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4/22/2015

Frenchman Lake Report - Courtesy Wiggin's Trading Post (530) 993-4683

OPENING STREAM FISHING- THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 25TH
Frenchmans campgrounds are now open and even with the cool night temperatures, it didn't keep the friends and families away from pitching their tent to do some late night cat fishing or early morning trout catching. We had quite a nice crowd over the weekend to enjoy the sunny days up at the lake.

Friday, April 17th, James from Reno caught 8 catfish using nightcrawlers. He was night fishing from the boat dock at Frenchmans campground.

Saturday April 18th James McDermott and his friend caught 6 rainbows, each about 18 inches in length. They were using nightcrawlers at Turkey Point fishing from the bank.

One of our good ol' Frenchman Fisherman, Mitch from Reno, NV caught one 3.5 lb beautiful rainbow fishing by the dam. He was floating nightcrawlers off the bottom. Monday, April 20th, Mitch again caught another beautiful 3 lb trout fishing at the dam and once again floating his nightcrawlers from the bottom.

Please call us for current lake conditions and updates on the fishing - Wiggin's Trading Post (530) 993-4683.


4/19/2015

Lake Almanor Report - Courtesy Doug Neal, Almanor Fishing Adventures (530) 258-6732

Rick Tellez, of Pacifica, Ca. with a morning limit of Browns caught trolling the east peninsula. These fish hit fast action lures down rigged from 20 to 38 ft.

Surface Temps, about 50 degrees in the morning, spiking to 55 degrees by mid Day.
Clarity: about 12 to 13 ft. and improving.
These are considered ideal conditions.
Here's the latest.
Aquatic insect hatches dominate the food chain for fish and birds alike.
Unbelievable amounts of insects are rising. Casings left behind have the surface looking like floating pieces of brown turf. Some the size of a tennis court, and a half inch thick.
Thousands more landing on the boat hitching a free ride as we troll along.
Fish are feasting on this abundance of power packed protein and are becoming very strong.
Several hook ups were powerful take downs. Rods pumping, pulse pounding, instant adrenalin rush's every time..
Even smaller 2 lb. fish were a tussle to get in.
Prior to this explosion of aquatic insect hatches, we were bagging limits of Browns and Bows.
The last couple outings we worked longer, and for less fish.
Fishing pressure has been light, with a spike of activity during the weekends.
Several boats reported a few quality fish over 4 Lbs., this week, including my boat, however most were in the 2 to 3 lb. class.
Mostly Browns and Rainbows, with only one Salmon reported this last week.
The fast action lure appears to have done better than slower presentations the past few days.
Several boats reported their fish coming off Speedy Shiners, in a variety of colors, and basted with Pro-Cure "Trophy Trout" Super Gel.
As more of these insects hatches complete this reproductive pattern, available amounts of this "food event" will diminish a little. That's when slower action rigs will become more effective.
For now fast action, down rigged presentations are the ticket. Even though fish are packed with insects they are still chasing lures.
Right now the whole lake can produce, hit it right and its all good.
Here's some other areas you may want to consider.
Canyon Dam area, and the east shoreline.


4/15/2015

Frenchman Lake Report

Fantastic weather brings fantastic reports and fisherman were hitting it hot at Frenchmans this past week. Turkey Point being the #1 spot and nightcrawlers still remaining the #1 bait of choice.
Friday, April 10th, Kirby & Rod each caught their limit in less than 2 hours fishing at & around Turkey Point. Each fish ranged from 13" to 20" using worms and powerbait of all types.
Saturday April 11th, Rick from Penvalley and 4 friends caught 16 fish together averaging about 16"-20". They were fishing from the boat ramp using worms and short leader.
Two of our local boys, Shane Rogge & David Massey headed up to the lake in the early morning of Saturday April 11th. They caught 6 rainbows fishing at Turkey Point using nightcrawlers. Each fish ranging from 16-20 inches in length. They said that the fish didn't really start biting until about 10 o'clock that morning.
Sunday April 12th, Jenna and Freddy, from chilcoot, caught 2 rainbows at the dam using nightcrawlers each one about 12-16 inches in length.
Monday April 13th, Javier and Ormando from Reno, Nv caught two rainbows averaging 16-18 inches at Frenchmans Campground. They were using salmon eggs & fishing shrimp.
Campground open this Friday, April 17th. Streams open Saturday April 25th.
Please call us for current lake conditions and updates on the fishing - Wiggin's Trading Post (530) 993-4683.


