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Fishing season begins

Mac-The-Naw (A.K.A. Doug Busey)

The beginning of this is dedicated to my friend, Tim. I changed my opening sentence just for him.

Hello, fellow anglers! Well, it’s that time again – the opening day of the Sierra streams in California. One special note to remember: In the Tahoe Basin, on the South Shore, the Upper Truckee River and Trout Creek are still closed to all fishing until July 1. All tributaries that flow into the lake do not open for angling until July 1.

But on the other hand, the East and West Fork Carson River and Pleasant Valley Creek will open this Saturday to all anglers. This year there is an obstruction because of the construction on State Route 89, south of Markleeville. No anglers will be allowed to venture to the East Fork of the Carson River unless you have a cabin or a reservation at the East Fork Resort. Do not attempt to pass by any signs as you will be cited by the Alpine County Sheriff’s Department. This is for your safety. There are many large trucks going up and down the road.

As for the West Fork, the Department of Fish and Game is planning to plant the river with good-sized catchable rainbow trout. Also, Markleeville Creek is scheduled for planting this year. You will have to change your game plan. The rivers have changed. Some of your favorite fishing holes have moved downstream. It will prove to be a whole new learning experience for us all. The river is running high, but as of last weekend was still fishable. But with our recent weather, only Saturday morning will tell.

And if you see some clown with a camera and fishing gear, don’t worry, it’s only the Naw, filming the Outdoor Recreation television show and taking pictures.

So I guess I’ll see you all out on the river this Saturday.

And remember, if you get a picture of your catch, send it to Mac-the-Naw; P.O. Box 2795; Stateline, Nev., 89449. I’m gonna try to put together a collage of pictures for the next issue entitled, “Alpine County Opening Day, 1997.” And for those people who may need a little guidance, you can pick up a copy of the new Alpine Fishing Guide at your local tackle store, or at the Woodfords Station. Good fishin’!


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