Doug Busey
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December 28, 2012
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Mac the Naw: Casting into a New Year

Hello fellow anglers, New Year's Day is right around the corner. Are you ready for the big day?

A few things you need to know before you get ready for the Topaz Lake Opener on Jan. 1. For Nevada residents, your fishing license is valid until Feb. 28. As for California residents, you will need to renew your license before or on Jan. 1 if you plan to fish Topaz Lake. You can get your license two ways. You can go to your local sporting goods store (call ahead to make sure they have 2013 licenses available), or you can go to the California Department of Fish and Game website and click on licensing. There you can print out a copy of your temporary license which is valid for 15 days until they mail you the permanent one. This year the fees are as follows: annual resident sport fishing license $45.93, non-resident annual $123.38, senior resident (over 65 years of age) $7.50, annual sport fishing license for disabled veterans $7.30, one-day license $14.61, two-day $22.94, second-rod stamp $14.04, which can be used on any inland water except for water where only artificial lures or barbless hooks may be used.

Also new this year, beginning Jan. 1, boaters will be required to purchase an Aquatic Invasive Species decal from the Nevada Department of Wildlife prior to operating your vessel on Nevada waters. This is for all motorized and nonmotorized boats. The cost for motorized vessels is $10 for residents and $20 for nonresidents. Nonmotorized vessels are $5 for residents and $10 for nonresidents. This is to educate people on the many types of invasive species that threaten our area, and remind boaters to alway clean, drain and dry your boat, livewell and any standing water in your bilge and motor. This does not give you a free pass to launch on any lake in the state of Nevada. There will still be inspection stations throughout various lakes as the department deems needed. Did you know that some neighboring states prohibited the launch of Nevada boats on certain bodies of waters because Nevada did not have an AIS decal program? Now that the program is in place, boaters from the silver state will be allowed to operate their vessels throughout the West. It is an educational program and will prevent damage to boat motors and other equipment. It will also help protect recreational fisheries and angling opportunity. When registering your boat, you will see the box to mark for the AIS decal. If you did not purchase one this year you can call 866-703-4605 to order one.

Now for our local fishing report.

TOPAZ LAKE: Opens Jan. 1 for the annual Topaz Lodge Derby. Where else can you celebrate New Year's Day and get paid for doing so? All Topaz Lodge tagged trout are worth $100 cash plus 10 derby tickets and $10 of free slot play. All untagged trout 2 pounds and more are worth $5 free slot play and 10 derby tickets. Also, the two largest trouts weighed in at the end of each week at the Topaz Lake General store will be awarded $50 cash for first and $25 cash for second. The derby will continue until April 14. This will be when, at 7 p.m. in the Topaz Lodge, they will give away $1000 in cash and great fishing gear. You need to be 21 or older to participate, and you must be present to win. Weatherman Mike Alger says the weather will be mostly clear with a high of about 39 degrees and a low of 18 degrees. But you can never tell with our local weather. This year, the Naw will not be out on opening day due to the fact that someone has to work. But I will be out the following week in between ice fishing trips. For more information or to make reservations call the Topaz Lodge and Casino at 775-266-3338 or toll free at Hello fellow anglers, New Year's Day is right around the corner. Are you ready for the big day?

A few things you need to know before you get ready for the Topaz Lake Opener on Jan. 1. For Nevada residents, your fishing license is valid until Feb. 28. As for California residents, you will need to renew your license before or on Jan. 1 if you plan to fish Topaz Lake. You can get your license two ways. You can go to your local sporting goods store (call ahead to make sure they have 2013 licenses available), or you can go to the California Department of Fish and Game website and click on licensing. There you can print out a copy of your temporary license which is valid for 15 days until they mail you the permanent one. This year the fees are as follows: annual resident sport fishing license $45.93, non-resident annual $123.38, senior resident (over 65 years of age) $7.50, annual sport fishing license for disabled veterans $7.30, one-day license $14.61, two-day $22.94, second-rod stamp $14.04, which can be used on any inland water except for water where only artificial lures or barbless hooks may be used.

