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Kids' day, free fishing set for tomorrow

TOMORROW IS the day for kids at Pinecrest to have fun and perhaps catch a few fish at the Pinecrest Lake Kid's Fishing Celebration as I detailed last week.

The event is free, and kids 16 and younger are eligible. Show up to register after 7 a.m., and the fun begins. Bring a parent or guardian and enjoy a free hot-dog lunch, educational events and prize giveaways.

A reminder that this is also a free fishing day when no license is required. For last-minute information, call 965-3434.

On the following Saturday, a similar annual event will be held at New Melones Lake. The Kid's Fun Fair will take place June 14 at the Black Bart Day Use Area off Glory Hole Road. This will be in conjunction with National Fishing Week, and preregistration is required with a limit of 200 participants.

Registration forms are available at the Bureau of Reclamation Visitor's Center of Highway 49, south of the Stevenot Bridge, Glory Hole Sports, Glory Hole Marina, Sonora Wal-Mart and Oakdale Kmart. Registration can be done by phone by calling 536-9094, ext. 22 or 32. Participants must be no more than 15 years of age.

Besides fishing, there will be numerous educational displays, casting instruction and a barbecue lunch. Fishing rods, reels, tackle and bait will be available for loan, or you may bring your own. A demonstration of water safety will be emphasized, and patrol boats will be used to take the kids out on the lake.

AT PINECREST Lake, 16,500 trout have been planted sine May 1, and a plant will be made this week prior to the weekend.

Things are quiet at Pinecrest this week, but preparations are under way for the influx of people as schools let out for the summer. Anglers are picking up fish by trolling various small lures and the old meat line — flasher and worm combination.

Others prefer to anchor at the inlet or near the dam and dunk Power Bait, salmon eggs or night crawlers. Both methods work for the patient anglers. Beardsley Lake is producing some nice trout, a mix of rainbows and browns averaging 12 to 14 inches long, but look out for the occasional lunker.

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