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Lake Almanor Fishing Report, March 1, 2015

Well it looks like we have left the winter bite behind us and moved right into the spring action, despite a little winter storm that moved in.  Following another week of unseasonable warm afternoons and rising water temps, a little front pushed through the last couple of days bringing light rain moderate winds and even a little snow to Lake Almanor.  The storm served to push back the water temps into the low 40ís even during the afternoons. Previously the water temps had been as high as 48 degrees later in the day. The fish didnít seem to mind as the spring time Brown Trout action just kept right on going. This is somewhat of a transition period for the lake, over the course of the last week the fish have been moving into more traditional spring patterns and for us that means Browns in the shallows. We have been working various areas along the east shore of the lake that have been holding good amounts of feed and Browns. The fish have been responding by hammering our black and silver Rapalas and putting up spectacular battles. The fish have been running from 2 to 6 pounds with an occasional nice Rainbow showing up in the 4 pound range. This is some of the most exciting action of the year and it is just getting started.

Lake Almanor Fishing Report, February 20, 2015

The winter bite continues strong here at Lake Almanor even though it feels like spring. The un-seasonably warm weather has the lake ahead of schedule for 2015 with water temps starting around 44 degrees and going up to 48 degrees during these bright, sunny and windless days. The fish are seeming to have their fins in both seasons, with our winter tactics still producing solid results as well as fish starting to show up in spring patterns. The east shore of the lake is still providing us most of our action but at different times and locations every day. Pond smelt are still the primary food source and the fish are taking advantage of them whenever they can. These bait fish are in great shape this year, one recent 5 pound Brown spit out several on the back deck of my boat as I was un-hooking him; measured out the smelt were 3.5 inches long! The Arctic Fox tube fly still continues to be our number one fish producer, in some cases when the "feed" is on, these baits are bringing 10 fish an hour!!! Rapalas have also been getting hammered by mostly browns, along the east shore. The overall catch has been made up of a mix of Browns and Bows running 2 to 5 pounds. Look for the solid action to continue as the forecast is showing a stable weather pattern. While it is nice to enjoy this beautiful weather, we are hoping winter is not over yet.

 

 

Joe White of Pinole CA shows off 10 pounds of trout caught at Lake Almanor. A 5 pound Bow and a 5 pound Brown both hit the Arctic Fox Tube Fly along Almanor's east shore.

 

Lake Almanor Fishing Report, February 2, 2015

Welcome to the winter of 2015.... or not. The lack of winter weather over  the last several weeks have given us the perfect opportunity to get out on the waters of Lake Almanor and take advantage of a solid winter trout bite. The action has been taking place along Almanor's east shoreline as the trout herd up the lake's population of Pond Smelt and feed. Browns and Bows from 2 to 6 pounds have been hammering our baits as we work in and around groups of actively feeding trout. Running baits like Arctic Fox Tube Flies and minnow soft plastics have been producing single, double and even triple hookups on these quality fish. Now is a great time to take advantage of great fishing and light traffic at the lake.

Browns

Bows

Smelt

End of Year Fishing Report Re-cap, December 30, 2014
 
Here is hoping you had great holidays with family and friends and looking forward to new year celebrations. 2014 was another great year of fishing here in Northeastern California. Winter and spring saw great results from Lake Almanor with solid numbers of big Browns and some crazy King Salmon bites. Despite the low water, Bucks Lake gave up some more Trophy Mackinaw and had an unbelievable Kokanee bite that lasted all summer long. Lake Tahoe did not disappoint, providing endless beauty along with great Mackinaw and Kokanee action. While the fall bite at Almanor was a bit disappointing, Eagle Lake took up the slack with some of the wildest fishing of the year, from September to December providing 20 to 50 fish each morning. Thank you to all the clients that came out and spent time on the water with us in 2014 we look forward to seeing you on the water in 2015.
 
