About Lake AlmanorLake Almanor, in California, is a beautiful place for family’s to enjoy camping, trophy fishing, boating and water sports, hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, and more. It is the 8th largest lake in California, so it has plenty of space to roam out on the water. Lake Almanor has something to do in every season, with a beautiful backdrop of mountains and pine trees. Lake Almanor FishingLake Almanor is a trophy trout fishery, with both rainbow trout and brown trout to target, as well as landlocked king salmon, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and sacramento perch. Minnows and other fish include the sacramento sucker, carp, sculpin, tui chub, and pond smelt. Fishing really starts to pick up in the spring as the water starts to warm up. Some of the top spots to catch fish on Lake Almanor is along either side of the peninsula, or in Big Springs Cove. Another great bet if you plan to do some trolling is to troll along the east shore and by the dam, or near the jetties to the Forest Service boat ramp on the west shore. It is also good fishing by the powerhouse, in the Hamilton Branch, and around Prattville other water inlets. If you are looking to target the Smallmouth Bass, they hide out around the stumps on the south shore, as well as the rocky banks on the north side. A great spot for Catfish, perfectly named, is at Catfish Beach.Beautiful Lake Almanor VideoLocation and Directions:Lake Almanor is located in Chester, CA in Plumas County. The drive from Sacramento, California to Lake Almanor via Hwy 32 is 150 miles, and will take you about 3 hours. There are 3 routes into Lake Almanor, Hwy 32 , Hwy 36 and Hwy 70. If you are traveling from Reno, Nevada, it is about 125 miles and a little over 2 hours via Hwy 395.Fish Planting Schedule from CA Department of Fish and WildlifeCDFW Fish Planting ScheduleLake Almanor MapLake Almanor DetailsLake Size: 28,257 AcresMax Depth: 90 FeetLength: 13 MilesShoreline: 55 MilesManaged By: PG&ELake Surface Elevation: 4,505 FeetAverage High Air Temp: Spring: 57 DegreesSummer:80 DegreesFall: 63 DegreesWinter: 42 DegreesAverage Summer Surface Water Temp: 75 DegreesLake Almanor Lake Water Level Water LevelFishing RegulationsCalifornia Freshwater Sport Fishing RegulationsTrophy Trout and Bass SpoonsFishing at Lake AlmanorFishermen can do very well fishing from a boat, as well as from the shore on Lake Almanor.Fish Species at Lake AlmanorRainbow TroutBrown Trout Landlocked King SalmonSmallmouth BassLargemouth BassChannel CatfishSacramento PerchRainbow TroutLake Almanor is a great trophy rainbow trout fishery. The best way to target trophy trout is to find them on your fishfinder, and start trolling on a downrigger with a Kastmaster’s, needlefish, wedding ring’s tipped with a minnow or a worm, trout spoons, small apex, small stickbaits that are silver or rainbow trout pattern, and small flatfish. The best fishing for rainbow trout is along either side of the peninsula, or in Big Springs Cove. Another great bet if you plan to do some trolling is to troll along the east shore and by the dam, or near the jetties to the Forest Service boat ramp on the west shore. It is also good fishing by the powerhouse, in the Hamilton Branch, and around Prattville other water inlets. Largemouth BassIn the spring and summer months the Largemouth Bass action picks up on Lake Almanor. The bass will get super hungry after their early summer spawn and will attack just about anything you throw at them. The best bets are spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, soft baits, and crankbaits. Best fishing areas would be around the boat docks, submerged structures, rocks, and submerged vegetation, and off the points. Smallmouth BassIf you are looking to target the Smallmouth Bass, they hide out around the stumps on the south shore, as well as the rocky banks on the north side. Perch and PanfishPerch can be caught around the docks, rocky areas, weeds, and submerged vegetation, as well as around under water structures using worms, crickets, live minnows, jigs, fly’s, small soft plastics, and small spinners and spinnerbaits will work best. Crappie can be found in the shallows.Channel CatfishChannel catfish are best fished in the summer. Catfish can be found in the coves and the rocks. Chicken livers, sardines, clams, catfish bait, and mini crawlers will do the trick. Catfish will bite during the day, and at night. A great spot for Catfish, perfectly named, is at Catfish Beach.Great Lures for Largemouth BassSoft Bait Lures for Fishing at Lake AlmanorBait and Tackle Shop by Lake AlmanorSierra's Fly & TackleHunting & Fishing Supply3820 County Rd A13, Westwood, CA 96137Phone: (530) 596-3820Lake Almanor CampgroundsLassen National Forest Lake Almanor CampgroundRocky Point CampgroundVagabond Lake Front RV Resort & MarinaWilson’s Camp PratvilleNorth Shore CampgroundLake Cove Resort RV CampgroundLake Almanor Resorts and Marina’sBig Cove ResortKnotty Pine Resort and MarinaLake Almanor Fishing Guides and Fishing Charter BoatsThere are many different fishing guides that offer guided fishing trips on Lake Almanor. FishingBooker is a service of local guides that you can choose from and schedule your next guided fishing trip. Click below to learn more about the different guides that offer guided fishing trips on Lake Almanor, or any other area you are interested in going on a guided fishing trip or fishing charter boat. Book Your Next Lake Almanor Fishing Trip by Clicking BelowShop for fishing tackle in ourFishing Gear and Tackle store.Cottages and Vacation Home Rentals around Lake Almanor in CAThese two listings are an example of what is available, click either vacation rental below for a complete list of rental homes and cottages available. Disclosure: This post is brought to you by the Mendenhall Outdoors team. We highlight products and services that you might find interesting. We frequently receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. 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