Lake Davis

Portola, California

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There’s nothing quite like fly fishing Lake Davis mid-June through July, when the damsels are out and about. This one-of-a-kind experience gets a perfect 10 rating. During other months of the season, the fishery scores an 8.5.Lake Davis is about 50 miles north of Reno and seven miles north of Portola, California, in the northeastern part of the state. The lake (reservoir) was built as a water supply for this small town, hence there’s no swimming, water skiing, jet skiing, or other forms of motorized mayhem. This is a blessing for anyone who has struggled to fish waters where these multiple-use activities take place. The Davis weed beds support healthy populations of snails, scuds, damsels, dragons, midges, mayflies, caddisflies, leeches, and baitfish. Type of Fish: Primarily rainbow trout. Also some browns and growing populations of illegally stocked largemouth bass and northern pike. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use.

Lake Davis Professional Review and Guide

"There’s nothing quite like fly fishing Lake Davis mid-June through July, when the damsels are out and about. This one-of-a-kind experience gets a perfect 10 rating. During other months of the season, the fishery scores an 8.5.Lake Davis is about 50 miles north of Reno and seven miles north of Portola, California, in the northeastern part of the state. The lake (reservoir) was built as a water supply for this small town, hence there’s no swimming, water skiing, jet skiing, or other forms of motorized mayhem. This is a blessing for anyone who has struggled to fish waters where these multiple-use activities take place. The Davis weed beds support healthy populations of snails, scuds, damsels, dragons, midges, mayflies, caddisflies, leeches, and baitfish. Type of Fish: Primarily rainbow trout. Also some browns and growing populations of illegally stocked largemouth bass and northern pike. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use."

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Portola
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: March through November, best May through October
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Davis

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May 2018