Lake Almanor Report - Courtesy Doug Neal, Almanor Fishing Adventures (530) 258-6732
Surface temps around 65 degrees midday.
Lake levels are the lowest I have seen my 16 years here.
Lake Almanor's water is warmer down deeper this year due to PGE taking cold water off the bottom releases at Canyon Dam. The taking of this cold water off the bottom has effected the fishing. Fish are feeling the heated water lowering, and are being compressed closer to the bottom each day.
Downrigger balls running at 35 feet deep feel warm to the touch when retrieved, instead off feeling cool.
PGE should take the top water, not the cold bottom water. Especially during drought years, or they will start killing fish here, like they did at Walker lake last week.
The latest Lake Almanor lake levels from Dept. of Water Resources as of 8/29/2015
4477.81 Ft. elevation.
736,261 acre ft. storage.
Clarity about 14 ft. in the east basin, much less in the west, where it is about 6 ft. of clarity after several days of afternoon wind last week that really stirred it up.
Avoid the west side for awhile in till that water clears up.
Moon phase is full, and clear nights have the water looking bright as day.
Fish are feeding in the moonlight. Smelt are everywhere in the east basin, there is no place you can go with out seeing clouds of them on the sonar.
The bite is very early, like 6:00 am to 7:30 and slows down, before picking up again by late morning.
Fishing pressure is very light, radio chatter has been quiet this past week.
Rainbows to 21 inches reported along the east side of the peninsula.
Trollers have been running Rainbow Runners in orange, #2 Needlefish in Fire tiger, and of course the good old 1/6 oz.Speedy Shiners in silver hammer finish, and red and gold.
As always, I brush on some Pro-Cure Trophy Trout scent for added attraction.
Most boats are working the east basin from Canyon Dam along the east shore, up to the Hamilton Branch and into Big Springs where there,s lots of bait fish.
Fish have been coming from 10 ft. down early, to 28 ft. by mid morning, before dropping down deeper as the sun climbs.
Several other boats were trolling slow action presentations, like naked crawlers, or dodger crawler combos at 1.0 to 1.4 mph., and we did see nets going out here and there.
The bite is not hot, pack an extra sandwich just in case.
Lake levels are lower, watch for hazards.
Fishing pressure is generally light, with the usual spike of activity around the weekends
All public ramps are useable.
Good luck to all.
Frenchman Lake Report - Courtesy Wiggin's Trading Post (530) 993-4683
Weather is beginning to cool down a little bit and its perfect time to sink those worms and catch a big one up at Frenhcmans! The dam appears to be the only feasible fishing place up at Frenchmans due to the low water level but the fish that they are catching are beautiful large ones! We have heard some reports on fishing the creek. Nightcrawlers remain the #1 bait of choice.
One of our regular fisherman, Mitch from Reno NV, never fails to surprise us with a big beauty! Last Sunday he caught a 3.76lb rainbow using nightcrawlers fishing at the Dam!
Micah Dovlet from Folsom, CA and his buddy James Ervin from Reno, NV headed up to the lake early morning last week and each caught a beautiful rainbow by the dam fishing with nightcrawlers. Each fish weighed close to 2lbs each.
On September 25th, John and his dad from Reno, NV and Las Vegas, NV both caught their limit fishing at or around the dam using powerbait. All the fish were around the same size, 17" to 19" long. They had attempted to go to their favorite spot, Turkey Point but it was too low to fish. Still happy men as they both limited out! They fish Frenchman Lake about 4 times a year and will continue to do so!
Come out to Chilcoot and browse around the store, best fresh made sandwiches around! Perfect weather for mountain bikes, hikers, and atvs. With the leaves beginning to change color, grab your camera and take a drive through the canyon. Beautiful photography!
Please call us for current lake conditions and updates on the fishing. Wiggins Trading Post (530) 993-4683