Kids’ Fishing Derby Saturday at Sawmill Pond |

Kids’ Fishing Derby Saturday at Sawmill Pond

Column by Doug Busey

Hello, lil’ fellow anglers. That’s right, lil’ anglers. The Raley’s annual Kids’ Fishing Derby is here this Saturday. So get some shuteye to enjoy the festivities at Sawmill Pond.

First things first. Sawmill Pond will be closed to all fishing on Friday, June 11 to ensure there will be plenty for Saturday.

Starting about 8 a.m., Raley’s will set up its booth in the meadow on Sawmill Road. Be sure you bring your kids through there. Each youth will be given a gift bag with lots of goodies.

Raley’s, being sole sponsors, have donated all that will be needed, including hooks; weights; bait, such as Berkley power bait, salmon eggs; and when you get hungry or thirsty, Raley’s has also provided hot dogs and soft drinks for all.

Also on hand will be the High Mountain Anglers to lend anyone a rod and reel if you need one, and will also clean your fish for you. And those not cleaning fish will be on hand down on the pond, helping with all your needs from netting fish to fixing broken lines. The Optimist Club will also be on hand cooking hot dogs and serving cold soft drinks. All these volunteers will be there to guarantee your day is grand.

Now for the only rules! Entry fee: There is none. Just a thank you. Kids 14 years of age and younger may fish on Sawmill Pond. Adults are encouraged to help the youth, but cannot do the actual fishing. We are asking that lures not be used because of the number of people and lines that will be in the water. The last rule is strictly enforced. Smile, be courteous and enjoy ourself. If you have any questions, you can call me at (775) 267-9722. Leave a message, and I’ll call you back by 5 p.m., or I will be at Sawmill Pond on Friday night around 6:30.

Now for the adult fishing report:

South Lake Tahoe: West side from Camp Richardson to past Emerald Bay using a Krippled herring jig in a blue/silver or white pattern, 90 to 160 feet of water is where the Mackinaw have been holding. Rainbow and Brown action has been slow. For more information, or if you’re looking for a charter, call The Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH. (Special note: Please do not dial 541 or you’ll get a naked fish).

Caples Lake: Scheduled for a plant of catchable rainbow trout. The lake is thawed from the spillway to past the resort. The boat ramp may or may not be open by Saturday. Call for more information at (209) 258-8888.

Red Lake: Completely thawed and good-sized rainbow and brook trout are biting good from shore using night crawlers or salmon eggs. Boaters have been trolling flashers and a night crawler and doing well. For more information, call the boys at the Outdoor and Fly Fishing Outfitters at (530) 541-8202.

West Fork Carson River: Still doing well in secluded slow pools, using a split shot and salmon eggs.

East Fork Carson: Waters are muddy and high, but I hear the rafters are plenty. Not recommended.

Indian Creek Reservoir: Shore fishing near the dam has slowed down. Night crawlers have been producing one or two fish per 10 rods. Fly-anglers have told me they have been doing great around the corner from the improved launch ramp in the campground in only 4 feet of water, but would not tell me what they were using.

Topaz: Only report is windy, windy, windy. Early birds have done fair using blades and night crawlers. For more information, call Chuck at Topaz Landing Marina, at (775) 266-3550.

Well, I hope this puts you on fish. Before I go, two things I forgot to mention. First, don’t forget you can get a free Polaroid of your catch at the Kids’ Fish Derby, and second a great big thank you to Raley’s for their continued support and sponsors Berkeley Power Bait Western Hogee and Polaroid. Hope to see you all there.

Good fishin.’

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