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Lake Davis Guided Fly Fishing with Baiocchi’s Troutfitters

About Fly Fishing Lake Davis



Fly fishing Lake Davis is a must experience for the stillwater fly angler, and is one of the best trophy trout lakes in the Northern California. Lake Davis was made for fly fishing with its fertile shallows that offer the finest trout stalking from shore, and submerged creek beds that hold large rainbows. Sitting at 5,885 feet, this beautiful lake in eastern Plumas County is surrounded by tamarack pines and lush meadows which display abundant wildflowers during the spring and summer season. Spectacular displays of waterfowl and wildlife surround you while fly fishing the pristine waters. The pike are long gone and the trout are back to grazing like cattle in the productive weed beds of Lake Davis. You have got to wet a line and fly fish here to believe it, its an amazing experience!

Flats Fire

A video featuring Jon fishing at dawn on a smokey morning at Lake Davis by Ken Hanley of Pacific Extremes


Lake Davis Rainbow Trout

The rainbow trout of Lake Davis include the Eagle Lake Rainbow strain which is known for its hard fighting abilities, and fast growth rate. These fish are hot, and often times will take you into your backing. With the current high population of aquatic insects, these fish have been putting on the pounds showing some heavy girth as of late. There may not be as many fish as years prior, but rainbows are averaging from 3 to 6 pounds. Once you hook into one of these fish, you will come back time and time again to experience the magic. Jon is the busiest fly fishing guide at Lake Davis and has logged over a thousand days, his experience and knowledge is gladly shared to his many guests.

Baiocchi’s Troutfitters Guide Boat

If you plan on fishing with Jon on Lake Davis you will be treated to his Tracker Pro Deep V-16 modified gullwing designed boat. It’s a safe boat in big water with plenty of storage for all your gear. Its open design is perfect for fly fishing when casting out of the boat, and easy to get in and out of when fishing the shoreline.

The Best Seasons for Fishing Lake Davis

The best seasons of Lake Davis are spring, early summer, and fall. Spring time brings the famous damselfly hatch, where sight fishing to individual rainbow trout with the right damsel pattern can be thrilling. As fall creeps in the fish feel the onslaught of winter coming and begin to gorge on any available food to fatten up for winter, fantastic blood midge and callibaetis hatches while sight fishing with the dry fly can be had during the month of September. The fish are greedy and hungry during the fall, and this is when fly fishing is at its best at Lake Davis.

Lake Davis Aquatic Insect Hatches

The aquatic insect hatches of Lake Davis can be very profuse at times and that’s what makes this lake so good for fly fishing. Blood midge, dozens of chironomid species, Callibaetis mayflies, backswimmers, Hexagenia mayflies, and damselflies make their home at Lake Davis. Crayfish and snails are also on the menu for the resident rainbow trout. With the biggest biomass of any stillwater in the state of California, you can always count on experiencing a good hatch with rising fish.

Guided Fly Fishing Services


Jon’s guide services on Lake Davis include fly fishing instruction, all terminal tackle (special flies, leaders, tippets, etc.) and boats when applicable. Knowledge of waters, hatches, flies to be fished, and techniques and tactics included. Catch and release angling and barbless hooks are strongly encouraged. If you’re looking for the best stillwater game in town, book a trip with Jon at Lake Davis, you won’t be disappointed!

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Lake Davis Current Fishing Reports

Visit Jon’s blog for frequently updated fishing reports on Lake Davis, Frenchman’s Reservoir, the North Fork Yuba River, the Middle Fork Feather River, the Lower Yuba River, and other destinations in Northern California.

Read Jon’s article about a productive day on the water at Lake Davis at My Outdoor Buddy.


“Jon, you are always so real in your posts. Thank you for this. I can speak from experience that ‘catching fish’ is only half the fun when fishing Lake Davis with you. You are the ‘professor’ of this lake and although the fish may be a bit picky this fall, I’m sure the glassy mornings, birds and tranquil setting more than make up for it! I’m looking forward to the end of the month with you.”

– Mark Baldwin, San Jose, Ca

“Both Chris and I had a great time with you Jon. He keeps his boat and equipment in great shape and it was a pleasure to spend the two days on Lake Davis with him. Jon’s knowledge of the fishery and productive fishing techniques is excellent. The boat and truck tours he gave us helped us to understand the layout and how to access the best spots during the whole year. And on top of all that, Chris and I caught fish on both days! The average size of the fish was bigger than I expected and they gave us some amazing jumps and runs. Now that we have knowledge of the lake, we can’t wait to try it again.”

-Tight lines, Ed Barich

“Jon, just wanted to tell you that Joe and I really enjoyed your guiding yesterday. As I told him, the best guides put you on the fish, and the rest is pretty much up to the client. But you did far more than that, and Joe appreciated the casting tips. He has not gone out that much, but I have been trying to help wean him off the spinning rod. He is getting there thanks to you.”

-Sincerely, Greg Jacobs

“I had the pleasure of fishing with Jon on Lake Davis recently for the first time. His equipment, knowledge, and manner were top-notch and his knowledge of the local waters he guides is unsurpassed. Despite tough conditions, he got us into fish with the right flies at the right time and we had a great morning of fishing”

-Craig, Chico CA

“Dean Rhodes and I fished with Jon for two days in early November on Davis Lake. It was one of the most enjoyable trips I have had in 45 years of fishing. The catching was fast almost all day with 40 to 60 trout landed between Dean and myself. Most of the trout were in the 16″ to 20″ range, with most of them around 18″. In addition Jon is a joy to be with. I am looking forward to fishing with him on Eagle Lake and hitting Davis Lake again next year”

– Dan Madison, Concord, Ca

“Had a great time fishing with you again, would not have caught fish without you!

-Rick Serini, Calistoga CA




Jon Baiocchi, owner and guide

Baiocchi’s Troutfitters

578 Sutton Way #255

Grass Valley, Ca 95945


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