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PTownViper
07-18-2008, 03:41 PM
I am heading to Lake Almanor next week and am interested if the fishing has been good. I am planning on trolling the lake, so I am looking for some tips as to what is working, what depths and speeds.

Thanks for the feedback in advance.
PTown Viper

Jetspray
07-19-2008, 06:16 AM
Burbon color Rapala's work well this time of year, but check water condtions first....Jetspray

achin2fish
07-21-2008, 05:50 PM
ok...i have heard that those trophy stick luers really work good also try some rapalas along the west shore from pratville up towards almanor west in the am....also along the east shore from the canyon dam launch...and in the evening time down at canyon dam in gerital cove!!!! good luck and let me know how you do ...... 8-)

chicofishrmen
07-21-2008, 08:01 PM
I am heading to Lake Almanor next week and am interested if the fishing has been good. I am planning on trolling the lake, so I am looking for some tips as to what is working, what depths and speeds.

Thanks for the feedback in advance.
PTown Viper

I haven't been in awhile, but if I were you I'd fish crickets off the bottom by the springs!
http://www.newspapersites.net/Newspaper/redding-record-searchlight.asp
I've done good in the past on small (1") silver black and orange/gold rapalas. Good luck and let us know how you do!

OHV
07-22-2008, 01:40 PM
I am also planning on going to the lake in a few weeks or so with a bunch of relatives. Although I am taking the boat, the problem is that i doubt with that many people i will have the time to go fishing. >:(

Shot-Gun
07-22-2008, 02:00 PM
for those that don't believe crickets work, I had the great pleasure of watching my buddy's son catch this a couple of weeks ago:


http://www.redding.com/news/2008/jul/17/no-headline---outphoto17/


We had three boats, each caught 20-30 browns/rainbows, mostly from 2-4 lbs, during the week in 25-40 ft of water. *No secret spots, just look for a gentle slop that drops into deeper water (50-55 ft).

zhands
07-22-2008, 04:02 PM
Jointed blue-silver, silver-black and black-gold rapalas and rebels
Here are a few links I had saved in case you or someone else might need them. Good luck catching some fun.

Interactive Map
http://www.ronmartinrealty.com/lake_almanor/map/Lake-Almanor-Map-for-Website.pdf

http://www.plumasnews.com/categories.edi?sel=newindex&catid=97.

http://www.bigdaddyfishing.com/report.htm

Almanor 4/10-4/12 w/pics *04/15/08 at 4:41am *
http://www.fishsniffer.com/cgi-bin/forumsyabb/YaBB.pl?num=1208187507/0


My cabin was yards from my only boat in the marina. * ;D
I was fortunate enough experience the catch of a 3lb bass and 3lb Gawker native Brown, both on a Rebel jointed. My Dad's old plugs. I never did that before. My first real go around pounding the shallows and donating hardware. * :o


Have a great trip, look forward to your post.
FYI Pictures imported at 500 wide look optimatious. *;)

welcome to the boards

Z

reelnfish
07-22-2008, 07:23 PM
I fished Almanor on the 18,19,20,21 and did the best out from the damn in about 65 ft of water. With DRs at 30 and 40 ft. caught about an equal amount at each depth using a 2 inch piece of night crawler about 18 inches behind a Sept's starlite dodger at about 1.2 mph. I boated 14 for the four mornings of fishing with several SLR and LDR. My biggest was a brown that scaled at 3 lbs 14 oz. The smoke is alot better than it was a couple of weeks ago and hopefully it will get better. good luck and leave a couple for me..... I'll be back up there for the first week of Aug.

OHV
07-22-2008, 10:52 PM
for those that don't believe crickets work, I had the great pleasure of watching my buddy's son catch this a couple of weeks ago:


http://www.redding.com/news/2008/jul/17/no-headline---outphoto17/


We had three boats, each caught 20-30 browns/rainbows, mostly from 2-4 lbs, *during the week in 25-40 ft of water. *No secret spots, just look for a gentle slop that drops into deeper water (50-55 ft).

Shot-gun:
I always thought that crickets were fished under a clear float bubble, how did you get them into 25-40 ft of water?

Thanks,
OHV

Shot-Gun
07-23-2008, 07:22 AM
for those that don't believe crickets work, I had the great pleasure of watching my buddy's son catch this a couple of weeks ago:


http://www.redding.com/news/2008/jul/17/no-headline---outphoto17/


We had three boats, each caught 20-30 browns/rainbows, mostly from 2-4 lbs, *during the week in 25-40 ft of water. *No secret spots, just look for a gentle slop that drops into deeper water (50-55 ft).

Shot-gun:
I always thought that crickets were fished under a clear float bubble, how did you get them into 25-40 ft of water?

Thanks,
OHV


Split shot, 4 lb test. don't set the hook too soon, the browns like to "chew" it for a while. when you get bit, don't assume that it over, often its not. Also, get a second rod stamp.

