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Gone Fishin’

Mandy Feder | mfeder@tahoedailytribune.com
Mikey Dvorak as an elementary school student with his prize catch of the day at Indian Creek Reservoir.
Photo contributed by Pepi and Lida Dvorak |

Before he could stand, Mikey Dvorak had a fishing pole in his hand.

The Tahoe-native and 1996 graduate of South Tahoe High School played soccer, tennis and he loved hockey — he was even a newspaper delivery boy for the Tahoe Daily Tribune for four years — but most of all he loved fishing.

Dvorak was featured last month on the cover of Field & Stream magazine. The article cements what his parents Pepi and Lida Dvorak have known since he was a baby — their son eats, sleeps and dreams fishing. Additionally, last year Mikey was on a fishing program on the Pivot Network, “Dark Rye with Kirk Lombard.”

Pepi and Lida have lived in South Lake Tahoe since 1968. They raised their two children here.

“They are like night-and-day,” Pepi said. “Our daughter is a columnist for the Washington Post and our son is a fisherman,” Lida added.

“Mikey has a great respect for nature,” Lida said, “We had our friends here with their grandson from Los Angeles and Mikey was about 14. He took the 5-year-old grandson fishing with him. The little boy caught a great golden trout and he wanted to keep it,” Lida said. “Mikey very gently explained to the little boy that he had to release the fish. He told him, ‘look, he might be a father and he might have 10 children swimming in the bottom. They need him.’”

These days, Mikey lives and works near Half Moon Bay. He’s a commercial fisherman and a guide.

Fishing is his life, love, and livelihood.

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