.
Private ramps, Rec. 1 and 2 ramps are open with docks, and Almanor West ramp open, no dock.

Doug Neal's
"ALMANOR POWER RANKINGS" at a 6.5 out of Possible 10.
Despite the Full moon phase, expect this number to increase as aquatic insect hatch increase, drawing in scattered fish into smaller shallower areas.
Thus stimulating aggressive action deeper into the morning.


3/11/2014

Frenchman Lake Report courtesy Wiggins Trading Post (530) 993-4683

The fishing at Frenchman has been steady this past week. Bank fishing all around the lake has been good and trollers are doing pretty well too.
A group of guys from Reno - Eddie, Mike, Armando and Joe - came out on Tuesday, March 4th and caught 4 nice sized rainbows at Big Cove. They used chartreuse and purple powerbait.
Erick Deliz from Cold Springs, NV caught a 16" and a 12" rainbow at Snallygaster floating worms off the bottom. We also had a report that someone from Loyalton caught 4 rainbows within a half and hour at Turkey Point with worms.
Bob Parry, our resident fishing guide, says that the fish are in spawning mode now and can be found in the shallow waters near the stream entrances.
Please call us for current lake conditions and updates on the fishing - Wiggin's Trading Post (530) 993-4683.


3/4/2014

Frenchman Lake Report courtesy Wiggins Trading Post (530) 993-4683

We continue to receive many good reports on the fishing at Frenchman Lake.
James Estrella was fishing at the dam and caught his limit using inflated worms. His fish were about 17" in length and weighed between 2 and 3 pounds each.
Last Wednesday evening, February 26th, Loren Pederson and Ray Perry from Chilcoot were fishing from their boat at Lunker Point with worms and green powerbait. They caught several nice rainbows 14 to 16 inches each.
On Saturday, March 1st, Jake Rogge and Dusty Richards from Chilcoot caught 17 rainbows with powerbait and worms while fishing near the dam - one of their fish was a 3 pounder.
Please call us for updates on the fishing and current lake conditions - Wiggin's Trading Post - (530) 993-4683.


2/24/2014

Frenchman Lake Report courtesy Wiggins Trading Post (530) 993-4683

We have received lots of good reports on the fishing at Frenchman Lake this week, especially at Lunker Point.
On 02/17/14 Hans from Chilcoot caught 2 19" rainbows there floating inflated nightcrawlers 2" off the bottom and Daniel from Susanville caught 4 rainbows at Lunker Point using baby nightcrawlers. His fish weighed between 1 ½ and 3 pounds each.
A couple of days later, Bill from Portola caught 3 rainbows at Lunker using nightcrawlers.
On 02/20/14, Mondo and Joe from Reno caught 4 nice-sized rainbows at Big Cove with green powerbait and another long-time fisherman from Chilcoot caught his limit of rainbows using glitter garlic flavored powerbait.

Both boat ramps are open, but the docks won't be in until the first part of May. Lunker Point is extremely muddy so you might want to use the Frenchman boat ramp instead.
Please call us for updates on the fishing and current lake conditions - Wiggin's Trading Post (530) 993-4683.