By LEN ACKERMAN
For The Union Democrat
The Purple Heart Anglers fishing event at New Melones last Saturday was a great success.
About 30 vets attended and there were plenty of boats, thanks to local area guides and private boaters.
A barbeque lunch was held after the fishing at Black Bart day use area, followed by awards and raffle prizes donated at Glory Hole Sports. Randy Houston, president of the Purple Heart Anglers, gave thanks to Melanie and Dan Lewis of Glory Hole Sports for their help in organizing the event as well as those who volunteered help and donations.
I hope this becomes an annual event.
The summer pattern at new melones Reservoir is moving in and more anglers will be turning to night fishing.
The Big Fish winner last week at Glory Hole Sports was Dave Hemphill, of Valley Springs, with a 2-pound, 11-ounce rainbow that hit a kokanee lure, a pink/white Hootchie near Rose Island.
A big catfish was caught by Jeff Henry, of Angels Camp, while fishing under the stars. The big 12-pound cat bit on a garlic scented Power Egg.
Local guide Danny Layne reports finding kokanee at Melones near Rose Island, the dam, and off Bear Creek to the South. The kokanee still remain on the small side, 12-to-13 inches.
At Lake Don Pedro, Layne reports good rainbow activity in the Big Creek Arm at around 45 feet with shad pattern lures and kokanee are down to 65-to-80 feet.
He also tried Lake McClure last week and found a good rainbow bite from Barrett’s Cove to the A-Frame with lures tipped with a small piece of worm.
Layne switched to striped bassat New Hogan Lake with local anglers Chuck Hewitt and Charlie Simons and they boated several of the landlocked stripers by rolling shad or anchovies.
My friend Bob King, of Sonora, joined this writer at Beardsley Lake last Friday and we managed to boat limits which included only one of the elusive brown trout.
Flasher/worm combos still work well, with a little added weight as the fish go deeper. The lake level is holding steady at the bottom of the launch ramp.
Streams along the Ebbetts and Sonora Pass highways continue to drop and provide better fly fishing conditions.
A favorite lake near Arnold on Highway 4 is White Pines and a favorite on Highway 108 is Pinecrest. Both are well stocked with rainbow trout throughout the summer season.
The Tuolumne County 4th Annual Trap Championship, co-sponsored by Black Oak Casino, will take placeat the Mother Lode Gun Club. It’s limited to Tuolumne County residents or Mother Lode Gun Club members. Signups start at and the entry fee is $35 for 100 targets at 16 yards.
Shooters will be divided into six divisions, based on age.
Regular trap will also be available for those not entering the competition.
For more information, call DeWayne Sessions at 536-9718.
Assembly Bill 711, the bill to ban the use of lead ammunition for all hunting in California, will be heardby the Senate Appropriations Committee.
At least 24 coalitions of sportsmen’s groups strongly oppose this bill.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has agreed that there has been no threat to wildlife in the environment by the use of lead ammunition over many years of studies with one exception, an area in central California designated as a Condor zone where lead ammo has been banned.
The state of Arizona has turned down efforts to ban lead ammunition.