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Lake Davis and Frenchman Reservoir Fly Fishing Report

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Jon Baiocchi reports on 5.11.17

Lake Davis / Frenchman’s Reservoir Fishing Report

The water levels at Lake Davis have risen 13 feet since January 1st, and it’s full to the brim. I’ve never seen it so big, and one can only truly grasp it unless they are there in person. It’s up into the conifers and forest land. Those rainbows that have the ability to spawn are pretty much done with it, and as in the past, there is a slight lull in the action after the spawn. Water temps are in the mid 50’s, and only small midges have been seen on the lake. The dock at Honker Cove boat ramp is in and operational, as is Lightning Tree on the north end of the lake. Camp 5 boat ramp took a beating this winter and the dock will need to be repaired. Fishing is slow right now, and the fish are scattered. A few more weeks, with an increase in aquatic hatches will improve conditions. Access is much better on the west side road, though a few downed trees still need to be removed.

Frenchman’s water levels have increased as well, and it’s at full pool. There is 100% access and both boat ramps are open and operational. Making presentations from the shoreline and from personal watercraft and boats in all depths of water has been productive, though fish are scattered. My guests last week did fairly well catching a little under a dozen each stripping buggers, wiggle tails, and sheep creek specials from the bank in the south end of the lake. Water temps here are in the mid 50’s as well. I will be in Plumas County guiding full time from the end of May through July 15th. I only have a few days open within that time frame. If I cannot accommodate you, please get on the list for any cancellations that may occur. See ya out there…

Jon Baiocchi
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 228-0487

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