The Lake Almanor Basin and surrounding Lassen National Volcanic Forest area spread across a natural wonderland created by millions of years of geologic forces, a crossroad where the granite of the Sierra Nevada meets the lava of the Cascades. – Plumas Recreation Guide
Located in the Northern Sierra, Lake Almanor is a large recreational reservoir formed by Canyon Dam on the North Fork of the Feather River, as well as Benner and Last Chance Creeks, Hamilton Branch, and various natural springs. It is a hot spot for recreationists looking to escape the city life or the heavier traffic of Lake Tahoe in the summer.
Accessed via HWY 89 in the Sierra or Hwy 36 from Susanville Ca (Eastside) or Redbluff Ca (Westside), Lake Almanor is a popular recreation area, with fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming and camping available.
Lake Almanor is home to rainbow and brown trout, king salmon, and small mouth bass, along with other species such as catfish and smelt.
Spring Fishing when the water starts to warm is a great time to fish Lake Almanor.
Here are a list of local guides
Almanor Fishing Adventures: (530) 258-6732
Doug Neal specializes in Lake Almanor and has more than 7000 hours fishing it.
Website: Almanor Fishing Adventures
Big Daddy’s Guide Service: (530) 283-4103.
Bryan Roccucci specializes in the lakes of the Northern Sierra
Dick’s Guide Service: (530) 256-3317
Dick Mason guides Lake Almanor and other Plumas and Lassen County Lakes.
Website: Dick’s Guide Service
Roger’s Guide Services: For local lake fishing call – (530) 284-6429 (April to October)
Year-Round Cell Phone – (702) 321-6991
Roger Keeling guides Lake Almanor and other Plumas and Lassen County Lakes.
Mac’s Lake Almanor Guide Service: (530) 596-3202, Cell (510) 289-1150
Duncan McIntyre has 20 years experience guiding people on Lake Almanor.
Website: Mac’s Lake Almanor Guide Service
The Lake Almanor Fly Fishing Company & Guide Service: (530) 258-3944
Tom Maumoynier, serving Plumas County,
262 Main St., #4, Chester, CA 96020
Website: Lake Almanor Fly Fishing
Rick’s Guide Service: (530) 284-6005, Cell (530) 394-7170
Rick Taddei guides from April through June for smallmouth bass only. Beginning July through August he guides trout trips starting at 4:00 pm until dark.
Larry Hemphill Fishing Guide & Instructor
Yuba City, CA (530) 674-0276
Website: Larry Hemphill
Larry Hemphill has been fishing Northern California lakes for bass since 1962. 20′ Ranger Bass Boat
Lake Almanor receives regular fish planting during the fishing season. It also has a pen-rearing program located near the Hamilton Branch where king salmon and rainbow trout are raised. As many as 150,000 salmon fingerlings and 55,000 rainbows are released into the lake each year.
The main forage fish in Lake Almanor is the Japanese pond smelt which was originally planted there several decades ago, quickly replacing the native kokanee. Because the trout and salmon feed on the smelt, techniques using jigs, sliver spoons, and tube lures are especially successful. Spin casting bait works well, too. Among the most popular baits are red salmon eggs, nightcrawlers, and crickets. – Fishing tip provided by http://www.californiasgreatestlakes.com/almanor/almanor_fishing.html
The Lake Almanor Recreation Trail is an easy to moderate 19-mile round trip opportunity. Park at the junction of Highway 89 and forest road 27N52 to begin. Users may also access the trail from numerous points along Highway 89 for shorter 4 to 5 mile round trips.
The trail winds through a mixed conifer forest with spectacular views of Lake Almanor, Dyer Mountain, and Lassen Peak. Watch for wildlife as you may see bald eagles, osprey, and goshawk. The Lake Almanor Recreation Trail is closed to all motorized vehicles.
Lake Almanor Kayak, Standup Paddleboard and Bike Rentals – located on the southern tip of Lake Almanor in the small mountain town of Canyon Dam.
Lake Almanor is a popular destination for all kinds ofboating. With the water temperature reaching 70 degrees in the summer the lake attracts all kinds of water sports enthusiasts and boaters.
29529 Highway 89
Canyon Dam, CA 95923
Lake Almanor Kayak Rentals
442 Peninsula Drive, Lake Almanor, CA 96137
Website: Big Cove Resort
430 Peninsula Drive, Lake Almanor, CA 96137
Website: Knotty Pine Resort
452 Peninsular Drive, Lake Almanor, CA 96137
Website: Carson Chalets
3000 Almanor Dr. West, Canyon Dam, CA 95923
Majors Outpost is located in the Green Tent.
Majors Outpost: (530) 259-2727 or 251-7512
Plumas Pines Resort: (530) 259-4343
Websites: Majors Outpost
Websites: Plumas Pines Resort
Highway 36, 2 miles east of Chester, CA
Website: North Shore Campground
7371 Highway 147, Lake Almanor, CA 96137
Website: Vagabond Resort
2913 Lake Almanor Dr. West, Canyon Dam, CA 95923
Website: Wilson’s Camp Prattville