Lake 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 Fishing
Lake 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.
Lake Almanor Fishing Guides
There 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. If you would like to learn the fishing secrets and tips from a local fishing guide, Book A Fishing Guide On Lake Almanor Today!
Lake Almanor Location 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.
Lake 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 Bass Fishing At Lake Almanor
In 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 Bass Fishing At Lake Almanor
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.
Perch and Panfish Fishing At Lake Almanor
Perch 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 Catfish Fishing At Lake Almanor
Channel 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.
Bait and Tackle Shop by Lake Almanor
Sierra's Fly & Tackle 3820 County Rd A13, Westwood, CA 96137 Phone: (530) 596-3820
Cottages and Vacation Home Rentals At Lake Almanor, CA
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