Northern CA Freshwater

Slow trolling gets fish at Lake Almanor

By BILL RICE/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jun 21, 2018

CHESTER — Lake Almanor remains full, with little fluctuation from the past few weeks and those who slow down the troll get into the trout, reported John Crotty, owner/guide at Quail Lodge.

Temperatures are rising to the high 60s and Crotty was able to see his downrigger ball at 23 feet. Afternoon winds and lots of boat traffic are making for an early morning bite.

SLOW TROLL ’BOW — Tammi Reynolds of Fortuna caught a nice rainbow at Lake Almanor while slow-trolling a ’crawler off the tip of Rec. 2 in 45 feet of water while fishing with guide Jeff Goodwin.

“We are expecting mild temps, thunder, lightning and more unsettled weather in the afternoons over the next few days. The bite has been very good at times with browns, rainbows and salmon being caught throughout the lake. Boats on anchor and slow trolling are catching fish. We fished four days this past week and caught fish slow trolling ‘crawlers and Gulp! baits in water from 30 to 45 feet deep, targeting fish 20 feet deep and deeper,” said Crotty.

The Hex Hatch has begun on both Almanor and Butte Lakes, with reports of fish caught on dry flies the past few days. If you are a fly fisherman, the Almanor Hex is about to jump into fast gear. For the next three or four weeks evening fly fishing on Almanor can be spectacular. Geritol Cove and the USFS ramp at Prattville are great places to start.

Bank fishermen are also picking up a few fish on cricket and mealworm (Almanor Cocktail) combos. Lots of fish, fishermen and traffic and warming temps can make for hazardous conditions be careful especially in the evening when float tubers, kayaks and pontoon boats are all targeting fish.

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