Lately I have been very busy fishing. I have been fishing so much I have not had time to update the blog. Some trips have been good and some not as good. The last two trips to Lake Almanor have been amazing and a trip up to our property in Modoc county is definitely worth posting about.
This lake is my favorite lake in Modoc County. It was created over 150 years ago when an earthquake caused a landslide damming up the stream and creating the lake.
From the research I have done, I have found it is the only lake in California that you can find Goose Lake Redband trout.
Many many years ago Goose Lake overflowed into the South Fork of the Pit River. The Redband trout migrated from the South Fork into many different tributaries one being the stream that created this lake. The lake receives very little pressure and we have never really had a bad day there. We fished it on Memorial weekend and there was only a few other people fishing from shore. My sister Barb and I both qualified our redband trout here for the California Heritage Trout Challenge.
Our weather patterns are a little off this year. It seems the Hex hatch at Lake Almanor started the first week of June. We did not stay for the evening hatch but there were plenty coming off in the morning.
The fish will gorge themselves on these mayflies. We did not catch any trout but managed to catch almost fifty smallmouth bass.
I think smallmouth bass are the most beautiful of all the bass.
This guy had Jeff's six weight fly rod bent all the way into the cork handle.
Smallmouth bass on a fly rod. It doesn't get much better.
Christy with a small but beautiful smallmouth.
Two weeks before the above trip, Andy and I came up and caught a couple of dozen smallmouth on the opposite end of the lake. This lake is really starting to be something special for Andy. His biggest smallmouth, brown trout and until we went to Wyoming his biggest rainbow trout were all caught at this lake.