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The night before the John Pato Ice Derby shows Lake Davis fishermen safe on the ice and fishing. The catch was slim though, predicting the possibility of stiff competition in the morning.

Fish Bits for the week of 2/12/20

Bucks Lake Lodge

Rebecca Gutierrez up at the lodge said the road is closed but the fishing is good. Anyone with a snow mobile is in luck. The lake is not yet frozen over. “We have plenty of snow,” said Gutierrez.

Frenchman Lake

No report on the “quality” of the bite but Goodwin’s General Store employees report that “folks are out there fishing.”

There is ice around the edges and up by the rock formations cold temps should keep everything in place for at least the next couple of weeks. If the fish aren’t biting, that’s all that’s missing from a perfect day fishing at Frenchman.

Lake Almanor

John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association and the volunteers of the AFA are still tending to the tens of thousands of tiny trout at the Hamilton Branch hatchery for Lake Almanor. “The fish are doing great,” said Crotty. All is well and it is looking like it’s going to be a great spring, when it gets here.

The water temperature hovers around 39 degrees. The air temps are between 26 and 43 degrees and a predicted high of 55 in the coming week with no precipitation in the forecast. If you figure out the bait and find the fish, stay on them. You could be the only one.

The date has been set for the fourth annual Veterans Fishing Day hosted by AFA on June 27. In 2019 the group worked to gather 49 boats to accommodate 97 veterans fishing for the day.

Vets who would like to participate can call 284-0861 or contact almanorfishing@sbcgl

obal.net for questions and sign up. Fishing June 27 starts at 6 a.m. and a big barbeque takes place around 3 p.m. at the Lake Almanor Rec #1 picnic area.

Registration for this big day takes place before May 22, any signups after that date will be placed on a will call list. Contact early to reserve a spot.

Lake Davis

The John Pato Ice Derby went off without a hitch. There was plenty of ice and plenty of fishermen out having fun and raising money.

First place was won by Justin Jensen, 3.09 pounds and 23 inches. Blake Pato took second with 3.06 pounds also 23 inches. Third place in the money was William Cary at 2.92 pounds and 22 inches, close competition!

The fire chief came up to check the condition of the ice the evening before the derby and all was well. Fishermen were on the lake fishing the ice the days before the tournament but not catching much.

Fishermen not catching reported trying all kinds of baits, to no avail. Winning fisherman Justin Jensen must have figured it out though, he caught a nice fish Jan. 25.

Ice fishing at Lake Davis will continue through the cold spells predicted into the coming week. Maybe get a hold of Jensen to find what he’s using for bait!

Send pictures of your winter fishing expeditions for publication in the Feather Publishing Sports Section to [email protected].

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