The Fish Sniffer - Winter Trout Bite Explodes
Winter Trout Bite Explodes

Written By: Cal Kellogg, February 16, 2014
Species: Trout
Location: Lake Almanor,

“The winter trout bite at Lake Almanor is happening now,” exclaimed Bryan Roccucci of Big Daddy’s Guide Service.

“We hit the water for looking for some quality Almanor fish, and we were not disappointed with our mix of mostly rainbows and a few browns, all thick "chunks" running 2.5 to 3.5 pounds and loaded with pond smelt,” Roccucci continued.

“Traffic was light on the lake as we only saw a handful of other boats late in the morning on our run from the dam to Big Springs. That may have been due to the cold morning temps or Super Bowl preparations or a little of both. Either way we basically had the lake to ourselves. The morning bite was best, and in addition to the fish that were hammering our rods there were plenty of others tailing on the surface chasing smelt and gorging themselves.”

“Our hottest action came on Arctic Fox Tube Flies in the Pond Smelt pattern fished from the surface to 15 feet deep. We also landed fish on orange pattern flies as well as soft plastic smelt imitations. I'm a firm believer in using scent on all my artificial baits so all of these offerings were enhanced with Pro-Cure's Trophy Trout Gel. At the cold 38 degree water temperature the scent releases very slowly, but I still like to run it. Look for the great winter bite to continue as we go through the month,” tipped Roccucci.

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