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ParadisePontoon
12-09-2007, 04:03 PM
Headed up to Lake Almanor solo this morning to check out the fishing situation. *When I arrived at 7:05am, it was a balmy 18 degrees outside. *The surface water temperature was 44 degrees, so almost decided to take a swim and warm up! ;D *But I thought I should go fishing instead. *There was just a hint of a breeze, just enough to drop the temp down a few more degrees. *Saw a lot of fish surfacing, so went with the fly rod and a bugger pattern and also ran a plug with the other rod for part of the time.

Here's a view of Mt. Lassen (if you can see it in the background) from the southeast side of the lake...
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g212/Gary223/Lake%20Almanor/AlmanorSoloLassenCustom.jpg

First rainbow into the net, not huge by any means, but at least a fish!
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g212/Gary223/Lake%20Almanor/AlmanorSoloBow2Custom.jpg

Upon making a slight change of direction, I got my first brown on a AC skinny...
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g212/Gary223/Lake%20Almanor/AlmanorACbrownCustom.jpg

Then another rainbow came along...
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g212/Gary223/Lake%20Almanor/AlmanorSoloBow1Custom.jpg

While I was slowly trolling my fly through Geritol Cove, this FAT (full of eggs) female brown hits my fly and takes me on a nice 5 minute battle!
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g212/Gary223/Lake%20Almanor/AlmanorFatBrown1Custom.jpg

Notice the fat belly and eggs spooging out of her...
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g212/Gary223/Lake%20Almanor/AlmanorFatBrown2Custom.jpg

All fish were released unharmed after CPR (Catch-Photograph-Release) to fight/spawn another day.
Ended up boating 5 rainbows, 2 browns, and lost another 10 or so due to short strikes.

Saw some bankies catching fish also in Geritol Cove. *I think they said they were using flourescent PowerBait.

- Paradise Pontoon

troutfan
12-09-2007, 04:10 PM
Great report and pics as usual. Thanks PP! Thsoe Almanor trout have some great color.

mtnlks
12-09-2007, 05:52 PM
Nice pics, man shes ready to pop! THanks for releasing her.


Howard

MattMan
12-09-2007, 05:53 PM
Beautiful fish there, PP. Thanks for a great report and some terrific pics. Very nice! ;)

Captain Compassion
12-09-2007, 05:59 PM
Beautiful. Love the color on the second Bow and the pregnant Brown. Thanks for sharing.

CC

ParadisePontoon
12-09-2007, 06:02 PM
Captain, I didn't get a chance to take a photo of the male rainbow that milted all over the side of my drift boat. You should've seen the color on that one! :)

Forgot to mention that I also saw a brown jump that must've been at least 10 lbs or larger, almost looked like a giant chinook like you'd see in the river!

- Paradise Pontoon

Captain Compassion
12-09-2007, 06:14 PM
Captain, I didn't get a chance to take a photo of the male rainbow that milted all over the side of my drift boat. *You should've seen the color on that one! :)

Browns and Bows spawning at the same time? Maybe there are Brownbows in Almanor. 8-)

CC

B-RAN
12-09-2007, 06:37 PM
nice report PP :) those fish sure do have some color to them ;) nice fish though ;)

Mr._Striper
12-09-2007, 06:46 PM
Awsome pics and report there PP

Old_School
12-09-2007, 08:33 PM
Those are beautiful fish. Thanx for the reports and great pics!

red_perception
12-10-2007, 05:57 AM
Nice report PP! It was 6 degrees on Tahoe yesterday morning when I got back:o Good luck, Eric :)

tragedyspring
12-10-2007, 02:21 PM
How far of a drive is Almanor from the SOuth Bay area? ( not that it matters) Those are some pretty fish. Makes you kinda wwant to release everything you would catch there. Theyre too pretty to eat!

BadAschFishing
12-10-2007, 03:23 PM
those are some nice fish. that brown is about to explode ;D

Goodtimes
12-10-2007, 05:53 PM
PP,

After seeing those pics I wish I would have been able to make the trip with you :'(. Looks like a Goodtime!!

Goodtimes

Goodtimes
12-13-2007, 06:32 PM
Hey Paradise Pontoon!!

Are you heading up to Almanor this weekend. If so let me know.

Goodtimes

fish_lips
12-14-2007, 07:52 AM
Nice fish looks like you had alot of fun! 18 degrees that sounds like t-shirt weather! ;D