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A few more days until the Topaz opener

Doug Busey

Hello, fellow anglers. Just a few more days until the Topaz Lake opener. This year, though, things will be a little different.

The lake did not get the water it needed to open the boat ramps. In talking to Chuck and Linda Fields last week, there is not enough water on there ramp to open safely for the Jan. 1 opener.

The weather is expected to be fair but freaking cold, but who does that stop? Not the true angler. We have ways to keep warm.

For more info, call the Topaz Marina at (775) 266-3550. Now on to more inviting news.

The Topaz Lodge has planted more $1,000 and $500 tagged fish this year than ever before. In talking with Rick Ross and Diane McEwen from the lodge, they are positively excited.

This year’s derby will change for the better. The derby will run the same days, Sunday morning to following Sunday afternoon, and you must be 21 years of age to enter. (This is organized by the casino.)

All fish weighed must be 2 pounds to qualify. Each week there will be two winners for the biggest weight. Fifty dollars for first and $25 for second.

But, if you’re a lucky angler to catch a tagged fish, you will be awarded a cash prize on the spot for your catch. One-thousand dollars? Is that an incentive to brave the cold or what?

And, let’s add some more. At the end of the derby, there will be a grand prize of a new Pelican fishing boat and motor. See you there. I will be the one sitting in his truck keeping warm, reeling in fish and taking pictures. Look for the sign of the FISNFOL. Now for those who want to ice fish, let’s bring it on.

Red Lake has 10 to 12 inches of ice. Last Saturday, Steve Lightfoot, Jonathon Guy and I ventured up to find the road had not been plowed. What a mess, but we didn’t let that get in the way.

We fished for three hours and brought home 10 fish, mostly brook trout and a nice two-pound cutthroat. If Cal Trans is reading this, please plow the road. It would be very much appreciated. You do a great job on the roads, which is more important, so thank you.

In talking to John Voss, Caples Lake has 12 or more inches of ice on it, depending on where you are. People are ice fishing and having a great time. No reports of the big mackinaw yet. If you need the latest on the conditions, you can call the Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888.

And, remember, you can make a weekend out of it now. The resort is open and taking reservations for cabins and lodging.

Please have a safe New Year and drive with caution. You will get to your destination, even if it is 10 or 20 minutes later. Black ice is a matter of fact.

See you all at Topaz Lake. I’ll also be the one with the barbecue cookin’ my fish. Don’t forget those pictures for the Naw Hall of Fame.

Drop them off at the Tahoe Daily Tribune or e-mail them to sports editor Steve Yingling at syingling@tahoedailytribune.com. Any questions in our fishing world call the Naw line at (775) 267-9722. Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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