Gary Blanchard is catching fish at Frenchman. “I’m still trying for the big ones but just catching dinks,” said Blanchard.
Mark Tieslau at Blairsden Hardware Store said, “The lake is completely open, but you need a snowmobile to get in. A couple of guys went out there but didn’t report any fish … yet.”
Almanor Fishing Association provided the following information as of Jan. 28:
“Last week’s winter storms dropped more than a foot of snow, our first significant snow of the season. It appears we will be returning to quiet mild weather for at least the next week, with daytime highs reaching into the mid-50s. While the snow will hang around, our roadways are clear with no travel restrictions.
“Water temp continues to hover around the low 40s and ice was forming in Geritol Cove this past week.”
John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association said, “The recent CF&W planters continue to hang out in and around Geritol Cove, these fish are running in the 12- to 15-inch size. They are nice, healthy fish and eager to play.”
“John Reynolds came over from Fortuna and we caught and released 18 in a couple of hours. We caught a mix of browns and rainbows with one mature brown. We caught our fish on Wiggle Tails, size 12 in both Olive and Red,” said Crotty.
The recent storms kept boats off the water as the boat ramp was covered in more than a foot of snow for a couple of days. The parking lot has been cleared, yesterday (Jan. 27). The north side of the ramp was cleared and useable, the south side still had snow, but it should be clear in a couple of days.
Mark Tieslau said, “I was up at Davis and it was completely open.” There is a little ice around the edges. “We were fishing up around Mallard,” said Tieslau, who caught four fish in three hours ranging from 12 to 16 inches. “My buddy caught one that was a 20-plus incher,” said Tieslau. The fish were caught on inflated night crawlers and the pink power bait eggs. “It’s going to be 60 degrees this week,” said Tieslau. “I’ll be fishing in shorts.”
The John Pate “Winter” Fishing Derby is coming up very soon, Saturday, Feb. 3, at Lake Davis. Fishing folk can pre-register at J & J Grizzly Store, KS Market, Graeagle Mill Works, via Internet at 420incfishing.com or the day of the event. Check in time is 7 to 9 a.m. and fishing begins at 8 a.m. All proceeds from the event go to the American Cancer Society, a nonprofit organization.
This annual “ICE” fishing derby will take place whether there is actual ice on the lake or not.