OHV
07-23-2008, 11:31 AM
for those that don't believe crickets work, I had the great pleasure of watching my buddy's son catch this a couple of weeks ago:


http://www.redding.com/news/2008/jul/17/no-headline---outphoto17/


We had three boats, each caught 20-30 browns/rainbows, mostly from 2-4 lbs, *during the week in 25-40 ft of water. *No secret spots, just look for a gentle slop that drops into deeper water (50-55 ft).

Shot-gun:
I always thought that crickets were fished under a clear float bubble, how did you get them into 25-40 ft of water?

Thanks,
OHV


Split shot, 4 lb test. *don't set the hook too soon, the browns like to "chew" it for a while. *when you get bit, don't assume that it over, often its not. *Also, get a second rod stamp.


Thanks alot and on average how many crickets do you go through per day?

Shot-Gun
07-23-2008, 12:11 PM
I usually get three sleeves for the week. get them at the hardward store (aobes but the spellings not right, its accross from the sportinggoods store). Bass go through a lot of them, but if your trout only, not so many.

OHV
07-23-2008, 12:19 PM
Alright thanks alot..

achin2fish
07-23-2008, 08:18 PM
ill be up there next weekend.....cant wait.....also you might wanna try meal worms with the cricket as well.......good luck.... and give us the report * * 8-)

maui_mark
07-25-2008, 06:26 PM
".....also you might wanna try meal worms with the cricket as well..."
Ah yes, the viagravated cricket! It goes by another name, but this will work for this forum. It works great! The fish there love them, but as mentioned previously the fish tend to chew them for a bit, and the hits are usually very soft... watch your rod tip closely, especially if it's in a rod holder...
I use 4# test ( I prefer flouroclear) on a medium-light or light action rod, a number 8-10 Owner misquito hook ( again my preference), and a large split shot about a foot above the hook. Keep your drag set correctly and you should have no troubles, though if you get hit by a king salmon, hope you have enough line on the reel, they are very fiesty! Usually you will pick up Rainbows, browns, and smallmouths on these baits though, depending on where you fish... Good fishing. Mark

Fishing_Fanatic
07-28-2008, 09:36 AM
Great information fellow sniffers!

A couple more questions, How do you hook the cricket? What part of the body do you run the hook thru? and with just a split shot, how do know you are down near the bottom? With the weight of the cricket and split shot does it sink pretty readily?

When I fish with crawlers like this, sometimes the current moves my line around a lot...

Thanks for the advice!!

achin2fish
07-28-2008, 05:20 PM
i would take the cricket and hook it just under its neck.......go down through the body and then come out....then put the meal worm on...the trout cant resist it.....going up to the lake this weekend [smiley=angling.gif]

maui_mark
07-28-2008, 06:24 PM
I simply restate what achin2fish says, but perhaps it will leave a clearer picture of the process...
Just beneath the crickets head there is a "collar" around its neck. From the backside of the cricket, run the hook just under the collar, (don't sink the hook into the center of the crickets neck), from the head end downwards, then turn the hook around and push the point of the hook through the body of the cricket, so the point comes out in the middle of the front (or ground side) of the crickets body. Impale your meal worm on the point, and if you want a little extra attractant, trim the exposed tip end of the meal worm off... just a 32nd of an inch or so...
As far as the split shot getting you down to the bottom, Stop at Ayobes (sp?) or the Sports Nut in Chester, and purchase a small bag of the largest split shot they have. Tell them what you are using it for and they'll be able to help you select the appropriate size. Pinch it on your line a foot above your hook, drop it down until it touches the bottom and then reel it up a foot or so off the bottom. There shouldn't be much current in Almanor, but the wind will tend to push you around a bit if/when it kicks up. My solution is to just put on another split shot right tight to the first split shot and this will help keep your bait directly under the boat. Keep in mind the trout oft times bite this bait combo very lightly, so watch your rod(s) closely.
I prefer to troll, but this is one of the best bait rigs up there, and sometimes you just have to give the fish what they want.
I'm envious! I really love that lake. Good fishing to you all. *Mark *

Fishing_Fanatic
08-02-2008, 12:30 PM
Thanks to both Maui Mark and Achin2Fish !!

I will try this next time I am up at the lake. I think with the crawlers, I was using too small of size of split shot... I will have to try the larger ones and rig up with the crickets.

Will be up at the lake in about a month from now, just after Labor Day. Will post my success (or failures)... I too generally prefer trolling, but catching fish is the best so I will try whatever works!

Fisher King :)

achin2fish
08-03-2008, 08:25 PM
Just got back from Almanor!!!!! Fished the big springs area on friday morning....we were the first boat there....620am.....a few fish were rising...3 of us on the boat...each of us caught 1 fish...a little slow...1 rainbow...2.5 lb on a cricket....a 2 lb brown on a cricket...and 3.5 lb brown on a crawler fished till 9am...not too bad....fished the hex hatch in pratville on sat night yes they are still hatching down from the marina there and caught 2 fish....3lb bow 3 lb brown....also a few smallies from the dock during the day....the road to Butt Lake was closed due to the new fire........ 8-)