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Let's check out Lake Almanor
Backcountry Travels
by Phil "Flip" Akers, JANUARY 19, 2018

Lake Almanor

There's a tiny locomotive on display in Chester, CA that was used from 1910 until 1914 to construct a dam on the North Fork Feather River, creating what is now Lake Almanor. Also used in the construction of nearby Butt Valley dam, the locomotive – named the Eureka – was of the “Dinky” line of engines and it spent over...
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Wilson Reservoir Report
by NDOW, JANUARY 18, 2018
Wilson Reservoir

No recent report, but chances are there is unsafe ice here and the road at last report was 4WD only due to mud.  With the predicted storm moving through expect road conditions to stay the same.  
Willow Creek Reservoir Report
by NDOW, JANUARY 18, 2018
Willow Creek Reservoir

Due to a damaged outflow structure, the lake has completely drained
Wildhorse Reservoir Report
by NDOW, JANUARY 18, 2018
Wild Horse Reservoir

As of Thursday, January 18, Wildhorse had approximately eight inches of good ice with no snow on top making it very slippery and difficult walking.  Anglers should plan on wearing some traction devices on their boots to keep from falling. With no snow and warm daytime temperatures, the ice is very noisy, booming and cracking, which has probably affected fishing...
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South Fork Reservoir Report
by NDOW, JANUARY 18, 2018
South Fork Reservoir

As of Thursday, January 18, the South Fork had more open water than it did ice.  Fishing has been just fair, but those fish being caught ranged from 18 to 22 inches! What little ice there is should be avoided at all costs.  Best fishing appears to be along Jet Ski Beach with shore anglers having some success with PowerBait...
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Ruby Lake NWR Report
by NDOW, JANUARY 18, 2018
Ruby Lake NWR

With the warm temperatures there is no ice here and fishing has been good depending upon the day and location.  Small spinners and minnow imitations were producing some fish for spin fishermen, but fly rodders were doing better.  Fly rodders should be using hare’s ears, pheasant tails, prince nymphs, midge patterns, eggs and egg sucking leeches. Best places to fish...
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