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Heenan Lake to open

Hello, fellow anglers.I have some great news for all. First, for the little anglers, Sawmill Pond was stocked last week. Remember, only anglers 14 years of age and younger are allowed by California Department of Fish & Game regulations to fish the pond.

Possibly in the near future the pond may be stocked again, but that is in the works for now.

Now for the bigger anglers, Heenan Lake near the summit of Monitor Pass opens today. Directions to the lake are as follows: take Highway 89 out of Meyers to Picketts Junction, turn left on 88 to Woodfords, then proceed right on 89 to Markleeville. When you get 4 miles past Markleeville, Monitor Pass is on your left. Venture up this 10 percent grade for 3 miles until you get to Heenan Lake on your right.

This is the brood stock Lahontan cutthroat trout hatchery. As such, there are some rules you need to follow: This lake is catch-and-release only; artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks only; and you can fish from the shore or you can carry down a boat or float tube. You are not permitted to use gasoline motors on this lake, but an electric-trolling motor is permissible.

The lake is only open Friday through Sunday for the next two months, a hour before sunrise until a half hour after sunset.

Special note: Catch-and-release means to safely return your catch in a live condition to the lake. This does not mean catching a fish, throwing it on shore so your buddy can take a picture, then just tossing it back in the water.

Tips: when you land a fish, always wet your hands before touching the fish. Never put your fingers in the gill plate area and keep the fish in the water as much as possible. If you want a picture, hold the fish in the water until your partner is ready to snap the shot. Raise the fish, take the picture and place the fish back into the water where you can release it unharmed.

My motto is: hold your breath, and when you can’t hold it any more, that is the amount of time you should keep your fish out of water. Remember to practice the proper catch-and release-techniques.

For more info, you can refer to the CDFG regulation book on how to release your catch properly.

One last note: For more information on openings, closures and projects updates in the Eldorado Irrigation District (Caples Lakes Silver Lake, Echo Lake, etc.), go to http://www.eid.org.

Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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