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Free fishing, Kids Fishing Day on Saturday

Doug Busey

Hello, fellow anglers. This is one of my favorite times of the year. First, this Saturday is the California and Nevada free fishing day. This means you can fish on any legally open body of water without a fishing license. You must abide by all rules and regulations and limits pertaining to the area you are fishing.

Second, I had the greatest experience last Sunday. I was part of the 17th annual Lampe Park Kids’ Fishing Day. This year I think they had about 1,800 kids fishing between the two days. I saw three 3-year-old kids catch fish between 2 1/2 to 4 pounds. What a great experience.

For next year, if you would like to be a part of this great day call me and I can put you in touch with the right people. And last but not least, this Saturday is the annual Sawmill Pond Free Kids’ Fishing Day. The derby will start at 8 a.m. and last until noon.

Everything is free. If you need a pole, weights, bait, or maybe a soft drink to go along with your hot dog, yes the Optimist Club of South Lake Tahoe will providing them, along with hot dogs for all who participate. Raley’s will also be on hand providing tackle packs and hats, and giving out loaner poles for those who do not have one.

The derby is open to anglers 14 years of age and younger. We ask that you enter on the meadow side, this way you can go by the Raley’s table that will be providing donated materials. When you receive your bag, there is a raffle ticket inside. Make sure you fill it out to win one of the many prizes that have been donated by Raley’s and the Optimist club.

The prizes range from tackle boxes to rod and reel combos. Also this year a special thank you to Pam Rodrigues from the Lampe Park Derby. Their derby donated various prizes for our derby. There will be volunteers on hand if you need any thing from baiting to untangling lines to netting your fish.

The only rules we ask of you this year are 1.) no using lures during the derby; 2.) if you bring a cooler or a chair please keep it away from the pond to allow more anglers to fish; and 3.) remember this is a kids fishing derby. The adult can help the child but cannot do the actual fishing. This is not a derby rule. This is the California regulation pertaining to Sawmill Pond.

There is a five fish limit but there is no limit on the amount of trash you can pick up. Remember the pond will be closed to fishing today to ensure there are enough fish for tomorrow. If you have any questions you can call the Naw-line at (775) 267-9722 or you can stop by the pond after 5 p.m. Friday night where I will be tying up loaner poles for the next day.

And please when you see an Optimist club member or you go into Raley’s, tell them thank you. Without their sponsorship and support it would be just another Saturday. Now for our fishing report. Not much going on but I do have a few items to mention.

LAKE TAHOE: Only report I have is Gene St. Denis took out some clients last week and caught a 12 and a 15-pound mackinaw. Gene also reported a 10-pound rainbow. Best areas have been the Tahoe Keys to Emerald Bay trolling in about 180 to 240 feet of water. For more info, call Blue Ribbon Charters at (530) 544-6223.

CAPLES LAKE: The lake is completely thawed and the ramp is open. The general store is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily with Saturdays 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you do not have a boat, they have rentals also. For more info, call the Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888.

RED LAKE: Some reports of brookies ranging 10 to 14 inches were caught on gold Kast master lures.

CARSON RIVERS: A couple of reports from anglers fishing in the Hope Valley area have been fair to slight. The waters are still high and stained.

KINNEY RESERVOIR: Highway 4 is open but the lake is still frozen.

BLUE LAKES: The road is still closed at the second gate.

INDIAN CREEK: My only report is I caught 4 suckers on a floating fly line using an olive crystal bugger. But that was last week. There is a kids derby going on this Saturday. The Alpine County fish commission should be planting some nice fish. For more information, contact Dave Kirby at the Woodfords Station at (530) 694-2930.

TAYLOR CREEK, TROUT CREEK, UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER: All of the tributaries leading into Lake Tahoe are closed to fishing until July 1.

TOPAZ LAKE: Water is hot, but the fishing is not. The only action I have heard is anglers still fishing with bait at the mouth of the river for small planters. For more info, call the Topaz Marina at (775) 266-3550.

PYRAMID LAKE: Action has been slow due to the weather. Even the fly anglers at the nets are rarely producing fish. Remember the lake closes on June 30.

FRENCHMAN’S LAKE: A report from Wiggins Trading post says float tubers are getting good results on olive woolly buggers or sheep crick flies. Bank anglers are doing well on night crawlers or powerbait. Trollers are using lead core two colors out with fire tiger colored lures, average fish is 1 1/2 to 2 pounds. For more info, call 530-993-4683.

I hope this puts you onto the fish. If you get a photo of your catch you can E-mail it or just drop it off at the Tribune, attention/sports fish pics. If you have any questions in our fishing world, call the Naw-line at (775) 267-9722. Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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