The Sacramento International Sportsmen's Expo will be at Cal-Expo January 8-11 2015 This is the biggest and best show in Northern California and is a great way to kick off your year with everything outdoors. Big Daddy's Guide Service will again have the regular booth #3434 in the Pavilion Building. Stop by the booth to say hello, swap some fish stories, check out pictures and videos and take advantage of booking your next trip at "Show Special" prices.
 
Thanks again for another great year in 2014 and tight lines in 2015.

Eagle Lake Fishing Report, December 1, 2014

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, spending time with family and friends. I took a quick break from fishing for the holiday; following way to much food and a successful mission to whack a beautiful silver tip Christmas tree it was back to Eagle for some outstanding trout fishing. The last two weeks the lake has continued to produce great numbers of quality fish both from the boat and on the fly rods. The fish have not been holding in the shallows as long as they had been in previous weeks, so for the fly trips a good shallow grab was short lived in the mornings. The key to keeping on active fish was to fish locations that not only offered shallow structure but also had near by deep water drop offs. The morning conditions have, for the most part, been really good, however afternoon winds have sometimes been the deciding factor in calling it a day. The boat trips have been chalking up big numbers almost everywhere on the lake, or at least in the South basin. In the last two weeks I have had lines in the water at the Youth Camp, Slough Point, Shrimp Island, Wildcat Point, Pikes Point, Ronald McDonald, Eagles Nest and Miners Bay and all have given up fish. You get the idea, fish are everywhere. All of our action has been close to the surface with gear running in the top 6 feet on the outriggers and Cannon Downriggers. Most days I have been starting off the mornings with both orange and watermelon grubs out, some days one gets hit better than the other, and some days the fish just keep slamming both. It looks like these last trips have brought me to the end of a phenomenal  Eagle Lake season for 2014. The dock at the south boat launch has now been pulled by the forest service making launching impossible for myself as well as any other larger boat. For those of you with small boats and shore anglers you have a little less than a month left and plenty of fish willing to bite.

Stay tuned to the reports and your email box for Captain's Club members as I will be giving away some things including free tickets to the Sacramento ISE show coming up next month. If you are not already a member of the Captain's Club go HERE and sign up for the best chance to win.

Eagle Lake Fishing Report, November 16, 2014

The bite at Eagle Lake continues to "Go Off" every day that I have been on the water. The weather this fall has been fairly mild, traffic on the lake has been light and the bite has been Fantastic!! Seems like there are plenty of fish just about anywhere you go on the lake most recently we have been concentrating our efforts on the west side of the lake with both the light tackle trolling trips as well as fly fishing. On the boat trips we are still seeing 20 to 30 fish days working the top 6 feet of the water column. The exact color bait the fish hit best may change from day to day, but lately orange has been producing the most action. The latest cool down in the weather has also forced numbers of fish into the shallows in search of food like snails and shrimp, the perfect opportunity to hammer them with the fly rods. The mornings have been best from shore when the fish are in tight, well within casting range. Late morning the fish have been moving out working deeper structure for their food. Wiggle tails in rust, orange, and olive have all been working as well as flies like Arctic Fox's Marabou Minnow. Look for this great fall bite to continue as we continue through November.

Eagle Lake Fishing Report, October 24, 2014
The last several weeks have seen some outstanding fishing at the lake. Most mornings have us releasing quite a few fish and keeping the cream of the crop for the limits. 20 to 25 fish mornings have been the general rule, and that is "Top Notch" trout fishing by anyone's standards. Just when I though the bite was at its peak, Eagle Lake shifted into high gear! On Fire, Wide Open and Stellar, are just a few of the words being used to describe the current action at the lake, oh yeah, I almost forgot this description. "We are hooking so many fish this is almost not relaxing" A nice problem to have. Those 20 to 25 fish mornings have now turned into 30 to 35 fish and then some, with a good number of larger (over 3 pound) fish starting to show. The fish are near the surface, actively and aggressively chasing the tui chubs. Dark colored, and bright colored soft plastics are literally getting "worn out", some days one working better than the other and some days both getting hit. Double Hook-ups, Triple Hook-ups and even Quadruple Hook-ups!! Why haven't we hooked 5 at a time? Well I'm only running 4 rods of course, and keeping all 4 rods in the water at the same time is almost impossible with the bite this strong. If you have been wondering when is a good time to hit Eagle Lake for some action, that time is now! Email me, Call me or lock down some dates via the web site whatever works best for you, but don't miss your chance at getting in on this (I'm lost for descriptive words here) "RIDICULOUSLY OFF THE CHARTS" trout bite going on now at Eagle Lake. I have some availability during the next few weeks.
I look forward to seeing you on the water,

Here are a couple shots from yesterday, had to snap them quick as we were trying to get the fish back in the water asap. Click to enlarge.

