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

Fishing the creek has been very productive for one catch and release fisherman - he caught 20 rainbows using worms. He said the fish measured between 12 and 16 inches each.
Fly fishing has been good from Big Cove back to the north end of the lake. Fish are biting on damsel flies.
Bob Parry and Pamela Lee from Hooked on Fishing Guide Service in Chilcoot caught 5 good sized rainbows using rainbow glitter powerbait while fishing from their boat. Bob says the fish are really deep.
Peter from Nevada caught 2 rainbows and 4 catfish using worms at Turkey Point and Ryan from Reno also caught 4 nice catfish with worms.
Please call us for current lake conditions and updates on the fishing - Wiggin's Trading Post (530) 993-4683.


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

The fishing continues to be good at Frenchman Lake.The warmer weather we have been having lately has made the fish go deeper. Try floating nightcrawlers off the bottom. Powerbait - rainbow, chartreause or sping green, has also been working very well.
Bank fishing has been good at the dam as well as at Spring Creek. Steve Sexton from Loyalton caught 5 nice sized cat fish using powerbait and worms. They were each about 17 inches in length and weighed about 3 lbs.
Please call us for current lake conditions and updates on the fishing - Wiggin's Trading Post (530) 993-4683.


Lake Almanor Report - Courtesy Doug Neal

Surface temps spiking to 77 degrees by midday.
Clarity about 12 to 14 ft..
Boats are scattered all over both basins searching for the hot bite, which is no particular area, fish are scattered.
However more hook ups have been coming from the east basin, rather that the west, where the surface temp is probably just getting too warm for trout too hang.
Generally the bite has been soft...Many savvy fishermen have had to work a lot longer for fewer hook ups.
Today the bite showed signs of coming back around and we did catch a few quality Rainbows, despite a full moon, massive Hex hatches, Smelt fry, (which are everywhere now) and mucho boat traffic by 9:00 am..Dudes there is a ‘LOT "of fish food available right now.
All that tips the scale in favor of the fish and never helps the troller,s or guys on anchor..
Its been hot here... 90 degrees by mid day, everyday this week, and Lake Almanor has water, so there,s lots of boats, skiers, and tubers dominating the the lake 9:00 am.
Best bait bite is during the evening as hex larva rise and Mayfly's lift off, and the boat traffic is gone.
Crickets and mealworms are getting some quality fish right up till dark, from Goose Island to Rocky Point. Fresh hex hatch casing are thick on the surface and load up on downrigger wires and fishing line as you troll thru...Holy Moly there lots of them! and the fish are down deep feeding on them as they rise from the bottom.
Trollers and bait anglers have been pounding areas known to have strong spring flows, Big Springs, A-Frame, Rec. 1, Rec. 2, and south of the Hamilton Branch.
Warming surface temps will push deeper, and into cool spring fed areas.
Expect that hex activity to peak soon and go into decline. Also that full moon phase is one the way out, so, I feel its about to "go off big" here anytime.
Good luck, your gonna need it for the next few days!
All ramps are open, lake levels are still very good.

On a sad note.
Local Legend and Fishing Guide, Doug D'Angelo passed away July 3rd.
Doug guided Lake Almanor for over 55 years and was my friend and teacher.
Nobody on the planet knew how to fish this lake like him. there will never be another like in a million.
He will be missed.