4/12/2015

Lake Almanor Report - Courtesy Doug Neal

Surface temps approaching 55 degrees by mid day. Perfect.
Clarity: Very good about 12 to 13 ft. yesterday.
Lake Almanor looks good, lake levels are very good when you consider some other lakes. 6 more feet and we are about full here.
The last round of snow has Mt. Lassen covered in white.
Expect all conditions around both basins to improve as good weather is in the forecast this week.
Well if you been waiting? wait no mo..Its happening.
This is Lake Almanor at its best.
Moon phase is waning, and the hatches have ramped right back up after that snow and cold wind last week.
East Peninsula, Rec. 1 to A-Frame has been very good. We had limits of Rainbows and Browns before noon, and a few got off too.
The bite was light early, and the fish were small, about 14 to 16 inches.
As we got a little deeper into the morning the bite really went off, and each successive fish has bigger than the last.
There,s no doubt that the "good bite" is holding deep into the afternoon. Pack a sandwich, and a bottle of Barley pop and enjoy the afternoon.
And don't forget some SUNBLOCK!
Even the Smallies are happening, Bass boats are working Catfish Beach, North Shore Campground, and Gould Swamp.
Right now the whole lake can produce. Fish are active as Insect Protein combined with warming water have increased their metabolism 10x.
Here's some other areas you may want to consider.
Hamilton Branch: There's some big fish in this inlet right now, Mostly Rainbows to 5 lbs. Fly fishermen are doing the best with sinking line and mergers.
The east shore:
Trolling from the Dorado Inn to Lake Cove, known for massive hatch activity.
Almanor West, in close early, move out and go deeper as the sun gets higher.
Bailey Springs, good bite, slow troll crawlers. Fly fishing in close to the actual Springs
Fox Farm, in close, slow troll crawlers.
Fast action: 2.8 to 3.2 mph. Remember, The top water early contains more "angled light". Angled light has a higher "Top Water" refraction rate, which means "MORE FLASH" more flash= more fish. After 9:30 am drop down deeper.
Speedy Shiners, 1/6 oz. in silver hammer finish, Silver and Blue, or red and gold. Needle Fish #2 Silver, or white, deeper as the sun climbs and fish are forced deeper.
Most of the good action was down off down rigged Shiners, between 18 to 32 ft. with a generous application of Pro-Cure Trophy Trout Super Gel brushed on...good stuff!
Going Slow: 1 to 1.2 mph, Threaded crawlers, Strike Master Dodgers, with a 1/2 crawler, or Gulp 3" smelt, on a #4 Gamakatsu octopus hook.
If you need any of this stuff? Check out "Ayoobs Hardware" on Main in Chester they got all this stuff, and more.
All public and private ramps are open,
Resort Ramps: Some are not open yet, won't be till mid May.
Good luck to all.
D. NEAL,
Just need a little help? 530-258-6732
I have a few opening April 19th. thru April 22 nd.
and April 27 thru April 30th.
Check out www.almanorfishingadventures.com for rates and other details.


4/8/2015

Frenchman Lake Report

Over the past week, we heard several great reports of fisherman having great luck by the dam and at Frenchmans campground, particularly by the boat ramp and in the coves. The favorite choice of bait appeared to be nightcrawlers, some having better luck inflating them.
On Monday March 30th, Robert & Bride from Reno caught 5 catfish and two trout averaging about 18" in length. They were fishing from the boat ramp using nightcrawlers.
Stephen & John Penrose, also from Reno headed up to the lake this last weekend and caught 6 beautiful rainbows fishing with nightcrawlers at Frenchman Cove. Each fish averages about 25" to 28" in length (See picture!)
Frenchman Lakes campground open up April 17th but the docks are not in although people are getting fishing boats in at the boat ramp. We expect the docks in at the end of April.
Note- Frenchmans upper creeks are almost non-existent and the lower ones are running a little better. A friendly reminder creeks do not open up until April 25th.
Please call us for current lake conditions and updates on the fishing - Wiggin's Trading Post (530) 993-4683.


