Spring continues to roll on here at Lake Almanor, or does it? While the calendar might say spring some days seem more like winter here on the lake. One thing is for sure, there will be no shortage of water this year. Recently conditions have been variable and have found us fishing in just about every kind of weather condition from sunny and flat to snow and rain. While the weather has been a bit unsettled the fishing has been fairly consistent and putting smiles on a lot of faces. Our catch has been made up of a mix of Browns and Bows depending on when and where we have been fishing. The fish are well distributed all over the waters of Almanor, and recent trips have had us catching fish close to the Dam, all the way to Chester and along both the east and west shores. The Bows and Browns have been ranging in size from 2.5 to over 7 lbs with a lot of fish in the 4 to 5 pound class. If you don't have a date yet not to worry there are some open dates coming up in April. Contact us to reserve your spot today.
Check out some of our recent release footage of Trophy Browns.
We have had a few ups and downs over the last week of fishing here at Lake Almanor. Winter wants to hold on but spring keeps knocking at the door, some days have seen bright sun and blue skies as well as snow showers sometimes only separated by a few minutes. The bite, over all has been pretty good (we did have one tough day) with the lake giving up both Browns and Rainbows to 6 pounds. We have found fish all over the lake, and I have the fuel bill to prove it, some of our moving around had to do with finding actively feeding fish to target and other times "Plan A" had to be changed due to ice formation that locked us out of certain areas. All that said 2019 fishing operations are well underway and it looks like it is going to be another fantastic year. If you are looking for dates, especially this spring, contact us as soon as possible and get locked in, the calendar is filling up.
Watch below as we release a nice Brown.
Also this week, I had an opportunity to take John and Beth by the Almanor Fishing Association fish pens located in Hamilton Branch. I just happed to be speaking with AFA president John Crotty on the phone while he was on the pens, so we dropped in for a tour and to check out the growth of both the Rainbows and the Browns currently being raised. The fish are looking fantastic and growing well, they will be released into the lake later this spring.
Most fishermen put a lot of thought into their day of fishing. A little pre-planning of your time on the boat ramp can go a long way to getting your day off to a good start.
A few things to consider at the boat ramp:
Have your boat ready to launch when you pull on to the ramp. Things such as covers, straps, motors, and fishing gear should be taken care of in the parking lot. Remember to put in your plug.
If it happens to be dark while you are launching, turn off your headlights while backing down the ramp. There is nothing worse than trying to back your boat down a ramp while being blinded by the person in the next lane who left his lights on. If you are flying solo, try to pull your boat as far down the dock as possible. This will usually allow enough room for someone to launch in front of you while you park your vehicle and further speed things along for everyone at the ramp. On the flip side, when you are coming off the water pull your boat as far forward as you can, allowing other boats coming in a place to land or at least drop someone off. Remember to put in your plug.
Keep in mind, some people are faster at launching and recovering than others. There are multi person "teams", with one driving the truck, and the other the boat, that may not even have to tie off the boat to the dock and are often times the quickest in and out. Then there are a lot, like myself, who are most of the time alone and will have to tie off then return to the boat after parking the truck. We all have our little routine we go through, give people plenty of room and time to accomplish it. Remember to put in your plug.
Finally, a little common courtesy goes along way. We all want to get on the water as fast as possible to get our chance at those trophy fish. Nothing can ruin the day faster than an incident at the boat ramp. And yes, remember to put in your plug.
Capt. Bryan Roccucci
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