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2011 Fishing Report

 
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Welcome to our "2011" Fishing Report Web Page!

Please stop by the store and tell us how you did so that we can "Share" the information with your fellow anglers!

Reminder:  Make your 2012 Reservations to ensure that you have your "favorite" site! 
Dec 08 Drove around the lake today to check ice conditions. The road around the lake is open with some icy spots, mostly on the west side.
Could not check Eagle Point because of a logging truck blocking the road.
Camp 5, Freeman, and Cow Creek have some open water.
Mallard has significant open water still.
Honker Cove at the point has open water
All other areas have ice, not very thick yet; able to throw a rock and break through. There is no official monitoring of the ice thickness; so please use EXTREME CAUTION when going on the ice!
Have had good reports of limits at Mallard the last few days. Worms or Powerbait (rainbow, sherbet to lemon twist)
We are having nights in the teens and days in the 40s with lots of sunshine.
Dec. 07 Fishing is still great despite the cooler weather!  Several fishermen have caught their limits in a couple of hours of great looking fish! Call the store for more details on what they were using!
Nov 12 We have decided not to pull the dock today (Friday). Looking at the next weeks weather, we have decided to leave it in another week and keep an eye on what develops this next weekend (19-20). Fishing has been outstanding, and we hope that the extra week will be good for everyone!
Nov 9 Fishing has been great despite the colder weather.  The boat docks at Camp Five and Lighting Tree have been removed.  The boat dock at Honker Cove is due to be removed this week!
Oct 25 Fishing has been fantastic the past few days. Same lures/bait/flies plus the Red Rainbow Runner; as last week. Had a group of fly fishermen in from San Jose and they had a wonderful weekend. Weather is holding, nice during the day, cold at night. Steve, one of our campers caught several nice 3 pounders trolling with a Dick Nite Copper Red Head.
 

Oct 17

Fishing has been great for the last week. Worms or powerbait from the shore. Needlefish Fire Tiger or Red Dot Frog and Dick Nite Copper Red heads trolling. Also Wiggle tails for trolling. Fly fishing with blood midge, snails, scuds, wooly buggers.
The water has turned, the water temp is about 55. Lake level is still at 78% full.

Oct 04 Fishing has been great for the last week. Worms or powerbait from the shore. Needlefish Fire Tiger or Red Dot Frog and Dick Nite Copper Red heads trolling. Also Wiggle tails for trolling. Fly fishing with blood midge, snails, scuds, wooly buggers.
Water temp is about 61 in the morning warming to 65. Lake level is at 78% full.

Big Mike and Big Ed were in 9-30-11. They had been trolling Jay Fair Wiggle Tails around the big island and landed 51 fish between them.

We have a picture of a proud fisher girl posted, it is Wendi. She is 6yrs goes to the local school in Portola.
 
Sep 07 Lake Conditions: The current lake level is 82% (20% higher than last year at this time!).  The temperature is between 69 and 72 degrees.

Shore fishing:    Been a bit slow but best results with power bait or worms.  Eagle Point and Fairview have also been doing well.  Catfish are also being caught throughout the lake.

Trolling:  Wee Dick Nite Copper Red Head has been the lure of choice for the past several days.  Larger fish are about 20 feet deep.

Fly fishing:  Been a bit slow, best reports have been using calebatis or Blood Midge with a sinking line in the Jenkins Point area.  Fly fishing should pick up in the next few days.

Aug 29 Lake Conditions: The current lake level is 82% (20% higher than last year at this time!).  The temperature is between 70 and 72 degrees.

Shore fishing:    Been a bit slow but best results with power bait or worms.  Around the south point just below Honker a nice 2 pounder was caught on Aug 29th, using powerbait.  Eagle Point and Fairview have also been doing well.  Catfish are also being caught throughout the lake.

Trolling:  Wee Dick Nite Copper Red Head has been the lure of choice for the past several days.  Larger fish are about 20 feet deep.

Fly fishing:  Been a bit slow, best reports have been using calebatis or Blood Midge with a sinking line in the Jenkins Point area.  Fly fishing should pick up in the next few days.

Aug 15 Lake Conditions: The current lake level is 84%. The temperature was in the low 70's yesterday afternoon.

Ed Dillard reported that trolling between the boat dock and the dam at 10 - 12 feet with the Wee Dick Nite Copper Red Head was yielding limits plus. The fish are still making you work to catch them. Bank fishing is the slowest, Coot, Eagle Point or Catfish Cove the best bets. Fly fishing on the North West side, damsels, calebatis, or wooly buggers, or anchoring and soaking bait north of the Big Island.

