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July 4th is free fishing day; Lake Davis is ready

By Mari Erin Roth

Special for Plumas News

Big news! July 4 is a free fishing day in all of California! Lake Davis is 74 percent full and the water has warmed to the low 70s.

The fishing has been good according to Jim Graham at J&J Grizzly Store. “Rainbow trout, brown trout, large mouth bass, catfish and sunfish have all been being caught,” said Jim.

Shore fishing for trout has been best in the early morning and evenings. The bite has been slow mid-day. For trout fishing, the best spots have been Mallard Cove, Eagle Point off of the point, Old Camp 5 on both sides of the point. Hot tips are red worms, nightcrawlers, PowerBait and salmon eggs.

Bass fishermen are seeing many fish in the four-pound-plus range. The west side of the small spit of land by the dam heading toward Catfish Cove is producing as is Old Camp 5, Eagle Point, Lightning Tree Boat Ramp area, and Mallard Cove in the afternoon. Successful stories have come from folks using soft plastics, frogs, jigging, redworms, nightcrawlers and rattletraps.

Catfish are being caught in the afternoon in Mallard Cove, Eagle Point off the side and out at Old Camp 5. PowerBait, worms or catfish dough are producing.

Sunfish, Pumpkin Seeds, Red Earred Sunfish and Blue Gill are providing kids with a great time according to Jim. They can be found at Old Camp 5 and Eagle Point. Use Crappie Nibbles, red worms, nightcrawlers or PowerBait.

How’s that trolling going? “Troll slowly, 150 feet behind the boat,” suggests Jim. “The trout have started going deep. Dillard fishing is catching between 20-25 feet. Honker, up to Mallard, around the big island and down towards Grizzly Campground and also the north end of the lake.”

Hawken’s Baby Simon in Moon Jelly Blue or Chartreuse, and Flame/Copper have been producing consistent results. Needlefish Red Dot Frog and Dick Nite Copper Red Head are also working.

Fly fishermen are on alert as the Damsels and Hex are both coming off. Damsel pre-emerger, Hex pre-emerger Calibates, BH Flash back pheasant tail and wooly buggers are the hot tips.

“With California’s event and gathering rules the way they are right now, the Father’s Day Weekend Fishing Derby for June 20 is being rescheduled to the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 5,” said Jim. “We sincerely hope you will be able to join us for a fun filled day with family and friends and raising money for our local Volunteer Fire Department.” As a side note, Saturday, Sept. 5 is a free fishing day in California.


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