Some of the information in the preceding report was made available to members of "The Captains Club" mailing list a week ago, as a result several groups of fisherman were able to jump on board and take advantage of this hot bite. If you are not a member of The Captains Club and would like to keep informed on what's going on in the world of Trophy Trout and Kokanee fishing at some of the most beautiful locations Northern California has to offer please Click Here

Eagle Lake Fishing Report, September 20, 2014

It is time to get back to Trophy Trout Fishing and Fall is here. Eagle lake has been fishing absolutely outstanding in recent weeks with catch rates at 10 fish per hour in the mornings. Despite the water still being a little on the warm side (67 degrees) the fish are up shallow and actively feeding on the lake's population of Tui Chub minnows. We have been getting fish on both the east and west sides and for the last few days the bite has been unchanged. Today we got off to a little bit of a slower start with only a couple of hook-ups in the first hour but we pushed just a little further north and got on the fish. We finished up landing 6 limits of nice fish with the two biggest being 3 pounds 7 oz. Look for this bite to only get better as the waters cool.

Lake Tahoe Fishing Report, September 10, 2014

The Kokanee bite here at Tahoe is still going strong, we have been pulling 4 to 6 limits a day generally by about 10:30 in the morning. Some of the makes are starting to show a little change in their jaws as we get closer to spawn time but the fish are in great shape. Lets hope there will be enough water in Taylor Creek for a successful spawn and egg take.

Bucks Lake Fishing Report, August 30, 2014

One of the best Kokanee bites in recent years continues here at Bucks Lake. Despite the lower water the fishing is as good as it gets with most days providing early limits of the spunky salmon. Generally we have been boating near limits for everyone on board then pulling off of the Kokanee grounds to go in search of Browns and Bows with a good grade of trout in the 17 inch range showing up. Some of the Kokanee are just starting to show a little change as we move closer to fall and their spawn but none with heave color yet and the meat looks great.

Lake Tahoe Fishing Report, July 20, 2014

The 2014 Kokanee fest continues here at Lake Tahoe. We have been departing mostly from Cave Rock for the Kokanee trips putting us much closer to the Kokanee action than the normal North Shore departure, a shorter boat ride mean faster to the grounds and faster on the fish. The catch has been made up of Kokes ranging from the average 14 inch models all the way up to the big boys going 21 inches and up to 4 pounds. These bigger Kokanee are hard charging and sometimes hard to land with some spectacular aerial acrobatics. We still have several months ahead of this great Kokanee action at one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Bucks Lake Fishing Report, June 25, 2014

The last few weeks at Bucks have seen the Mackinaw bite slow way down to the point that I'm not fishing for them any more. Not unusual, by early June they have had enough harassment and will transition to their lazy summer mode. The Kokanee however are coming on strong and the bite is as wide open as it gets. Now these fish aren't huge but they are fun to catch on the light gear and plentiful, providing outstanding action on the boat and in my opinion are the best eating fish in the lake. A new addition this year in the Kokanee arsenal has been the 4 inch "Double Supercharged UV" flashes from our friends at ProTroll, the Kokanee here at Bucks wont leave them alone. I'm liking this new color, and as a side note, Kings at Almanor also seem to like this flasher. Coming up in the next few weeks will be Kokanee charters at Lake Tahoe.

