Fishing success varies from day to day; however, this has been consistently the best ice-fishing season in years. Fish size ranges from 12 to 18 inches. Most days produce five to seven fish in a two-hour period. Ice depth is reported to be 6 to 8 inches.
Access to the lake is good; however, that can change with the next storm. The east road is open down to Mallard Cove. The favorite fishing locations have been the south tip of Mallard Cove, Coot Bay and the dam.
The baits of choice are various colors of PowerBait, night crawlers and jigging. Fishing depth varies, with most anglers starting two feet off the bottom and working their offering up two to three feet at a time until the fish are located.
Report courtesy of Dollard's Sierra Market; 832-5251
Fishing has been great, with most fishermen fishing at the dam, about midday. There is still 8-10 inches of ice on the lake, and the road up to the dam is clear, but icy in some spots. The road around the lake is only accessible by four-wheel drive or snowmobile.
Dan and John of Reno, Nev., caught seven rainbow trout at the dam. They were using nightcrawlers with a worm threader; make sure you get the worms up on the line. One trout was 17 inches and another was 18 inches.
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Report courtesy of Wiggin's Trading Post; 993-4683