Topaz opens Jan. 1, but the conditions could be chilling |

Topaz opens Jan. 1, but the conditions could be chilling

Hello fellow anglers!

I hope your Christmas was a blessed one. Now for all you crazy anglers who have that old tradition like me — to go to the Topaz Lake opener — there is more happening this year, as usual.

The fishing contest, where you bring your big fish to the general store (not the casino) at the end of each week will be Monday through Sunday. The angler with the largest fish will receive one dollar per ounce. His or her name will then be put into a drawing at the end for more prizes. This will run from Jan. 1 to April 27.

There is a second contest this year. If you catch a tagged fish, bring it to the general store and you could instantly win $50-$100 and a chance at $1,000, plus a possibility of more at the end of the contest. All fish must be at least 14-inches long. Contestants must be at least 21 years old.

For more information, call Topaz Lodge and Casino at (775) 266-3338. Or, if you’re interested in their room and boat special, call them at (800) 962-0732.

Please come prepared this year. With our recent storms there was at least a foot of snow around the lake. With another storm due this weekend, driving to the shore may be a little tough. However, Chuck Fields, proprietor of Topaz Marina, is bringing in heavy equipment to assure that the area is clear of snow.

The ramp will be open. The water level is low but the docks are floating. Always use caution as there may be icy spots walking as well as driving. Chuck will be on hand to help anglers on the ramp. Please be patient and wear a happy face because there will be lots of people, and we are all there for one thing — to celebrate the new year and fish.

Also, if you celebrate a little too much have a designated driver or just wait till you get home to celebrate with spirits. I want to see you next year, too. For more information call Chuck or Linda Fields at (775) 266-3550.

Now for your minimal fishing report:

LAKE TAHOE : I’ve talked to many charters and nobody is going out. Safety I think. Sorry, no report.

CAPLES LAKE: Ice is now forming but DO NOT attempt ice fishing! Wait! Wait! The ice should be secure by the end of January (approximately). They have eight to 10 feet of snow on the banks, which makes it a pain to even want to go there. For more information call John at The Caples Lake Resort at (209) 258-8888.

RED LAKE : A very sad place this year. The water level has dropped to the lowest level I’ve seen in 25 years. Ice fishing may be impossible this year. But, with the storms we’ve had so far, the water content may bring it up.

INDIAN CREEK: Good luck. My friend Arnie and his father-in-law, Tom, attempted to fish, and as they approached via the dirt road from Diamond Valley, the road was hardly plowed (meaning, as he stepped out of his vehicle he was almost waist-high in snow). Arnie could see the lake, but not wanting to travel the distance, he and Tom decided to go back and have a cup of hot chocolate.

I wish I could tell you more about good fishing, but there’s little to find this time of year. I hope this helps put you, and remember: The annual Mac-The-Naw ice fishing derby will be in March at Caples Lake. Look for future articles for details. But for now, the Naw is looking for prize donations (i.e. rod/reel combos; fishing line, lunch for two, gift certificates, etc.). The proceeds for this derby will go to the Kids Fishing Day 2003. Questions? Call the Naw-Line at (775) 267-9722.

Good fishing, tight lines and happy holidays!

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