Hex Hatch Blast Continues Until Independence Day

The Hex Hatch continues on Almanor with bullets strewn across the lake each evening. Fish continue to grab Hex larvae as they rise through the water column. “The fish we clean are loaded with hex grubs and insects of all kinds,” said John Crotty of the Almanor Fishing Association. “Fish are in great shape, rainbows in the 2-4 pound class are the norm.”

Trollers continue to target Red Bank with up to 30 trolling boats each morning. The bite usually dies when the sun hits the water. Slow trolling was the preferred method. Choose your favorite baits, caterpillars, mealworms or plastics. “The biggest mistake I see people making on this lake is over sizing the end gear, my typical setup is a size 10 Pline swivel at the end of my main line, a five foot section of 6# fluorocarbon leader and a Gamakatzu size 8 hook bait,” Crotty said. “If you don’t have winches, the lead core will do the job as well, and I always keep two lead core rods per boat handy, when fishing is tough, I’ll use a lead core setup as my “bonus rod” right out the back of the boat, giving you that extra shot. On my lead cores, I start with 20# backing three colors of 12# lead core, 75′ 10# mono followed by the Pline swivel, 6# fluorocarbon and size 8 Gamakatzu bait hook.”

Crotty says, “This setup will get you way behind the boat, more importantly the 75′ of mono allows you to fight fish with the mono and not the lead core.” Although these are Crotty’s typical setups, other guides/anglers use different methods and setups. “Experiment until you find what works best for you,” suggests Crotty.

The bass fishermen pick up small quality pieces on the structure and the ledges. Fly fishermen continue to target the hex hatch each evening along the west shore and shore anglers collect fish from the creeks around the dam and at Hamilton Branch, with Hamilton Branch expelling better quality fish.


Travelers can expect to encounter construction works on all roads leading to Almanor. As usual at this time of year, hotels, restaurants and campgrounds are full. A good suggestion to ensure tours contain all the bells and whistles, plan and call ahead!

The past two weeks have exemplified all that is good in Plumas County and the Lake Almanor community. Last Saturday, the AFA held the fifth annual Veterans Fishing Day on Lake Almanor with over 50 boats taking over 100 veterans fishing. Last night the Lake Almanor Country Club held live music at Rec#1 and on July 4th Independence Day (today) there will be many patriotic themed family events for everyone, including Elks Lodge breakfast, craft fairs and a good old-fashioned parade.

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