Mac the Naw: Kids Fishing Derby returns to Lampe Park for 27th year |

Mac the Naw: Kids Fishing Derby returns to Lampe Park for 27th year

Hello fellow anglers; the big kids have had their opening fishing day; now it is time for the little ones to shine. On Friday and Saturday, June 3-4, the 27th annual Lampe Park Free Kids’ Fishing Derby will kick off the 2016 season.

This event is open to kids ages 3-12. Preregistration is required, which can be done in Gardnerville at Douglas County Recreation Department or Accolades Trophies & Engraving during regular business hours, or at Walgreens in Gardnerville on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is not just for young anglers; it is for the entire family to spend a day together.

The kids derby is put together by volunteers and from your donations. I have been proud to be a part of this event for many of these 27 years. Volunteers are always needed in various positions — fish cleaning, river help, bait and tackle, table cleanup and setup for the event. To volunteer or get more information on registration, contact Heather Gertcsh at 775-684-9018 or by email at For those who would like to become a sponsor or make a donation, contact Steve Hamilton at 775-392-3579.

There will be a special-needs session June 4 at 2:30 p.m. This is open to all age groups with disabilities. There will be volunteers on a one-on-one basis for the anglers.

Now for the local report:

LAKE TAHOE: Mackinaw action is excellent. Best areas have been Sugar Pine and Dollar points or by the Cal/Neva area. Anglers have been fishing flashers and a minnow in 120 to 250 feet of water, and average fish has been 1 to 6 pounds. Last week, Gene St. Denis reported a few from 6 to 21 pounds. Cave Rock boat launch is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Lake Forest Boat Ramp is open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sand Harbor launch is closed. Toplining should pick up with warmer temperatures. For more information, call Blue Ribbon Fishing Charters at 530-544-6552.

SILVER LAKE: Still has ice on it and the boat launch is not open yet for the season. There are many open waters around the shore area for anglers.

CAPLES LAKE: Thawing quickly and the boat launch areas are not open. There is open water by Woods Creek, which brings good fishing this time of year. The dam and spillway areas also have some open water. With warmer temperatures, the ice should come off faster than expected. For more information, call Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.

BLUE LAKES: Road is open to the third gate, approximately 4.5 miles into the Faith Valley area.

INDIAN CREEK: Campground was scheduled to open last weekend, but I have not received confirmation from BLM as of last Tuesday. Fishing has been fair for shore anglers using Powerbait or nightcrawlers. I threw various lures on my last trip and was unsuccessful, while the Powerbait caught me a few fish. For more information, call Creekside Lodge at 530-694-2511.

CARSON RIVER EAST AND WEST FORK (CALIFORNIA): Opening day was tough. Renee and I ventured up on Saturday; we started high on the east fork and worked our way down, and caught two nice rainbows from 1 to 3 pounds. On Sunday, I ventured back up and caught seven small rainbows with a Panther Martin spinner; I met a couple anglers using mice tails who also caught a few small rainbows.

As of last Tuesday, the river had rose up and turned to chocolate milk. Last year at this time, the east fork was running at 93 cubic feet per second, while last Tuesday it was running at 1,400 cubic feet per second. There are plenty of fish in both rivers, but they are all stuck on the bottom for now. For more information, call Carson River Resort at 530-694-2229.

SILVER CREEK: Waters are running high and muddy, but should calm down in a few days.

MARKLEEVILLE CREEK: Water is running high, but it is clearer than the other rivers. Mice tails or nightcrawlers have been doing fair for small rainbows.



NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE FISH PLANTS: Baily Pond, Martin Slough, Mitch Park Pond, Hatchery Outponds, Spooner Lake.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you get a picture of your catch, send it to If you have a report or a question in our local fishing area, call the Naw Line at 775-267-9722. Hope to see you on the waters. Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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