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Fishing suffers, emotions high in Davis Lake situation

Bruce Ajari

While the fishing has not yet heated up as most anglers anticipate that it will this fall at Davis Lake near Portola, emotions have with what appears to be a Department of Fish and Game blunder.Since the lake was declared clear of harmful chemicals and restocking the lake with nearly a million fish, the Department of Fish and Game seemed poised to regain the shaken confidence of Portola residents.The passage of Senator Leslie’s bill authorizing $9.1 million of state funds to help the troubled County of Plumas and residents of Portola affected by the lack of business also was a means of regaining confidence in the government. With this latest bit of news regarding some lost fish samples, emotions are once again running high in Plumas County and the town of Portola.Many of the Plumas County residents were skeptical of the legislation regarding the $9.1 million because of the condition that prevents any distribution of state funds until criminal charges against the Department of Fish and Game and three officials are resolved.The latest furor is a result of fish that were supposedly taken from Davis that had apparently survived the chemical treatment and were removed prior to the restocking. If this is true, how complete was the kill?At any rate, these fish were apparently discarded prior to testing or in some cases the samples were lost. Because one of the three principals named in the criminal lawsuit is the chief of the department’s Pesticide Investigations Unit, the loss of the samples under his supervision was viewed with even more suspicion.Plumas County and Portola officials are reviewing their options under the agreement that they entered into under the legislation. Many residents feel as if the department of Fish and Game is “bullying” them.Because of this latest blunder, the seeds of trust that had been sewn by the department may never bear fruit. Residents are now looking at the Department of Fish and Game with disdain.The department was making great strides by restocking local area waters with large numbers of fish in hopes of luring back the tourist trade to the Portola region. It is working too.Business for local area residents is reported to be dramatically up since Davis Lake re-opened.The department needs to follow-up with testing of fish that come out of Davis for however long the residents feel that it is needed.The primary concern of the residents, and a valid one, is wanting to be sure the fish that come out of the lake are fit for consumption and that their water supply is not causing them harm.In my estimation, the department owes local residents this measure of insurance for them to feel safe.It would also do a great deal to build an atmosphere of trust between the community and the Department of Fish and Game.If the department does not do something to mend this rift, local residents will never trust them again.Some may never trust the department again at any rate, but that is true with any disagreement.The department has quite a large job of fence mending to help ease the fears and concerns of Plumas County and Portola residents.Let’s hope that they are up to the task.Politics and opinions aside, the fishing should be very good at Davis this fall. Would I eat the fish from Davis? This is the beauty of fishing mostly catch and release; you do not have to worry about it. Any fish that I do keep will most likely not come out of this lake, though.Am I questioning the safety? Why take any chances, “time heals all wounds.”Fishing ReportBoca – (38, 585 ac. ft.) Boca has been fishing fair. Anglers fishing from shore near dam are having some success. Most anglers use nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Boaters are having fair success on Kokanee. Most are using a combination offlashers and a wedding ring or Kokanee Bug with a piece of white corn. Those trolling for trout are using a combination of flashers and a nightcrawler or minnow imitating lure. Flyfishermen near the inlet should have fair to good action using a variety of nymphs, streamer, and emergers.Donner – Fishing has been fair. Most anglers fishing for rainbows on the west end and near the launch ramp have had some success. Nightcrawlers and Powerbait seem to be the main bait. Trollers using minnow imitating lures have had fair to good success. Kokanee fishing has also been fair to good. Most are trolling Ted’s Bugs, Kokanee Bugs or wedding rings with a piece of white corn behind a flasher.Lake Tahoe – Fishing has been good for mackinaw. Most fish are in the five to seven pound range. A guide is highly recommended if you are fishing for mackinaw for the first time. Toplining and shore fishing is fair. Remember tributaries will close on September 30.Martis Lake – (Martis Is restricted to artificial lures with barbless hooks. Zero fish may bagged or possessed). Fishing is fair to good Most use nymphs such as the Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Damselfly imitations or the A. P. Small midge patterns have also been good at times. Streamers that imitate small fish, and woolly buggers are also good choices. For surface activity, patterns such as the Quiqley Cripple, Martis Midge, Parachute Adams and Griffith’s Knat are good choices.Little Truckee River – Fishing has been fair to good. Most anglers are using nightcrawlers, powerbait or salmon eggs at the inlet of Boca Reservoir. Flyfishermen are taking fish on nymphs, emergers and streamers.Prosser – (16,468 ac. ft.) Fishing here has been fair. Bank fishermen using nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Most trollers are pulling a combination of flashers and nightcrawlers or a minnow imitating lure. Flyfishermen near the inlets have taken a few fish mostly on nymphs and streamers.Stampede – (206,815 ac. ft.) Stampede is fair to good Most shore anglers are taking a few fish. Most use the typical baits, nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Those throwing lures are also having some success. Topliners have fair to good success for kokanee salmon. With the warm weather the fish are being found in deeper water. Most use a flasher of some sort and a kokanee bug or wedding ring with a piece of white corn.Truckee River – The release from the dam at Tahoe City is at 338 cubic per second. Fishing has been fair to good. Bait, lures or flies have been successful in the river between Tahoe City and Truckee. In the wild trout section below Truckee flyfishermen are using nymphs such as the caddis larva, prince, birds nest, hares ear, or pheasant tail with good success. For dries try a humpy, elk hair caddis, or a parachute adams are hard to beat. Grasshoppers are still abundant and imitations can take some fish during the day. Streamers can be productive too.Other Waters – Frenchman fished fair to good this past week. Davis lake has been fair. Jackson Meadows is fishing fair to good. Milton Reservoir has been fishing fair to good for flyfishermen. Middle Fork of the Feather River & Portola Area – The Middle Fork of the Feather River and many of the smaller streams in the area have been heavily stocked and are fishing fair to good.Sierra Sun E-mail: sun@tahoe.comVisitors Guide | News | Diversions | Marketplace | Weather | CommunityCopyright, tahoe.com. Materials contained within this site maynot be used without permission.About tahoe.com… 


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