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Hey Kids, it’s that time of year again

by Mac the Naw

Hello, fellow anglers. This is a very special weekend. Yes, as of Saturday, June 2, the free Raley’s Take a Kid Fishing Day will play out from 8 a.m. until noon.

This event is open to all anglers 14 years of age and younger. This event is to promote fishing to all young people as an alternative to drugs and gangs and to introduce our young people to something that may change his or her life. I know it changed mine. When I was young and so bored, I knew I could always go fishing, to experiment with different baits or lures, to try to entice a fish into biting my presentations.

I myself started on Sawmill Pond. My parents would drop off my friend Mike Kunz and to fish the day away, while they went into town. That was in the early ’70s. Mainly we would catch catfish. And to that day forward it has been a privilege to help sponsor this pond.

Remember, moms and dads, this is a kids’ fishing day. Only the youngsters are allowed to do the actual fishing. But as parents you are encouraged to help the young people. This does not mean that you can cast until you hook a fish, then hand it over to a young angler.

This year, the California Department of Fish and Game has been called to be on hand to ensure that only the young anglers will do the fishing. Please do not get me wrong, last year, we only had two incidents and no one was cited.

I personally will be at the pond on Friday night (come see me) to tie up poles for a great Saturday. For anyone who would like to volunteer, call me at (775) 267-9722 or call or stop by at Raley’s. Their number is (530) 541-5140. Ask for Pat McCuthceon. We are looking for people to help in serving sodas, loaner pole stations, cooking hot dogs or helping down on the pond netting, baiting, untangling lines or to set up lines.

This is a free kids’ fishing day for all, sponsored by Raley’s, the Optimist Club and the U.S. Forest Service. So come down and have some fun. The only rules are: no lures, have fun. The pond is closed on Friday to all fishing. Have fun and only our young people can actually fish. So to all of these fine organizations, please thank them whenever possible.

Now, let’s go on to our fishing in other waters around the area.

South Lake Tahoe: Mackinaw action has been good this week. Average size is 3-5 pounds. Rainbow and brown trout action has slowed down, but the kokanee has come on. Fishing the Emerald Bay area in 100-150 feet of water, the kokanee are suspended in 30 to 40 feet, using Al Wilson blades followed by an Imperial Majic spoon. For details, call The Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH, the home of all your fishing needs.

Caples Lake: Fishing is fair. Boaters put away your blade and go to the spillway and drift night crawlers. Shore anglers have had good success using inflated night crawlers or sherbet power bait. If you have forgotten anything, no worries, the general store is open for all your needs. If you have any questions, call the Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888..

Red Lake: Rainbow action has been good for shore anglers using green or rainbow power bait. Best area has been closer to the stream leading out of the lake by the dam.

Blue Lakes: The road is still closed. Middle of June is the projected opening date.

East-West Fork Carson River: Last week, heavily stocked and anglers using salmon eggs have had good success.

Taylor Creek, Trout Creek, Upper Truckee River: Closed until July 1.

Indian Creek Reservoir: Fishing has been fair for shore anglers using sherbet, rainbow or yellow power bait, casting close to the shore.

Topaz Lake: In speaking with the marina, not so many jet skis (yet). Early fishing has been most productive. Inflated crawlers have been the best attractant. Fishing close to shore is where the bigger fish are hanging out, rainbow, 1 to 2 pounds. For details, call the Topaz Marina at (775) 266-3550.

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