Aug 03 Lake Conditions: The current lake level is 85%. The temperature was in the low 70's yesterday afternoon.

The fish are making you work to catch them. Bank fishing is the slowest, Coot, Eagle Point or Catfish Cove the best bets. Fly fishing on the North West side, damsels, calebatis, or wooly buggers. Trolling deep (20-25 feet) or anchoring and soaking bait. Limits Plus are still being caught on north side of the island with Sherbet Power Bait.

Jul 29 Lake Conditions: The current lake level is 85%. The temperature was 68 yesterday afternoon.

Bank seems to have slowed some, but patience will pay off. Trolling has been doing well. Jay Clark reported that the Blood Midge, Damsel, and Wiggle Tails were doing the best. One of our campers reported that they were "doing REAL WELL" anchoring their boat just North of the Big Island and using Sherbet Power Bait.

Crawfish are still plentiful throughout the lake.
 
Jul 21 Lake Conditions: The current lake level is 86%. The temperature was 67 yesterday afternoon.

Bank and Fly fishing seems to have slowed some. Trolling has been doing well, today Larry Goldsmith and Ed Dillard reported that the Needlefish Red Dot Frog were doing the best.

There ARE big fish in the lake! Congratulations to Jason Rachal Caught 7/16/11 bank fishing just North of the buoys at the dam 23 inches 4lb 8 oz. A picture is on our Photos Web Page.

Crawfish are plentiful throughout the lake.
 
Jul 12 Lake Conditions: The current lake level is at 87%. With a temperature in the low 70s.

Fishing is basically the same as last week.
Fly fishing doing well at Catfish Cove, Camp 5, Jenkins, Cow Creek and Freeman Creek areas.
Leo and Dave from San Jose--We fished this past weekend (7/9 all day and 7/10 half day). We landed 44 fish between us up to 19 inches. We caught our fish in the Cow Creek area and were fishing small nymphs - blood midges - (size 14-16) under a strike indicator at about 7-8 feet deep.

Bank fishing, Catfish Cove, Eagle Point, Coot Bay and Fairview.

Trolling west side 5-7 feet in 10 -15 feet of water, on the east side larger and more aggressive fish 20 to 30 feet in 40 to 50 feet of water.

Catfish are being caught in Coot Bay, Catfish Cove, and Fairview.

Crawfish are plentiful throughout the lake.
 
Jul 06 Larry Goldsmith (one of our great fishing guides on Lake Davis) reported that fishing on the west side in the shallow (10-15') water and trolling the Dick Nite, small needle fish (firetiger), and red spotted frog at 3-5' deep has been very productive. The larger fish are holding at 20-30' in the 40-50' deep water... same lures......very aggressive, hard fighting fish, all the way to the boat!!
Jul 05 The damsel hatch has begun. North of Cow Creek, Catfish Cove and Five Tree Point have all seen significant hatches. Callibaetis hatches are still reported in mid morning and late afternoon.
Flies being used are Damsels, Callibaetis, Blood Midge, Pheasant tail, Sheep Creek and Black Wooly Buggers.

Bank fishing has been reported as slow, however several limits have been caught. Inflated nightcrawlers, Power Bait in Rainbow, Orange, Sherbet or Lemon Twist.

Trolling, Dick Nite Copper Red Head, Sockeye Slammer #2 Firetiger, Needlefish Red Dot Frog, Metallic Perch, or Fire Tiger.
Jun 30 Lake Conditions: The water temperature is in the high 60s to low 70s
Lake level is currently 88% full and has been fluctuating between 88% and 90%.

Fly fishing: Damsals are being reported sporadically. Flies being used are Damsals, Pheasant Tail, Sheep Creek, Blood Midge Pupa, Wooly Buggers and Wiggle Tails. Best results have been on the west side of the lake from Eagle Point up to Freeman Creek. It was also recommended to use an intermediate line about 10 to 12 feet below the surface.

Bank Fishing: Nightcrawlers, Power bait in Rainbow, Sherbet, Chartreuse, or Orange. Good results at Eagle Point, Catfish Cove, Coot Bay and Fairview Point.
Catfish are starting to bite.

Trolling: Better fish are being caught north of the big island. Trolling Dick Nite Copper Red Heads, Sockeye Slammer Fire Tiger, Rainbow Runner in Red or Green, Needlefish in Fire Tiger, Metallic Perch, or Red Dot Frog.
Sunday the bigger fish were at 20 to 25 feet, in the main channel from about Mallard Cove to the Lightning Tree Boat Ramp.

Come Reel in the Fun!

Jun 24

Lake Conditions: The water temperature is in the low to mid 60 degrees.

