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Lake Davis: An Incredibly Good Trout Fishery

By Jon Baiocchi
Lake Davis was created in 1966 when the California Department of Water Resources dammed Grizzly Creek Valley to provide arid parts of California with water. In doing so they also created the perfect habitat for game fish. Lake Davis was born and the fish have thrived ever since. The Lake’s rich bio-mass creates the dense insect population upon which the stocked rainbow trout feed and grow large in a short time.

Lake Davis, Plumas County,

The lake sits at an elevation of 5,775 feet and has a surface area of 4,026 acre feet. It’s a shallow lake with deeper submerged creek beds running through on the north and east side reaching 50-60 feet at their deepest point. The shallow areas of Lake Davis are what make this still water fly-fishery so special. Large Rainbow Trout come into feed heavily in these areas as they contain all of the insect life they need grow fat and feisty.

Trolling and soaking bait is the most preferred way for anglers to hook up who use conventional tackle. For trolling, the hot lures are needle fish and special trolling flies. The go-to bait for bank fishing is an inflated night crawler topped with a bit of rainbow PowerBait just off the bottom above the weeds.

Lake Davis Rainbow, Plumas County,

Fly-Angling Mecca: There is a huge cult following of fly anglers who come from all over the western United States every year just to ply the shores of Lake Davis; it’s that good! The famous hatch here is the Damselfly migration that starts in June and ends in late July. The trout key in on these small swimming nymphs as they make their way to shore and hatch into adults. The fishing is great but can become challenging as the fish wise up to the crowds of fly anglers chasing after them, but with the right fly and the perfect presentation you will be rewarded with your prize.

Timing is everything at Lake Davis and the best time to fish here is May, June, and the early part of July. During late summer water temps heat up and fishing slows down but as soon as September rolls around and the mornings get frosty, it’s a whole different story. The fall bite is the best fishing to be had all year, some days are just outright insane! The peak of the fall fishing is mid-October to the end of November, or until the first big snowfall happens.

Lake Davis in Winter, Plumas County,

A year-round playground: As winter sets in Lake Davis becomes a snowmobilers paradise with miles of roads to navigate and enjoy. The lake ices over during this time and brings out anglers who like to ice fish for the rainbow trout despite the frigid conditions, and they do quite well by the way.

Lake Davis is also a beautiful piece of the Sierra in the spring and summer with meadows of native grasses and wildflowers touching deep forests of Jeffery and Cedar pines mingled with Aspen trees. Along the banks Mountain Willows are plentiful and provide the very best habitat for many bird species that live there.

Waterfowl are abundant here as well. Many visitors simply come to the lake to view the birds and wildlife instead of casting a fishing rod.

Besides the outstanding fishing this time of year, the fall colors of the lake are absolutely stunning as the Aspens and Willows glow and radiate their splendor providing photography buffs and nature lovers the very best eye candy.

Lake Davis Campground, Grasshopper Flat, Plumas County,

Campers Welcome: Visitors will find upgraded facilities as the Forest Service has made vast improvements all over the lake including campgrounds, boat ramps, and access areas. There is also a newly constructed hiking and mountain biking trail that flows through the coniferous woods and meadows and circles the entire lake.

There is a general store here with the all the hot fishing gear and supplies you’ll need for your stay. Lodging, private campgrounds, and cabin rentals are available but are limited. About 5 miles down the road, you will find the city of Portola with many more services and supplies. The city of Portola relies on the lake for its drinking water supply, so personal watercraft and water skiing is not allowed. This is strictly a trophy trout lake for fishing, and one that gets anglers excited just talking about it! So grab the rod and head on up to find your rainbow at beautiful Lake Davis.

Welcome to Lake Davis!

Photos by Jon Baiocchi, Duane Dotts, John Pato, Sr.


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