As our Fishbrain feed over @teamredboat begins to come to life with the Spring season we begin to turn our attention to the water and weather conditions. The Spring smallmouth populations are beginning to activate and will commence with spawning over the next couple of months. This is a great time to start fishing Senkos, ned rigs, and jigs around docks, points, and jetties if you are hunting bronzebacks.
Lake levels will continue to rise if we are blessed by another wet Spring. Water temperatures are hovering around 40 degrees and water visibility is still 5 to 8 feet. Light precipitation has been coming through periodically. We have noticed some anglers having more success near Hamilton Branch as the incoming water begins to clear. A few rare and large browns have been reported by trollers.
The Lake Almanor Fishing Association folks had some success out there targeting salmon in 45 feet of water. With 300,000 salmon planted in the last two years, we hope this year is productive for these feisty fish.
The strategy for trout at this time of year will consist of trial and error, data collection, and being in the right place at the right time. Feel free to leave us a comment and let us know how the fish are biting for you, and sign up with your email address to become a member of Team Red Boat.
**The Canyon Dam boat ramp is the only public ramp available at this time. Please plan your trip accordingly.**