By Doug Neal
Almanor Fishing Adventures
May 18, 2020
After 17 years guiding here at Lake Almanor the day has come to announce my retirement.
I have been very fortunate to have met and fished with so many wonderful people over the years.
Fishing with families, and seeing their children outdoors catching fish, has been the highlight of my working career.
I take satisfaction in all the very happy moments that I was able to provide. Slapping high fives after catching the big one, children catching their first fish, parents taking photos, the delight and excitement of kids catching fish. These moments were about as good as it gets.
This season should be terrific. The lake looks good, bugs are hatching and the lake is full of catchable Browns, Rainbows, Salmon, and smallmouth bass, thanks to all the hard work of the Almanor Fishing Association and DFW.
Support the AFA Become a member, or just send them a couple bucks. As they are truly the Stewarts of lake and its health.
So without going on too long, its time to say good bye to all the anglers that I have met and all the good times we had fishing together.
I would like to recommend a couple of local resident guides as my replacement.
Mikes Lake Almanor Guide Service 530-383-7785 check out his webpage, or email Mike at, firstname.lastname@example.org Mike has been fishing here about 12 years now.. probably longer, devoting all his time fishing Almanor, and is clearly going to be one the greats.
Also Mike has a great boat.. looks just like mine 'The Almanor King'.
Well it was mine. Mike will be acquiring my boat, so those of you who fished with me in the past know what a terrific boat the Almanor King is.
And frankly I am very proud of Mike, he was my best student/apprentice who is, and has been, a full blown Journeyman guide for many years now... and I am personally glad the boat is staying right here at Lake Almanor where it belongs. Good luck Mike, I will be watching your career excel with great interest.
Another guide I would Recommend without any reservation is John Crotty of Quail Lodge, located right at Canyon Dam.
Quail Lodge is a cool place to stay when you come to fish here. And located close to the boat ramp.
My friend John is a very hardworking guide with a wonderful personality who catches fish.
Also he is the hardest working AFA president I have ever worked with and is responsible, along with his AFA Board members and volunteers, for the enhancement of this fantastic fishery.
You can reach John at 707-362-1899, or call Quail Lodge 530-284-0861 John your the greatest.
And last there's Bryan of Big Daddy's Guide Service. 530-283-4103 Bryan has been fishing here longer than myself and is now the old man here at Almanor, as I step down I'm gonna miss you Bryan, but my aim is getting better.
Good luck my friend.
So long everyone, its been fun serving you.
And Remember, Its my last request of you.
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