Lake level is 88% full and has been fluctuating between 88% and 90%

Everyone that attended the Portola Rotary Fishing  Derby last weekend had a great time. A lot of fish were caught during the fishing derby Saturday the 18th of June. The winning fish was 19.74 inches and 2.01 pounds

 

Fly Fishing:  No reports of Damsel hatch yet, a few have been seen in the water column

Flying Ants and May Fly hatches are happening. 

Flies being used:  Blood Midge, Copper John, Pheasant Tail, Damsel, Callibaetis, Wooly Bugger and Wiggle Tail in Burnt Orange or Olive.

 

Trolling: Dick Nite Copper Red Head;  Needlefish in Red Dot Frog, Metallic Perch or Fire Tiger;  Sockeye Slammer #2 in Fire Tiger.

 

Bank fishing: Nightcrawlers; Powerbait in Chartreuse, Rainbow or Orange.

 

Limits plus are being caught.

 

Please stop by the store and tell us how you did so that we can share this information with your fellow anglers!

Reminder:  Make your 2011 Reservations to ensure that you have your "favorite" site! 

Jun 13

Lake Conditions: The water temperature has risen to about 59 degrees.
Lake level has been fluctuating between 88% and 90%

Fly-fishing: May fly hatches have been reported mid-morning and again in mid-afternoon. Damsels have been seen in the water column but no hatch yet. Flies being used are Jay Fair Wiggle Tail in burnt orange or olive. Bead Head Flashback Pheasant Tail; Blood Midge Pupa, Callibaetis Emerger; Wooly Bugger,

Bank Fishing: Inflated Nightcrawlers, Power Bait in Orange, Rainbow or Chartreuse

Trolling: Sockeye Slammer Fire Tiger #2, Sockeye Slammer Hot Pink 1, Fire Tiger 1; Rainbow Runner in Red; Wee Dick Nite Copper Red Head, Needlefish in Red Dot Frog, Metallic Perch or Fire Tiger.

Limits plus are being caught.
Please stop by the store and tell us how you did so that we can "share" this information with your fellow anglers.

 Reminder:  Make your 2011 Reservations to ensure that you have your "favorite" site! 

Jun 06

Lake Conditions: The Lake is fluctuating between 88% and 90% full

The road around the lake and all fishing access points are clear of snow.

Water temp has dropped and is between 48 and 53 degrees depending on where you are on the lake.

Trolling: Wee Dick Nite Copper Red Heads, Sockeye Slammer #2 Fire Tiger; Needlefish Red Dot Frog, Metallic Perch, or Fire Tiger; and Rainbow Runner in Red. Have all been doing well. Be prepared to change lures, one will be hot and then all of a sudden wont work.

Bank Fishing: Nightcrawlers or Powerbait in Orange, Rainbow, or Chartreuse.

Fly Fishing: There have been reports of May Fly hatches, no reports yet of Damsel hatches. Blood Midge pupa, bead head flash back pheasant tail, Jay Fair Wiggle Tail in Burnt Orange, Rust, or Olive; and Wooly Buggers are all doing well.

Limits plus are being caught.
Please stop by the store and tell us how you did so that we can "share" this information with your fellow anglers.

 Reminder:  Make your 2011 Reservations to ensure that you have your "favorite" site! 

May 31

The lake level has been fluctuating between 89 and 90%. Surface water temperature is in the high 50's. All fishing access points are open.  As of 5/28/11 there is still a large snow bank between Freeman Creek and Big Grizzly Creek. All three boat docks are in the water at Honker Cove, Camp 5, and Lightning Tree.

Several 3 to 5 pounders were caught over Memorial Day Weekend.  Most in the 1 to  1.5 pound range.  Limits are being caught.

Bank: Fishermen report that Nightcrawlers, or PowerBait in Rainbow or Charteuse seems to be working the best.

Trolling:  Fishermen report trolling at 6 to 10 feet, using Dick Nite Copper Red Head, Red Rainbow Runner, and Red Dot Frogs have been the best. 

Fly:  Fishermen report that Wiggle Tails in Burnt Orange or Olive, Wolly Buggers, Bead Head Flash Back Pheasant Tail, Blood Midge Pupa have all been producing nicely.  Wiggle Tail in Burnt Orange has been the most productive.  The May Fly Hatches have been reported on the West Side around 11 AM.

Please stop by the store and tell us how you did so that we can "share" this information with your fellow anglers.

 Reminder:  Make your 2011 Reservations to ensure that you have your "favorite" site! 

