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Annual Kids’ Fishing Day on Saturday at Sawmill Pond

Hello, fellow anglers, or should I saw lil’ anglers.

This Saturday will be the free Kids’ Fishing Day at Sawmill Pond, which is located 2 miles south of the “Y” on Lake Tahoe Boulevard. The derby is from 8 a.m. to noonish and is free to all children 14 years of age and younger. This is the state rule, not ours.

Remember, this is a kids’ derby, which means children have to do the actual fishing. Adults are welcome to help but can not perform the actual fishing.



To ensure the finest fishing conditions are available to the children, respect that the pond will be closed Friday to all fishing.

Just a couple of rules for the derby this year. During the derby we ask that no lures be used and that all lawn chairs and coolers be located on the meadow side at least 15 feet back from the pond to give ample room for the kids to fish.




The Optimist Club will be on hand serving hot dogs and refreshments. Raley’s will be present to help coordinate the event. The boys from the Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters will be there to lend a helping hand. Tanner Copiers will be volunteering at the fish cleaning station, and yours truly will be there with loaner rods and reels for those who do not have one.

All of this is brought to you by our community at no charge to anyone. I would like to thank Wal-Mart of Carson City for its donation of prizes and a big thank you to the group from the Lampe Park kids’ derby who donated poles and extra tackle.

I would also like to apologize to the Lampe Park group for any embarrassment I caused them last week when they donated the poles.

The Optimist Club has dedicated the event to the memory of Dale Sare, who helped make this an annual fishing day. Sare also worked with Vic Nagy in making Sawmill Pond the first kids-only fishing spot in the U.S.

I hope to see you all on Saturday morning at Sawmill Pond in South Lake Tahoe. If you have any questions, call the Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters at (530) 541-8208. The Mac-the-Naw line will be down for a while.

Good fishin’ and tight lines.


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