Portola natives, Nick Gonzales (left) and Jimmy Reynolds sit around a small fire on the ice. The ice was more than 11 inches thick, making it a solid enough surface, even for a fire. Photo by Carolyn Carter
More than 160 adventurous people caught fish and a good time at John Pato Sr’s third-annual Ice Fishing Derby at Lake Davis on Saturday, Feb. 2.
The derby required the competitors to brave the frozen lake in hopes of catching the lake’s largest trout.
All of the proceeds from the tournament go to the American Cancer Society. Pato said his middle son and mother both suffered from cancer.
“Its one of those things that affects everybody,” he said, “It really is a good cause.”