Ice Fishing Derby at Lake Davis scheduled for Feb. 19

Compiled by Mari Erin Roth

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Lake Almanor

Conditions remain steady at the lake. Cool dry mornings lead to beautiful spring-like afternoons with another seven days of similar weather in the forecast. Water temps range between 35-39 degrees and clarity is between 5-10 feet. Lake level continues to inch up daily. The Canyon Dam boat ramp remains open and local roadways are clear, travelers can expect minor delays through the Canyon.

Bank fishermen are catching fish at both Canyon Dam and Hamilton Branch. Fish are scattered throughout the water column. Trollers are concentrating efforts on the south end of the lake and fishermen can pick their preferred fishing method (slow or fast). “Get your bait in front of a fish and they will grab it,” advised John Crotty of Almanor Fishing Association. John is likely on the water more regularly than anyone in the area, year ‘round. There are still patches of ice on the lake and Dakasu Island will be completely under water in the next few weeks. Forecasts predict winds early in the week.

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“I did do some scouting this past week, leaving Rec #1 and fishing all the way to Red Bank for two rainbows both off the Peninsula,” said Crotty. “I was fast trolling hardware and got one on a Red/Gold and the other on Copper both were fat and healthy. I didn’t see any large quantities of fish anywhere along my route. That stretch of water was covered with ice last week.”

Lake Davis

“Ice thickness Jan. 30 at the lake was 12 inches, measured by Dillard Fishing,” said Jeanne Graham at J&J Grizzly Store, “and I trust their measurements.” Fishermen are always warned that the ice thickness is not officially monitored; Fishermen must use their own best judgment regarding ice fishing on Lake Davis.

The Annual Ice Derby has yet to receive permits for the February 19 date, but Jeanne and fishermen are hopeful. For up to the minute notice on the Ice Derby, call J&J Grizzly Store at (530) 832-0270.

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