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Spotted bass confirmed as world record


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Word out of Glory Hole Sports is that the 10.48-pound spotted bass caught at New Melones Reservoir in February by Keith Bryan, of Novato, has been confirmed as the world record for its species.

Bryan was fishing in a tournament and there was some controversy at first on the weight which had different readings on two scales, but the tournament scale was later confirmed as correct.

Fishing guide John Liechty said, “Records are made to be broken and I expect to see a new record turn up eventually at Melones.”

Meanwhile, despite lowering water levels, night fishing remains good for trout. David Hylton and Brian Baysacker proved this recently by boating several nice rainbows, the biggest at 2 pounds, 2 ounces, which won them the Big Fish contest (trout division) at Glory Hole Sports.

In the catfish division, 14-year old Hayden Carr, of Tuolumne, caught a pair of lunkers, with the largest at 12 pounds, which was the biggest catch of the week.

In the Ebbetts Pass area, the North Fork Stanislaus is in excellent fly fishing shape and Beaver Creek is very low but still fishable. 

Alpine Lake has been good and Spicer Lake is 50 feet below the launch ramp but trout planting is still ongoing in the area.

For more information, call 795-1686.

Along Highway 108, all forks of the Stanislaus River system are running low but still receiving trout plants.

Pinecrest Lake is still getting weekly plants and among those are a few trophy-size rainbows.

There have been reports of a few being caught, up to 6 pounds.  A few of the “lunkers” have also turned up in the Middle Fork near Kennedy Meadows and Dardanelle.

For information on these areas, call the Pinecrest Sport Shop at 965-3637.  

Last week at Beardsley Lake, Bob King, of Sonora, and I witnessed a bizarre event.

We were trolling along the East shore when we passed a canoe with two adults on each end and a big dog (possibly a great dane) sitting on the middle seat. We then noticed another dog swimming from shore out to the canoe.

We wondered how they would get that dog in the canoe without tipping it over. We made a turn and came back and saw the dog that had swam out was now in the front of the canoe and was pulling it toward shore while being held on to by the person in front.

Meanwhile, the big dog sat quietly high and dry and appeared to have a big smile on his face. The people in the canoe never had to pick up a paddle.  

Before, during, and after this dog show, King and I boated eight trout up to 14 inches before the wind came to life.

The water level had dropped well below the launch ramp extension and launching was a little tough off the area to the right of the ramp. 4-wheel drive is a neccessity.

One final note, may local fishing guide Danny Layne make a speedy recovery following recent bypass surgery.

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