4/4/2015

Lake Almanor Report - Courtesy Doug Neal

Greetings,
The full moon has not affected the spring bite.
It does in summer, but not springtime. Time to get after them.
Water clarity has really improved, about 10 ft.. Perhaps better, depending where you are on this 28,000 acre Fish Ranch.
Surface temps currently spiking to 52 degrees by mid day.
But hold on! Cuz its gonna snow here for the next several days.
Surface temps will drop, insect hatches will "back down", but still they are ready to "POP"! , and will restart quickly.
Today all the fish we checked were holding more aquatic larva than smelt..Been that way all month.
Here's the latest.
The shallows that have been producing early along the east shore and peninsula is slowing, prepare to move when that bite slows..cuz it will not "re-start" in the shallows.
Fishing deeper now, 8 to 16 ft.. early, with most of the hits coming at 22 to 28 ft. after 8:00 am
The fish have picked up on the abundant insect hatches, are grouping up in areas where ever that "event" is happening, picking them off as they rise. More bugs are going airborne, because of the shear numbers, that are increasing, however most are getting slaughtered closer to the bottom.

Places of interest are places that draw in fish?.. here,s a few suggestions.
The east shore:
From the Dorado Inn to Lake Cove, known for early hatch activity.
East Peninsula, Rec. 1 to A-Frame, we nailed them today.
Almanor West, late launchers will be welcomed by this afternoon activity, leaving more time for late morning pancake consumption.
Bailey Springs, good bite, slow troll crawlers.
Fox Farm, in close, slow troll crawlers.
Right now the whole lake can produce. Fish are active as Insect Protein combined with warming water have increased their metabolism.
Fast action: 2.8 to 3.2 mph. Remember, The top water early contains more angled light. Angled light has a higher "Top Water" refraction rate, which means "MORE FLASH" more flash= more fish.
Speedy Shiners, 1/6 oz. in silver, or red and gold. Needle Fish #2 Silver, or white, deeper as the sun climbs and fish go deeper.
Going Slow: 1 to 1.2 mph, Threaded crawlers, Strike Master Dodgers, with a 1/2 crawler, or Gulp 3" smelt, on a #4 Gamakatsu octopus hook.
If you need any of this stuff? Check out "Ayoobs Hardware" on Main in Chester they got all this stuff, and more.
All public and private ramps are open,
Resort Ramps are not open yet, wont be till mid May.
Good luck to all.
D. NEAL,
Just need a little help?
530-258-6732


4/1/2015

Frenchman Lake Report

With the beautiful weather we had over this past weekend, we had a lot of busy fisherman to catch a lot of hungry fish!

On Wednesday the 25th, a man float tubing caught 7 beautiful trout, each averaging 15-19inches in length in about 45 min! He was using #18 nymphs, fishing around the upper end of the lake.

Friday the 27th, Mike from Cold Springs caught one 16 inch at turkey point & four 8 inch trout on the East side of the lake near Big Cove.

Saturday the 28th, Mikey and Stan caught 7 rainbows while trolling in a boat by the boat the boat ramp. They were using dicknights & fishing off the bottom with nightcrawlers.

On Monday the 30th, a local, Hans Mulgraber, took off for the day to go fishing at Gold Lake. He was trolling about 30 to 40 ft deep using imitation minnow lure & caught an 11lb, 29 inch lake trout- Mackinaw!

Note- Frenchmans upper creeks are almost non-existent and the lower ones are running a little better.
Please call us for current lake conditions and updates on the fishing - Wiggin's Trading Post (530) 993-4683.


3/11/2015

Frenchman Lake Report

Warmer weather is sure bringing in a nice crowd of fisherman. Over the weekend, we have had several good reports of the fishing up at the lake. Last week it was reported that the dam was the hotspot where this week, we have heard very good feed back from anyone that has been fishing in the coves.
James, from Truckee caught two 16-17inch rainbows fly fishing by the boat ramp on a float tube. He was using green "wiggly tails"
March 8th, Isaiah from Reno and three friends caught 14 trout between the four of them each being 16-18inchs in length. They were fishing at Crystal Point using nightcrawlers.
With daylight savings time in effect we expect to have more fisherman with more reports as we gained that extra hour of sunlight and its beginning to look and feel a lot like spring!
Please call us for current lake conditions and updates on the fishing - Wiggin's Trading Post (530) 993-4683.


 

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