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Frenchman Lake is iced over except in a couple of spots. The only fishable open water is at Ship’s Cove across from the dam, but you will have to hike a ways to get to it.
“Cornelio Quintana from Loyalton limited out on rainbow trout there yesterday using nightcrawlers,” said Richard Wiggin of Wiggin’s Trading Post.
“There are reports of some people fishing through the ice at the dam, but we are not recommending this,” said Wiggin. “It warms up considerably in the afternoon and the ice starts to break apart. There are also puddles of water on top of the ice in other areas of the lake, so please use caution.”
At Lake Davis, there is a large area of open water west of the Big Island. “Folks were fishing in the dam area yesterday,” said Jeanne Graham at the J&J Grizzly Store and Camping Resort in Portola. “There is no report on the thickness of the ice there.”
At Mallard towards the South the ice was about 4inches on Wednesday. Towards the North side it is opening up.
“Trout fishing is slow, but patience is paying off,” said Graham. “Nice fish are being caught, just not in large numbers.
The lake is holding 64% of capacity. “Remember the ice is not offically monitored. It is up to you to decide if it is safe or not,” she added.
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