Lake Davis Fishing Report, June 5, 2014

Wide Open!!! That is the best description for the Rainbow bite currently going on at Davis. The fish have been moving around a little bit but the bite is on! As the waters have warmed under bright skies and light winds some fish have started to move into deeper water but our best bites have been shallow. Today we worked our way up the lake to the north, finally settling in just off of the entrance to Lightning Tree and found the shallows loaded with fish. It was a bite every 5 minuets or so with multiple double hook ups and even a triple grab. This is light tackle Rainbow fishing at its best.

Bucks Lake Fishing Report, May 20, 2014

The Trophy Mackinaw bite has been a little up and down but overall pretty solid. We are still scoring good numbers of fish on most days running from 10 to 17 pounds with a few more topping the 20 pound mark. Kokanee, and Rainbows have also started to make a pretty good showing and days when we have fished for them. I also ran a few charters at Lake Davis last week. The ramp at Honker Cove is still closed down and with the water level low Camp 5 is the only option for launching. The Rainbow bite at Lake Davis has been pretty good this spring and is just now winding up into high gear.

Bucks Lake Fishing Report, May 1, 2014

Bucks has opened early this year, no surprise, we didn't have much of a winter this year and the lake level reflects that. The water is down but on the rise slowly and the ramp at Lakeshore Resort is long but useable. It always kills me to leave a solid spring bite at Almanor but those feeling last only until the first big Mackinaw of the season is on the line and that took about 10 minuets into the first troll of the season. The last few weeks the Macks have been hooking up and we already have several fish over the 20 pound mark, as well as some nice early morning Browns up to 6 pounds. Look for this early season bite to continue for the rest of the month as we search for the next Trophy Mack.

Lake Almanor Fishing Report, April 15, 2014

Back out in the open water on the hunt for trophy Almanor fish. The last few weeks have seen us switch out of the shallows and back to deeper waters that have been producing huge amounts of bug hatches. The fish have started to pack up in these areas taking advantage of the easy food as well as hammering our fast trolled baits. We are scoring good fish at all depths from the surface to the bottom and just about everywhere in between. The catch has been a mix of Bows and Kings from 2.5 to 5 pounds with a few Browns showing up as well.

Lake Almanor Fishing Report, March 30, 2014

We have Browns! and a little much needed precipitation here at Lake Almanor. Here what's been happening out on the water. The beautiful spring weather was pushed out by a cold front that moved through the area over the weekend. The front brought some rain and even a little snow to Lake Almanor (I had about 2 inches of the white stuff at Canyon Dam Boat Launch on Sunday morning) In addition to the moisture we saw an increase in SW winds but certainly nothing that was going to stop us from the pursuit of Trophy Browns, in fact the winds were generally light until about 10:30 each morning, totally fishable. The surface temp lost a few degrees due to the front which is actually a good thing, and should keep the big browns on the chew. Despite the drop in surface temps, large bug hatches continue to pop all along Almanor's east shore as well as the peninsula, providing yet another good source of food for these already obese Almanor fish. The storm also brought a drop in traffic to the lake, that said, there were still a fair amount of people out taking advantage of the opportunities both in boats and from shore.

Our catch has been 95% Browns with a few Kings as well as a few big Bows in the mix. With Browns running 3 to 7.5 pounds, Kings that are 20 inches and over 3 pounds as well as Bows going 3 to 5 pounds this is some exciting spring action. The Quest for Big Browns in 2014 continues, stay tuned, more are on the way. Enjoy the pictures click them to see a larger view.

 

Another Big Almanor Brown Trout for Beth

Sending this Almanor Brown Trout back to get even larger

Lake Almanor Fishing Report, March 21, 2014

The Spring Brown Bite Continues! Got a few minuets in the office and wanted to throw out a quick update. The beautiful spring weather has the Almanor Browns in high gear and aggressively hammering out baits, sending many of them completely airborne. The quality of the fish has been outstanding this season, probably due to the massive amount of feed in the form of Pond Smelt these fish have been eating. To give you an idea we are seeing some fish break the 5 pound mark at 22 inches in length, and break the 7 pound mark at only 25 inches. Those are some thick fish. Here are some trophies from recent "Brown Hunting Adventures" Enjoy the pictures and I will see you on the water.

