Almanor Fishing Report Late July and the Dixie Fire

Liam, a TRB friend, gets his long-awaited 6lber

Hello friends of Team Red Boat. This Lake Almanor Fishing Report is a little different. Harder to write than most. Not due to the lack of quality fish produced this month, but because of the obvious chaos the entire region has experienced lately. It has been an emotional and trying time for our friends on the lake. We have some great stories to share and I hope you take the time to read through.

You might have noticed a few ads on the posts. Any spare change that trickles in will be donated to The Lake Almanor Fishing Association.

I don’t fight fires, I catch fish. Preserving my own little patch of Northern California is how I can be most effective. Thank you and enjoy, hope to see you on the water.

Hamilton Branch has been fishing well through it all.

Fishing has been decent through the initial smoke from the Dixie fire. The fish were seeking some fresh air too, and were looking for oxygen and visible food around the inlet. Fishing Lake Almanor can be tough, but if you pay attention to the weather you can catch trout in storms, smoke and stress. Small light-colored fish imitations should work well when fishing Hamilton Branch.

Our long-time Lake Almanor friends and their son Liam were up for a visit. Liam has been after a 6 pound trout since he was able to fish and was as determined as ever to accomplish his goal this year. He and his sister battled through the initial smoke from the Dixie fire, morning after morning catching some nice browns and bows.

After a long and arduous week of being interim First Mate on the Red Boat, Liam finally caught the jaw of a beefy Lake Almanor brown trout. Fishing for these beasts is a passion of ours and of course our guests, but this was a great fight. My dad pulled the anchor and let the young man fight the fish in circles around the boat until they were both tired.

After some water and boat snacks, Liam was energized enough to parade his fish around Camp Prattville. We are so thankful that we get to see their family every year for the last couple of decades. Lake Almanor fishing is amazing, Lake Almanor friends are even better. Which is why we always strive to protect the fish, their habitat, and the surrounding communities. Below we have some images of the Dixie fire and the brave men fighting it. Photo Credits are to Noah Berger, story associated with them is from the AP.

We are thankful for the work Cal Fire is doing, we appreciate the Lassen Hotshots. Thank you for all you do. The first image is of our brave Camp Prattville owners crew set to protect our camp. He is also a local fire chief. Some of the strongest people on earth. We are thinking of them. The rest of the pictures speak for themselves. Dozens of the places we all have been living and enjoying for over a century are destroyed.

Photo: Noah Berger
Photo: Noah Berger
Photo: Noah Berger
Photo: Noah Berger
Photo: Noah Berger
Photo: Noah Berger
Photo: Noah Berger
Photo: Noah Berger
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