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Time for kids to start thinking about Raley’s free fishing day

Doug Busey, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Hello, fellow anglers.

Welcome to Memorial Day weekend. Before we get into our fishing report, I need to inform you all about the free Raley’s Kids’ Fishing Day at Sawmill Pond.

This year, the special day is Saturday, June 1. This is where the staff of Raley’s will be on hand to ensure everyone has a good time. All young anglers must visit the Raley’s booth on the meadow to get a surprise package of fishing goodies. The day starts at approximately 9 a.m.

Loaner poles will be availble to children who need them, and soda and hot dogs will keep the kids refreshed. All of this at no cost to anyone.

In addition, there will be volunteers at the pond, providing anything you will need, including hooks, weights, bait, fixing tangles, or just to net your fish. If all goes well, there possibly could be a fish-cleaning station.

And don’t forget to get these memories on film. Children receive a free photo with their catch.

These generous offerings are again provided by Raley’s with the support from the Optimist Club and yours truly.

There are only three rules we ask everyone to follow: No. 1, only anglers 14 yrs of age or younger may do the actual fishing on the pond; No. 2, Sawmill Pond will be closed to all fishing on Friday, May 31 to ensure a great day the following day; No. 3, come to the pond on Saturday and have a great day.

If you have any questions, call the Naw-Line at (775) 267-9722.

Now let’s get to the fishing report:

LAKE TAHOE: The Mackinaw are full of shrimp, but are still on the bite. Best areas are in front of Ski Run at 125-200 feet of water. Also, the Camp Richardson area has been doing well trolling silver Dodger flasher blades with a live minnow. Jigging also has been productive using a white or silver herring jig tipped with a live minnow. The rainbow and brown action has started to pick up from the golf course to Logan Shoals, using a black and silver rapala.

Special note: All streams leading into Lake Tahoe, including Trout Creek, Taylor Creek and North and South Upper Truckee rivers, are still closed to all fishing until July 1. For more information fishing Lake Tahoe or if you’re looking for a charter, call the guys at The Sportsman at (530) 542-FISH.

CAPLES LAKE: The lake is now ice-free and the ramp is open. Fishing is fair trolling flasher blades with a night crawler. Last Saturday, Steve Foley from Carson City caught an 11-pound,10-ounce Mackinaw, trolling a rapala 25-feet deep. As of Wednsday, the California Department of Fish and Game planted 2,000 pounds of rainbow trout. For more information, call the Caples Lake store at (209) 258-8888.

WEST FORK CARSON RIVER: Heavily planted by the CDFG and Alpine County Fish Commission with fish ranging from one-half to 10 pounds. Last Tuesday, Richard Klingler of Woodfords caught a nice 10-pound, 11-ounce rainbow, using rainbow salmon eggs. Also for those with a handicap, there is a handicap accessable area. As you come from Tahoe on Highway 89, it meets Highway 88; turn right and proceed about a mile. It’ll be on the right side.

EAST FORK CARSON RIVER: Also planted heavily. Remember there are special regulations on the east fork from Hangman’s Bridge downstream: artificial flies or lures only with single-barbless hooks and there is a zero limit. Upstream you may use bait or lures and flies, and there is a five-fish limit. For more information, call Brad Davis at Carson River Resort at (530) 694-2229.

TOPAZ LAKE: Fishing has been fair. Most anglers are trying the southwest end of the lake, using night crawlers or Captain America power bait. Josh VanSickle, 9, from Carson City caught his first fish, a 1-pound, 5 ouncer. For more information, call Chuck Fields at the Topaz Marina at (775) 266-3550.

I hope your weekend will be a great one. Please slow down and use caution ’cause there will be many people on the road. You will get to where you’re going, but at least you’ll get there. If you have a photo of you catch, drop it off at The Tahoe Daily Tribune, and if have any questions or comments, you can call the Mac-The-Naw hotline at (775) 267-9722.

Good fishin’ and tight lines.

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