The winners of the 2018 John Pato Ice/Winter Fishing Derby, from left: Jimmy Reynolds, first place; Jessica Estes, third place; and James Alliston, second place hold trophies high with smiles and small snowy reminders of winter all around.
The John Pato Ice/Winter Fishing Derby took place on an unusually warm spring-like day Feb. 3 at Lake Davis, with many enjoying the fishing despite the lack of ice. Taking first place is Jimmy Reynolds of Portola, who had the biggest combination of two fish. The scale-tipping whopper came in at 4.11 pounds and 24 inches. Photos by Mari Erin Roth
Ella Garcia looks every inch the angler standing with Steve Sexton, caught on their expedition back from their fishing spot toward the weigh in.
From left, Jessica Estes, dad Justin Jensen, and 9-year-old Gabe Friend of Reno proudly hold up a string of fish, with Jessica Estes taking third place. Friend has fished the derby for four years, out of his nine, and proclaimed that while he had fished on ice in years past, he really preferred shore side fishing.
The dearth of ice at Lake Davis on Feb. 3 turned the annual ice fishing derby into a “winter derby,” with anglers fishing lakeside.
Participants come back year after year to enjoy the serene beauty of Lake Davis and support the fishing derby, which donates all proceeds to the American Cancer Society. The crowd waits for the prize drawing to kick off after the trophies were awarded.