Also new this year, beginning Jan. 1, boaters will be required to purchase an Aquatic Invasive Species decal from the Nevada Department of Wildlife prior to operating your vessel on Nevada waters. This is for all motorized and nonmotorized boats. The cost for motorized vessels is $10 for residents and $20 for nonresidents. Nonmotorized vessels are $5 for residents and $10 for nonresidents. This is to educate people on the many types of invasive species that threaten our area, and remind boaters to alway clean, drain and dry your boat, livewell and any standing water in your bilge and motor. This does not give you a free pass to launch on any lake in the state of Nevada. There will still be inspection stations throughout various lakes as the department deems needed. Did you know that some neighboring states prohibited the launch of Nevada boats on certain bodies of waters because Nevada did not have an AIS decal program? Now that the program is in place, boaters from the silver state will be allowed to operate their vessels throughout the West. It is an educational program and will prevent damage to boat motors and other equipment. It will also help protect recreational fisheries and angling opportunity. When registering your boat, you will see the box to mark for the AIS decal. If you did not purchase one this year you can call 866-703-4605 to order one.

Now for our local fishing report.

TOPAZ LAKE: Opens Jan. 1 for the annual Topaz Lodge Derby. Where else can you celebrate New Year's Day and get paid for doing so? All Topaz Lodge tagged trout are worth $100 cash plus 10 derby tickets and $10 of free slot play. All untagged trout 2 pounds and more are worth $5 free slot play and 10 derby tickets. Also, the two largest trouts weighed in at the end of each week at the Topaz Lake General store will be awarded $50 cash for first and $25 cash for second. The derby will continue until April 14. This will be when, at 7 p.m. in the Topaz Lodge, they will give away $1000 in cash and great fishing gear. You need to be 21 or older to participate, and you must be present to win. Weatherman Mike Alger says the weather will be mostly clear with a high of about 39 degrees and a low of 18 degrees. But you can never tell with our local weather. This year, the Naw will not be out on opening day due to the fact that someone has to work. But I will be out the following week in between ice fishing trips. For more information or to make reservations call the Topaz Lodge and Casino at 775-266-3338 or toll free at 800-962-0732.

INDIAN CREEK RES, RED LAKE, CAPLES LAKES: All are frozen as of last week. The higher lakes received over five feet of snow and are not stable enough to fish on yet. As for Indian Creek Reservoir, the dirt road has snow on it making it unsafe to drive on, and I do not recommend Airport Road from Highway 89 as there are parts with deep snow drifts that will not see the sun for a long time. I have rescued a couple people in the past on that stretch of road, and not with the help of my own vehicle but a costly tow truck.

Keep safe over the New Year's holiday. Keep the drinking at home and not on the road. Don't be a statistic. If you do indulge, have a designated driver. Now, if you get a picture of your catch you can send it to bregan@tahoedailytribune.com. Or you can drop off your photo at the Tribune, attention to sports/fish picture. Include names of anglers in the photo what you caught and where you were fishing. If you have any questions in our local fishing world, call the Naw Line at 775-267-9722.

Good fishin' and tight lines.

INDIAN CREEK RES, RED LAKE, CAPLES LAKES: All are frozen as of last week. The higher lakes received over five feet of snow and are not stable enough to fish on yet. As for Indian Creek Reservoir, the dirt road has snow on it making it unsafe to drive on, and I do not recommend Airport Road from Highway 89 as there are parts with deep snow drifts that will not see the sun for a long time. I have rescued a couple people in the past on that stretch of road, and not with the help of my own vehicle but a costly tow truck.

Keep safe over the New Year's holiday. Keep the drinking at home and not on the road. Don't be a statistic. If you do indulge, have a designated driver. Now, if you get a picture of your catch you can send it to bregan@tahoedailytribune.com. Or you can drop off your photo at the Tribune, attention to sports/fish picture. Include names of anglers in the photo what you caught and where you were fishing. If you have any questions in our local fishing world, call the Naw Line at 775-267-9722.

Good fishin' and tight lines.


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