Saturday, January 26, 2008

Lake Davis Open Announcement

Lake Davis opened for ice fishing
Published 12:00 am PST Saturday, January 26, 2008

PORTOLA – Anglers are welcome to drop their lines into frozen Lake Davis after the Plumas County reservoir was reopened Friday by California Department of Fish and Game.

More than 31,000 Eagle Lake trout, planted last month, are there for the catching, said Randy Kelly, acting manager of the Lake Davis project.

The reservoir, which was poisoned in September to eradicate non-native northern pike, is still not safe for drinking, but state health officials expect to lift that restriction next week, said David Spath, who has been testing the water since the chemical treatment.

Spath's analyses found no detectable chemicals in samples taken Jan. 14-15. He said Friday that he is analyzing a third sample taken Tuesday to comply with state law requiring three consecutive findings of no chemicals before certifying the water as safe for drinking.

The standards for drinking water do not apply to fishing, said Kelly, who approved opening the reservoir to anglers with the support of Plumas County and state health officials.

The bag limit for trout in Lake Davis is five a day and 10 in possession, said Kelly. He plans to add a million trout to the reservoir in a fish planting later this year.

– Jane Braxton Little