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It’s time to start thinking about giving back to young anglers

Hello, fellow anglers.

Yes, the Naw is on vacation. But I wanted to take some time to let you know what is happening and what’s not in our fishing world. First, for our young anglers, next weekend is all about the kids. The free Lampe Park kids’ fishing derby is June 3 and 4. For this derby you must be preregistered. Don’t let that scare you, it’s real easy. You can do it four different ways: Phone Pam Rodrigues at (775) 265-1795 or e-mail her at Or you can call Trent Dowell at (775) 267-2724 or e-mail him at This will give you access to the information to get your youngster signed up.

Registration is open to children 3 to 12 years of age.

For people who would like to take part in this event as a volunteer, your help would be very much appreciated. They need people on the river to help with netting fish to baiting hooks to untangling lines, as well as cleaning fish. And I’m sure they need help in many other areas.

Please call one of the numbers above and give a little of your time to help put a smile on the kids faces as well as yours. Note: Volunteers must be 13 years of age and older, so in my book that means Don Quilici qualifies at least four times, maybe five.

Young anglers have more to look forward to the following week with the Kids’ Fishing Dayin South Lake Tahoe. This event is June 10 from 8 a.m. to noon at Sawmill Pond, which is located at the corner of Sawmill Road and Lake Tahoe Boulevard.

At this derby, preregistration isn’t necessary. As in the last 15 years, the Optimist Club of South Lake Tahoe and Raley’s will be on hand to ensure we’ll all have fun. Again this is a free derby for kids 14 and younger. Basically, anything that you need will be provided, with the exception of catching the fish. There will be volunteers on hand to help out.

Raley’s will provide tackle packs and loaner poles to those who need them. The Optimist Club will grill the hot dogs and serve soda and water to all. And like past years these two fine groups always seem to come up with some downright-nice raffle prizes.

Remember, this is free to all kids who participate.

If anyone would like to donate their time to volunteer, please call the Naw line. We are looking for people to help on the pond netting, baiting and, of course, untangling lines, or to help with our loaner poles. If you are such a person, please call the Naw line at (775) 267-9722. Leave your name and number and I will call you back.

This not only is a fun day but an alternative to inspire our youth to find a better path in life, away from drugs and gangs so they use their spare time in a good way. Hopefully, it will mean they will someday volunteer at this same event.

Now let’s see what’s going on in our fishing world. Part of my vacation took me completely over Carson Pass and back. These experiences will be reflected in various reports.

LAKE TAHOE: The mackinaw bite has been on for anglers going deep trolling flashers and a minnow. Best areas have been the nub located off Eldorado Beach, the Ski Run shelf and Camp Richardson to the Keys. Last week, Gene St. Denis took out four anglers and all came home with limits with fish ranging 3 to 6 pounds. For more info, call Blue Ribbon Charters at (530) 544-6552. For anglers who don’t have a boat, Cave Rock has been producing some average rainbows.

LAKE TAHOE TOPLINING: Mike Nielson caught a 14-pound brown trout trolling a rapala. A report of a little angler – Joseph Willey – who stopped by the Sportsman to weigh in his “little” fish. The mackinaw came in at 21.7 pounds! For more info, call the Sportsman at (530) 542-fish.

SILVER LAKE: I passed by last Sunday, and the lake is breaking up. There is open water by Kay’s place. John Voss gives it another two weeks before it’s open.

CAPLES LAKE: Next lake to pass. There is open water on the spillway and across the whole dam – approximately 20 feet out but now a little more. The rest of the lake is still iced over, but it is breaking up in the middle. Mr. Voss said in a week to 10 days it will be open. A word to the wise, make sure you have plenty of gas. As of last Sunday at the Kirkwood gas station, the price for regular unleaded was $4.69 a gallon. After you get over the hill the prices were “seminormal.”

WOODS LAKE: Was not open as of last Sunday due to snow.

RED LAKE: No open water yet but is breaking up toward the back side of the lake. I would figure a week or so.

BURNSIDE LAKE: The road is closed.

BLUE LAKES: The road is open only to the first gate, where the dirt road used to start. Estimates are mid-June before the road will open. The county has to inspect for any damage to the area before it can be opened and be deemed safe for all.

INDIAN CREEK: Beware of the sucker fish over by the dam area. Last week, Steve Lightfoot, Fready Williams and myself fished for three hours to only get suckers. The lake was the highest I have seen it in more than 10 years. There are a lot of big fish in there and only now do they have more room to cruise. For fly-anglers, you almost can’t miss on a damsel fly or a woolly bugger. For more information, call the guys at Tahoe Flyfishing outfitters at (530) 541-8208.

CARSON RIVER: Both the east and the west forks are raging and will be for some time. There is still a ton of snow up there. Going over Carson Pass there was a wall of snow 10 to 15 feet high next to the road. But that doesn’t mean it’s not fishable; look for the eddies where fish will be holding.

SPECIAL NOTE: All rivers in the South Tahoe Basin leading into Lake Tahoe are closed to fishing until July 1, including Trout Creek, Upper Truckee and Taylor Creek.

TOPAZ LAKE: As of last week the lake had lowered a little. The county campground will be open and a good thing is that it is not underwater yet. An angler was fishing off the rocks by the park and caught a 4 3/4-pound brown on an inflated night crawler. Chuck Fields told me that the shore anglers have been having the best luck, using inflated crawlers or chartreuse power bait. The boaters have been going a little deeper (10 to 15 feet) to get into fish. Beware of jetskiers this weekend. For more info, call the Topaz Marina at (775) 266-3550.

LAHONTAN RESERVOIR: This is a different kind of report. This is to let everyone know that Don Quilici, outdoor sportswriter for the Nevada Appeal, has caught a fish that is noteworthy. And the catch has put Don in first place in the Ormsby Sportsman’s Association walleye division. Last week, Don was with Don and Tracee Hettrick trolling rapalas in the narrows. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, Don Q. caught a walleye that rated a 6, not pounds but inches. I wonder if he tried to weigh it?

EAGLE LAKE: Opens on May 27.

Have a safe Memorial weekend. If you get a picture of your catch, you can drop it off at the Tahoe Daily Tribune or you can E-mail it to

The Naw is now headed back out the door for three days of camping and fishing before returning home and then going out for two more days. This week, I will not be at the Naw line. But for those who would like to volunteer for the Sawmill Pond Kids’ Day, please call (775) 267-9722 and leave your name. I will call you when I return.

Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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