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.
Good morning Trophy Trout fishing fans. As of January 1 2019 the long time office phone number (530) 283-4103 will no longer be in use. Please use (530) 370-1001 to get ahold of us. Of course you can always get in touch with us here on the web site www.bigdaddyfishing.com
What a fall season it has been at Eagle Lake. Fly fishing or fly trolling the bite is on, and as you can see from the pictures below the fish have plenty to eat this year. The lake level is still low but much better than several years ago, and fishing fantastic the last two fall seasons. With a larger than average population of Tui Chubs in the lake, the trout haven't had to push into the shallows hard for food yet. Many of the fish we have landed this year have been out over the deeper open water but still close to the surface. The weather has been relatively mild for this time of year, which also might also be a factor in the trout still holding over deeper water. It has really been a pleasure running trips at Eagle Lake this fall and the customers have been pretty pleased with both the quality and the quantity of these hard charging, rod doubling rainbows. The Eagle Lake Rainbow is also on the list for people undertaking the California Heritage Trout Challenge, this fall season we have checked the box for a number of happy customers. Be sure to watch the video below to see some action from a recent fly fishing trip at Eagle Lake.
It has been a while since I have had time to get a report out on the web site. Lately the schedule has been crazy with trips going out every day and splitting time between Almanor and Eagle Lake, so let me bring you up to speed. The fall bite is just continuing to go off here at Lake Almanor with good numbers on a mixed grade of fish, everything from mild to wild! We have been seeing fish from 2 to over 5 pounds with and occasional slob going up to and over the double digit mark. Water temps are cool running in the mid 40's which mean the fish are shallow looking for food all over the lake. The east side, west side and the north end are all kicking out fish right now. The tactics and baits are also all over the place fish are being caught on slow pulled software as well as fast trolled hardware but most are being caught in the top 10 feet of the water column. What blast, big hookups, fish blasting out of the water and back in only to make a screaming run. Light tackle trophy trout action!
And be sure to check out the video below of a monster Brown recently caught and released.
The Fall fishing at Eagle Lake has been fantastic, with some of the best yet to come. The fish have been shallow for about a month now, and are aggressively feeding and whacking our baits. While Eagle Lake is open to fishing from Memorial weekend to December 31st, people know that October and November are prime months to get in on some of the best Eagle Lake has to offer. We have been fishing multiple locations around the lake while working our Jay Fair flies on custom fly trolling setups that put our flies in the right spot with the right action to entice these big hot Rainbows to crush them. For those of you looking to check off your California Heritage Trout or California Fishing Passport, let us help you, now is the time. There are still dates available in November for either fly trolling or fly casting trips, contact us asap to reserve your date.
The great fall fishing continues here at Lake Almanor, with fish of all kinds chasing bait and aggressively feeding. Recently as the temps have started to cool the bait (pond smelt) has spread to many areas of the lake, meaning you have a lot of options on both how and where you can fish and find success. We are seeing water holding bait and fish from 10 to 50 feet deep from the south end by the dam all the way to Chester and Hamilton Branch to Plumas Pines fish and bait are literally everywhere. Rainbows and King Salmon are still making up the majority of our catch but we are seeing more and more Browns every day with fish running 2.5 to over 6 pounds. Check out the slow motion release video of a big Brown below. We have been getting most of our action still running slow action software but it looks like the fast action bite is just around the corner. And flies, lets not forget about the fantastic bites we get both trolling and casting flies this time of year.
Eagle lake is also getting into the fall swing, with good bites happening every day and the best action still ahead of us this year. It is all about fall Trophy Trout action at Almanor and Eagle Lake so stay tuned and buckle up its going to be a wild season. If you don't already have you dates locked down contact us today there are still a few open days in October and November has plenty of room.
The fall fishing is underway at Lake Almanor featuring beautiful crisp mornings followed by warm afternoons and loaded with fantastic Trophy Trout action. We are currently seeing a mixed bag of fish featuring big thick Rainbows, some hot Kings Salmon and a few bruiser Browns. It is strictly a bait affair on the lake right now as the fish chase the schools of pond smelt up and down the east shore as well as many areas along the peninsula. Once these trout and salmon have the bait balled up they are aggressively going on the chomp. We have seen single, double, triple and even quad hookups that make for exciting action at the back of the boat. The size of these fish have been running from 2 to over 6 pounds and are providing outstanding battles on our light tackle, rods doubled over and lots of line going out! We have just a few days left available this month if you are looking to get in on the action.
On the near horizon we will begin running Eagle Lake charters early in October and will be focusing on both Almanor and Eagle for the months of October and November. Two of Northeastern California's top Trophy Trout destinations, if you have never experienced them this time of year, contact us today to lock down your dates.
Capt. Bryan Roccucci
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