Pike-free party set for Lake Davis | SierraSun.com

Pike-free party set for Lake Davis

With Lake Davis being chemically treated this past fall to remove the predatory northern pike, all are hoping that the threat to the fishery has been eliminated. With any hope, the northern pike have been removed completely.The local economy in the Portola area certainly suffered during the past several years before the second effort to eradicate the stubborn northern pike population. The difference between the first and second chemical treatments was the fact that the California Department of Fish and Game had the blessing of most of the local populace the second time around. This was due to the formation of a Davis Lake Steering Committee comprised of both government and local citizens who oversaw the attempts to control the population.In the end the pike could not be controlled by alternative means, and the need for chemical treatment became apparent. In the fall the lake was treated and has since been restocked with a huge number of catchable trout, including trophy-size fish.To kick off what appears to be the beginning of a promising future, an event to kick off the season has been scheduled. A Lake Davis Trout Restocking Celebration is planned for Saturday, May 17 from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Coot Bay.Events will include free fishing seminars covering all the basic information on how to get started. They will accommodate anglers of all ages. Seminars will include such topics as catching fish, safety and ethics, knots, rigging, casting regulations and conservation of fisheries. Seminars will be held at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.There will also be some impressive displays, including a 1,200-gallon fish exhibit, a living stream and a watershed model. In addition, there will be a number of activities for children, including fishing, the chance to meet Smokey Bear, make fish prints, various games and contests and a visit with wildlands fire fighters and their fire trucks.The Elks Club will have hamburgers, hot dogs, sodas and water available for sale, and other Portola area establishments will be there to provide food as well. For more information on this event you can check out two different Web sites http://www.plumascounty.or/Communities/Portola.htm and http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/plumas/recreation.Lets all hope that the eradication has been successful and the northern pike have been eliminated. This was once one of the premier fisheries in all of California. We are all hoping that this lake will once again be the terrific fishery that it is capable of being.If havent been fishing Lake Davis because of the pike situation. Give it a chance and return there this season. It promises to be a good season and should only get better in the coming years.Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.

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