Fishing Reports

4 reports total
Davis Lake - September 18th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
      I took my boat up to Davis Lake to check out some reports I had received from a few customers about some big Rainbows being caught in the Odell Creek end of the lake. I launched the boat and cruised around the lower end of the lake just looking for Bass and Trout for a couple of hours. I spotted a ton of small Bass and a few big ones, but no trout to speak of in the lower lake. I made my way to the Odell end of the lake and found a three boats and a couple of anglers in pontoon boats fishing the channel. I anchored off the side of the channel and rigged up a intermediate sink line with a callibaetis nymph on the end of a 5X leader. I made my first cast and started stripping as soon as my fly hit the water. On the second strip, my line jerked tight and a 24" Rainbow rocketed from the water and landed with a huge splash turning the heads of the other anglers on the lake. It was a beautiful fish, but came unbuttoned as I was reaching for my net. I moved a number of times searching different parts of the channel and hooked a couple more smaller fish. There were a few duns on the water as well as a few spinners, but I didn't have any luck fishing either one on a floating line. I had to cut my day short and get off the lake to head home for a barbecue with friends, But I can't wait to get back up there and try it again. It's been a while since I caught a nice trout on Davis and brought back some great memories of the days long ago when you could catch 10 to 15 trout over 5 pounds in a single day. Ahh...the good old days.

Patient Pete
Davis Lake - September 19th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good

Davis Lake

Thursday 9/15/11


Davis is fishing well.  The full moon has put a damper on Bass but Trout fishing has been outstanding.  Striping Damsels quickly on floating or intermediate lines seems to be the trick.  Time of day did not matter; little or no wind appeared to be the key.  Therefore, with little or no wind, steal and accurate casts are very important.  Fish the Odell arm, “get out there and catch some fish.”



Davis Lake - July 20th, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
   I have been receiving a number of good Bass fishing reports at Davis Lake in the last couple of weeks, and Thu loves to eat Bass, so we packed the camper and headed to Davis Lake for the weekend.

  Not too long ago, Davis Lake was one of our most beloved and very productive trophy trout lakes. Now, because of the illegal introduction of Large Mouth Bass, Davis has turned into a trophy Bass fishery. There are still some nice trout in the lake and great hatches to match throughout the season, but not like it used to be as far as numbers and size goes.

   Thu and I arrived on Friday evening and set up camp at the Lava campground, and then jumped in our canoe for a quick fish before dark. We paddled out to the weed area in front of the campground and caught half dozen Bass casting poppers to the edge of the weeds. None of the Bass were bigger then 12 inches, but it was fun casting a popper to these aggressive fish again. 

  Saturday morning we started out early and paddled across to the Ranger and Moore creek side of the lake and started working our way north along the weed beds. We had a lot of action working the weed line on the north end with poppers and streamer patterns. We found that most of the fish we found along and in the weeds to be on the small side, but there were a lot of them. The most important thing was to cast your fly right on the edge of the weeds, If you’re fly lands more than a foot away from the weeds, the number of strikes you got reduced dramatically. If you land your fly inside that foot zone or better yet right on the weeds, you got a take almost every time. We made our way over to the north end of the lava flow and started fishing back along the lava flow towards camp. As soon as we got to where the water was deeper off the lava, we started to see bigger fish. Once again, I found that if I could place my cast so my fly landed right next to the lava, it would get hammered as soon as it hit the water. I caught my two biggest Bass of the day with a cast right to the rocks. Thu made one cast that was a little too long and it landed over the top of a large lava rock on the edge of the lake with a slanted face. With a soft pull, her popper came over the top of the rock and ever so slowly, rolled down the face of the rock and into the water. The moment the popper hit the water, a big Bass that was stationed at the base of the rock exploded on her fly and the fight was on. Although we did see a few anglers picking up some nice size bass just trolling poppers in open water along the lava flow, we seemed to have better luck fishing the structure along the edges.  

  Thu and I were both casting 8 wt rods with floating lines and used 10 – 15 lb leaders. We caught Bass using Zonkers with copper or silver bodies, three different Sculpin patterns, Rabbit leaches and poppers. All the streamer patterns were weighted with dumbbell eyes or cone heads to help get them down and to give them more action when retrieved.   

If you haven’t had a Big-O-Bass crush your popper in a while, you might give Davis Lake a try while it’s still good.

The Patient Angler     

Peter Bowers
Davis Lake - June 10th, 2006
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 69 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Davis Lake as you know is filled with large mouth bass, and we’re all sad it happened to one of our trophy trout lakes. But it has opened a door to some pretty exciting fishing for Big Bass with a fly rod. I guess you have to look at the bright side of things. The big bass in Davis average 5 to 8 pounds and will aggressively take top water flies. We have a large rattling frog popper that you cast into the weeds or against the lava flow and give it slow chugging strip and the bass explode on it. We recommend a 15 pound leader and an 8wt rod, very helpful in getting a big bass out of the weeds

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