Lake Almanor Fishing Report, March 11, 2014

Browns, Browns, Browns!!!! Have I got your attention? The Almanor spring Brown Bite is on and we are taking advantage of it. This is some of the most exciting fishing of the year with big tough Browns slamming out baits while the rod is in your hand. Lets re-cap the recent weeks of fishing. As the temps have been mild and most days warmer these fish have kicked into spring mode. Most days have been outstanding fishing for these trophies with solid numbers of hook ups and fish running from 3 to 6 pounds. That said, this is fishing, and in the spirit of full disclosure, there have been a few tough days on the water, where weather, wind and water conditions have had me working over time to get some fish hooked up, but over all the bite is about as good as it gets. In addition to the Browns we are seeing just a few really nice Rainbows and a few Smallmouth Bass or "SMB's", and while not the intended targets, they are sure fun to catch. If you have been waiting to get in on some of this spring time brown action, now is the time. I do have a few days available but they are going fast.

Beth's Biggest Brown 6 lbs.

Beautiful Browns

Browns in the Rain

Jake likes it

An Ocassional Big Bow

Big "SMB"

First Brown of the morning, not a bad way to start.

Lake Almanor Fishing Report, February 13, 2014

The east shore is where it is at! Mother Nature gave us a little boost in the precip totals by sending in a pretty good storm over the last weekend bringing much needed rain to the Almanor basin. Those of you who have read these reports in the past, know rain and snow generally doesn't stop me from getting charters out but this storm was packing some pretty good winds as well that made the lake un-fishable so I had to postpone a couple of days until the front cleared. Early in the week we hit the water under a mostly clear sky and almost zero wind and mild temperatures. The biggest weather event we had to deal with this week was lots of thick fog. The Lowrance radar really got a work out, one of the days we fished in heavy fog all day with it only lifting as we were headed back into the docks. I started fishing along the east shore at a couple of my favorite spots and found plenty of fish chasing smelt right on the surface. Despite the good number of fish in the area we were only hooking a few Rainbows and the bites as well as the fish activity faded quickly. Time for "Plan B"  We ran up the east side near Hamilton Branch, despite the increased flows out of the powerhouse the water only had a slight stain to it. Certainly fishable. I began marking fish shallow as well as deep so we took a split approach, Arctic Fox Flies up top on the outriggers and spoons down deep on the Cannon Downriggers and the rewards started stacking up. Over the course of the week we managed to hammer a mix of Browns, Bows and Kings from 2 pounds to just over 23 inches and 5 pounds. The surprise of the trips was the quality of the King Salmon, we caught several 15 inch models but most of them were 19 to 19.5 inches and fat, just in incredible shape for this time of year and a hell of a lot of fun to fight on the light tackle. This is winter time trout fishing at its best.

Big Bow

Nice King Salmon

Lake Almanor Fishing Report, February 1, 2014

The winter trout bite at Lake Almanor is happening now! We hit the water for looking for some quality Almanor fish, and we were not disappointed with our mix of mostly Rainbows and a few Browns, all thick "chunks" running 2.5 to 3.5 pounds and loaded with loaded with pond smelt. Traffic was light on the lake as we only saw several other boats late in the morning on our run from the dam to Big Springs. That may have been due to the cold morning temps or Super Bowl preparations or a little of both, either way we basically had the lake to ourselves. The morning bite was best, and in addition to the fish that were hammering our rods there were plenty of others tailing on the surface chasing smelt and gorging themselves. Our hottest action came on Arctic Fox Tube Flies in the Pond Smelt pattern (go figure) fished from the surface to 15 feet. We also landed fish on orange pattern fly as well as soft plastic smelt imitations. I'm a firm believer in using scent on all my artificial baits so all of these offerings were enhanced with Pro-Cure's Trophy Trout Gel, although at the cold 38 degree water temp the scent releases very slowly but I still like to run it. Look for the great winter bite to continue as we go through the month.

 

Nice Brown

Another in the net!

Fat Bow


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