Re: Lake Almanor Vacation Sept 6 - 12 - more photos of bass and trout


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Posted by Mike McKenzie on 2010-09-15 23:37:05 in reply to Re: Lake Almanor Vacation Sept 6 - 12 - more photos of bass and trout posted by Dan Blanton on 2010-09-15 18:20:26

Hey Dan,

Nice report and I love the pic's of the smallmouth. They take me back to the early 80's and the outstanding Shasta Lake smallmouth fishin'..

We had a lot of the late afternoon till dark topwater smallie bite. It was pretty much non stop with obscene numbers of fish until the spotted bass that were stocked in the the mid 80's started taking over the lake by the early 90's. Since then the smallmouth fishin' has been in a steady decline (with occasional minor blips!).

Some things are better left alone!! Nothin' worse than a population of cookie cutter spotted bass 10-13 inches long. You've got to fish 50-60' water to get the big spots..it's too much work compared to all the "easy" fun the smallmouth provided!
Thanks again for the memory joggin' post!

Mike


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