May 06

The lake level is at 88% as of this morning.  Fishermen report trolling at 6 to 10 feet, using Dick Nite Copper Red Head, Red Rainbow Runner, and Red Dot Frogs have been the best.  They reported that they caught 12 in about 3 hours.

Shore fishing nightcrawlers are producing the best results.

Fly fishing, nymphs and Jay Fair Wiggle Tails in Burnt or Cinnamon have been reported as the best.

Mallard Cove and Coot Bay are fully accessible.  Honker Cove boat ramp is in the water and open.

The West side road is still snow-packed at the turn-off from Lake Davis Road.

 Reminder:  Make your 2011 Reservations to ensure that you have your "favorite" site! 

Apr 30 The boat ramp is in the water!

Yesterday we finally got the boat ramp in the water!  The mooring cable was broken and Pandora from USFS funded the replacement.  We appreciate the support from Ed Dillard, Larry Goldsmith, Tony Olson, and Jeanne Graham (at least) that supported this effort!  Thanks to all!

Apr 06

The weather is "warming" and the fish are confused.

Fishing has been slow, but nice fish are being caught.  Mepps spinners at Honker Cove, and Chartruse Power Bait at Coot's Bay.  A nice 3 pounder was caught at Coot's Bay on April 3rd.  Lake level is 73% and rising.  There is ice still in the dam area, but it is NOT safe to go on.  You will have to walk through snow to get to the lake.  Access by vehicle only on the East side, the road is clear up to mallard Cove access road.

 Reminder:  Make your 2011 Reservations to ensure that you have your "favorite" site! 

Mar 09

Despite the "warming weather", winter bite is improving every day!!

There have been a few ice fishermen near the dam.  The thickness is reported to be about three and a half inches at Mallard Cove and about four to five inches at the dam. The ice is starting to thin and melt along the bank.  There is no official monitoring of the ice thickness; so please use EXTREME CAUTION when going on the ice! Since we are closed for maintenance this month, we do not have any current fishing reports! We have Fishing and Hunting licenses and tags for 2011. Along with Out of State OHV Tags.

Feb 12

Despite the "warming weather", winter bite is improving every day!!

There have been a few ice fishermen near the dam.  The thickness is reported to be about four and a half inches at Mallard Cove and about eight inches at the dam. The ice is starting to thin and melt along the bank.  Due to the colder weather at night, it is re-freezing; but it is still thin. There is no official monitoring of the ice thickness; so please use EXTREME CAUTION when going on the ice!  A nice five plus pounder was recently caught.  Fish are being caught at the dam, Coots Bay, and Mallard Cove.  Also on the other side of the island from Mallard Cove. The fishermen that stopped in the store were using Nightcrawlers, Power Bait in Rainbow and Chartruese; but jigs are also working well. We have Fishing and Hunting licenses and tags for 2011. Along with Out of State OHV Tags.

Jan 22 Despite the "warming weather", winter bite is improving every day!!

There have been a few ice fishermen near the dam.  Frank Perri and the Sacramento group all limited out today. They reported that the average size was fifteen inches!!  The thickness is reported to be about six inches.  There is no official monitoring of the ice thickness; so please use EXTREME CAUTION when going on the ice!  The fishermen that stopped in the store were using Power Bait they caught several really nice fish.  They were using a jig with a bit of PowerBait on the hook.

Jan 19

Despite the "warming weather", winter bite is improving every day!!

There have been a few ice fishermen near the dam.  The thickness is reported to be about six inches.  There is no official monitoring of the ice thickness; so please use EXTREME CAUTION when going on the ice!  The fishermen that stopped in the store were using Power Bait they caught several really nice fish.  They were using a jig with a bit of PowerBait on the hook.

Jan 08

Winter bite is improving every day!!

There have been a few ice fishermen near the dam.  The thickness is reported to be about six inches.  There is no official monitoring of the ice thickness; so please use EXTREME CAUTION when going on the ice!  The fishermen that stopped in the store were using Power Bait they caught several really nice fish.  They were using a jig with a bit of PowerBait on the hook.

We have Fishing and Hunting licenses and tags for 2011. J&J's Grizzly Store as yet another new service for our customers....We now have out of state off road vehicle tags (ATV, snowmobile, dirt bike).  Stop by the store for your winter fun needs!

Jan 01

Winter bite is starting to be good!!

There have been a few ice fishermen near the dam.  The thickness is reported to be about five inches.  There is no official monitoring of the ice thickness; so please use EXTREME CAUTION when going on the ice!  The fishermen that stopped in the store were using Power Bait they caught about 25 fish.  They also tried Night Crawlers, but it was slow.

We have Fishing and Hunting licenses and tags for 2011.

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