The Fish Sniffer - Big Kings Battle Almanor Trollers
Big Kings Battle Almanor Trollers

Written By: Cal Kellogg, May 25, 2014
Species: Landlocked Salmon Trout
Location: Lake Almanor, Bucks Lake,

“The salmon bite is absolutely red hot at Lake Almanor,” exclaimed Bryan Roccucci of Big Daddy’s Guide Service. “The fish are running 3 to 5 pounds.”

“I start off the morning working along the east shore near the dam slow trolling with soft plastic smelt imitations. By mid morning that action tapers off. That’s when I head for the flats and start speed trolling with spoons for big rainbows. Black and white and red and gold have been good colors for me recently. When those trout hit in the shallows they really slam the bait. It’s a lot of fun,” said Roccucci.

Cliff Spediacci of Hook & Ladder Guide Service has also been hammering kings and trout at Lake Almanor. Cliff has been trolling Speedy Shiners from 2.5 to 3 mph for his fish.

When Bryan Roccucci isn’t on Lake Almanor, he has been plying the waters of Buck’s Lake.

“The trout bite at Buck’s Lake is off to a slow start this season, but the mackinaw and kokanee action have been good. If you want trout you’ll find the best action in the Bucks and Mill Creek Arms, but you’ll need to be patient,” tipped Roccucci.

“Most of the macks we catch run 7 to 15 pounds, but we had one stretch recently when we landed a lot of 20 pound fish. The kokanee are running small at about 11 inches and are scattered all over the lake in the top 25 feet of the water column,” added Roccucci.


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