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With Autumn here, fishing picks up at Davis Lake

BRUCE AJARI, Sierra Sun

With the fall colors evident around us, the angler knows that the time for great fishing is upon us. Recent reports from Davis Lake are mixed, though most seem to indicate that fishing has really picked up with the cool nights.Davis Lake has been the subject of much controversy since the Department of Fish and Game chemically treated it last fall to eradicate the predatory northern pike. The primary concern of residents has been with their water quality. Treating the lake caused a real rift among local and the Department of Fish and Game, until the recent blunder involving samples of brown bullhead that apparently survived the treatment and were going to be tested for levels of chemicals. These were either lost or thrown out.Jacqueline Schafer, the Director of the Fish and Game Department, requested an independent investigation into the lost samples by the California Highway Patrol. This latest problem has just added to the feeling by the local populace that the Department of Fish and Game is out of control.The department has tried to assist the local economy along by providing many fish plantings. The most recent was the one during the free fishing day last month. The department had been trying to gain public confidence with its efforts.Unfortunately, it appears there is still much work that needs to be done to “patch” things up with the parties involved. The latest request for an investigation by the Highway Patrol is being looked upon by many as meaning little. The skeptics are concerned that another state agency will not be able to do the job.In a bit of good news, people that introduce exotic species, such as the northern pike, into waters will find that a new piece of legislation by Bernie Richter will increase penalties for such an act. The fine has now gone to a maximum of $50,000. I sure hope that this has some impact on stopping these illegal introductions of fish into our nearby lakes.In the meantime, fishing should return to its excellent pretreatment levels of a couple of years ago. Fishing should be very good this year with all of the fish that were introduced into the lake this past summer and fall.Fishing at nearby Frenchman has been very good as well. Having just come back from a great trip, my observation is that most of the fish being caught are small. That is not to say that an occasional nice fish is not being caught.Frenchman, like Davis, was chemically treated in the early ’90s. It has made a very strong comeback, as will Davis. With all of the fish that were introduced, Davis promises to fish well this fall. Keep in mind that a good number of these fish were very large.Davis was a lake that provided the angler an opportunity to catch some truly large fish. Given time – two to three years – the fishery should return to the level prior to the treatment.Remember, it is the fall and the fish are feeding heavily. They know that winter is coming just like the rest of us. Get out there and enjoy yourselves during this wonderful season.Fishing reportBoca – (35,215 ac. ft.) Boca has been fishing fair to good. Anglers fishing from shore are having good success. Most anglers use nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Boaters are having fair success on Kokanee. Most are using a combination of flashers 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, streamers and emergers.Donner – Fishing has been fair to good. 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. Tributaries are now closed.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 – (10,736 ac. ft.) Fishing here has been fair to good. 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 – (205,15] 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. Kokanee are beginning to school. Best bet is to troll some form of flashers and a Kokanee bug or wedding ring with a piece of white corn. As Kokanee school up near the dam jigs such the Buzz Bomb will work well.Truckee River – The release from the dam at Tahoe City has been cut to 241 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, Quigley cripple or a parachute adams are hard to beat. Also with the October Caddis showing, some anglers are doing well with a Stimulator.Other Waters – Frenchman fished good this past week. Davis Lake has also been good. Jackson Meadows is fishing fair to good. Milton Reservoir has been fishing fair 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. Pyramid lake northeast of Reno is open and fishing is good though most fish are small.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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