Fishing derby at Sawmill Pond Saturday |

Fishing derby at Sawmill Pond Saturday

Tribune staff report

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The Optimists will also be holding their annual Kids Fishing Derby June 9 from 8 a.m. to noon, and this year there will be big Cutthroat Trout stocked by the California Fish and Game. These fish will be coming out of Heenan Lake and will be a chance for kids to catch one of the few native species of trout from the Lake Tahoe area according to a release about the event.

“Sawmill Pond is truly for the kids; the adults are only there to help teach,” said organizer Victor Babbitt. “It’s the perfect place to have a picnic while the kid’s fish and the smiles abound.”

How to get there

Sawmill Pond is located 2.5 miles west of the “Y” intersection on the Corner of Sawmill Road and Lake Tahoe Boulevard. There is plenty of parking in the lot off of Sawmill Road with a few spots along the road as well.

Fishing tips

Some of the best ways to catch fish at the pond are to use power bait or worms, according to Babbitt. Lures and flies work well, but should not be used when it is crowded. The Forest Service is working on an interpretive sign project which will help explain information on the local area as well as the native fish, flora and fauna.

“This project will greatly add to the experience of Sawmill pond,” Babbitt said.

For more information on Sawmill Pond, please call Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters at 530-541-8208. Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters will be offering a limited amount of kids fly fishing camps at Sawmill Pond this summer. The kids’ camps will be one-day camps and offered to kids 8 to 14 years old. Call for more information.

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