Lake Almanor Fishing Report

Lake Almanor - CA (Plumas County)

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Big Daddy Guide Service

by Big Daddy

Spring has sprung, or has it, here at Lake Almanor. Calm warming waters with sunny days and mild afternoons sure might have you thinking that. In fact about the only clue that it still might be winter is the cool morning temperatures ranging in the mid to high 20's and the fairly cool water temperatures still hovering in the upper 30's getting as high as the low 40's at the surface under flat sunny conditions. The fish have been actively  feeding on Almanor's pond smelt population. Recent trips have produced good numbers of a mix of Browns and Bows from 2 to nearly 9 pounds, with the vast majority of the fish falling in the 3 to 4 pound range. The bite has been lighting up at various areas around the lake as the hungry trout push up and gorge themselves on the bait fish. We have been hooking fish at places like the East Shore, Hamilton Branch and both sides of the peninsula on a variety of minnow imitating baits. This is pretty much textbook winter fish activity, fish spread out hunting food all over the lake and feeding basically from the surface to the bottom depending on the location. This is the beginning of what is sure to be another fantastic trophy trout season here at Lake Almanor. Now is a great time to take advantage of the unseasonably nice weather and get in on some of the best winter trout fishing northern California has to offer, limited dates are available. Don't miss your chance, contact us today (530) 370-1001 or through the web site at and to keep up on the most current events remember to follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram and YouTube) @bigdaddysguideservice.
I look forward to seeing you on the water
​Capt Bryan

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