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Family Fishing Tournaments come to Alpine County

Hello, fellow anglers. Some good news for the summer fishing in Alpine County.

In speaking with Bob Anderson from the Alpine Chamber of Commerce, I was impressed on what they had to offer the angler this year.

Indian Creek Reservoir will be the site of Alpine County’s first 1999 Family Fishing Tournament this Memorial Day weekend, May 29-31. Open and free of charge to anglers of all ages, the tournament is the first of three planned this season and features a variety of great prizes, including the chance to win a Trophy Fly-Fishing Vacation at Hendrix’s Smith Creek Ranch in Central Nevada, worth $700.



Everyone who lands a fish at Indian Creek during the weekend is encouraged to register their catch with local merchants as prizes will be awarded for both the largest fish caught and on a random drawing basis for all entries. The angler who catches the largest fish during the weekend will win a Whitewater Rafting Trip on the East Fork Carson River for two people, courtesy of Ahwahnee Whitewater, a $220 value.

Prizes include one night’s lodging at Sorensen’s Resort ($150 value); a 6-yard drop box for trash cleanup, courtesy of Douglas Disposal ($102 value); one all-day lift ticket to Kirkwood Ski Resort ($45 value); show and dinner tickets for two to the upcoming Gary McMahan concert provided by the Alpine County Arts Commission ($30 value); and breakfast for two at the Alpine Restaurant in Markleeville ($20 value).




To add to the fishing experience, the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce will be planting 1,000 pounds of catchable and trophy fish prior to the weekend tournament, including 50 tagged fish. Any tagged fish caught can be redeemed for a special Alpine County T-shirt.

There is no cost to enter the tournament, but anglers must register their catch at one of several retail locations in the Woodfords-Markleeville area. Participating merchants include Woodfords Station, Grover’s Corner, the Markleeville General Store and the Carson River (formerly East Fork) Resort.

In addition to the upcoming Indian Creek Reservoir Tournament, Family Fishing Tournaments will be at Lake Alpine on Highway 4, Aug. 20 through 22; and at Caples Lake on State Route 88, Sept. 17 through 19. These tournaments will feature comparable prizes.

All entries for the three-tournament series will be eligible to win the season’s grand prize, a Trophy Fly-Fishing Vacation for four people at the highly-acclaimed Hendrix’s Smith Creek Ranch, including Bed & Breakfast-style accommodations, meals and a full day of trophy fishing.

For details on Alpine County’s 1999 Family Fishing Tournaments, call the chamber of commerce at (530) 694-2475.

This ought to keep you busy throughout the year.

Now, let’s see what’s going on on our local waters.

South Lake Tahoe: Top lining has been slow. But trolling a dodger with a live minnow has been most productive for Mackinaw from Ski Run to and past Edgewood Golf Course – with average fish 3 to 5 pounds. If you’re into jigging, the west side of the lake has also been productive using a Krippled herring, tainted with a live minnow. For more information, or if you’re looking for a guide, call The Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH. Also, remember that all streams leading into Lake Tahoe in the Tahoe Basin, including Taylor Creek, Upper Truckee and Trout Creek, will remain closed until July 1.

Fallen Leaf Lake: Has picked up very well for anglers drifting live minnows.

Caples Lake: Still iced over and very unsafe. In speaking with John Voss of Caples Resort, he gives the lake at least two more weeks. For details, call the store at (209) 258-8888.

Carson River West Fork: Slow, but fishable high up in the meadow from State Route 88 to Blue Lakes Road. Salmon eggs or Kastmasters are most productive.

Carson River East Fork: Water is high and hard to fish. No reports of anyone going up there.

Red Lake: Still iced over and also not recommended for at least two weeks.

Indian Creek Reservoir: Fair. Best time for rainbow is early a.m. Afternoon anglers have been getting into sucker fish, probably spawning in the shallows.

Topaz Lake: Well, with the warm weather the fishing has picked up. Anglers trolling blades (i.e. med cowbells or med ford fenders) have done well on the far south side. Many limits have been coming in, in the 14- to 16-inch range and averaging in the 1-pound range.

Also, you may remember that the marina is raising large eagle lake trout and cutbows for release this year. Well, the first release was this last week. Four-hundred pounds of cutbow trout were released into the lake ranging 2.2 to 3.2 pounds. Next release is scheduled in July, then at the end of the year, around November. For more information, call Chuck Fields at Topaz Landing, at (775) 266-3550.

A special note before I go: The Mac-the-Naw Community Fishing Day scheduled for July 12 has been changed to July 17.

Well, I hope this puts you on fish. If you have a photo, drop it off at the Tahoe Daily Tribune. If you need any more information, or if you have a comment, call the Naw line at (775) 267-9722.

Good fishin’!


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