By Len Ackerman
For The Union Democrat
In the Ebbetts Pass region, the North Fork Stanislaus and Beaver Creek are still receiving summer trout plants and stream flows are low and clear to the delight of fly anglers.
They are finding success with black ants, caddis, Royal coachman, and woolybugger flies.
At Spicer and Alpine Lakes, the water is dropping fast. The dock at Alpine is no longer in the water but Spicer still has its dock floating and boaters are finding rainbows with the flasher/worm combos and small lures.
White Pines Lake, easily accessible near Arnold, is still receiving trout plants and the trout have gone deeper due to the summer heat.
The Highway 108 area streams are also running low and clear but planting continues in the Middle, Clark’s, and South Forks Stanislaus.
Pinecrest Lake is still accommodating summer campers with trout plants and the inlet area is still the most popular for bait anglers, as well as the dam area. Power baits and salmon eggs are the norm.
At New Melones, night fishing with submersible lights has been producing some good catches of trout and is a way to beat the summer heat.
They are anchoring over 35-to-40 feet of water and lowering their light to 15-to-25 feet and then lowering their bait (worms, Power Nuggetts, or minnows) below the light.
The Big Fish winner at Glory Hole Sports was Lorh Randall with a 3-pound, 4-ounce rainbow. No catfish was weighed in this week.
Limits are still the rule for kokanee anglers and this writer got out last Monday and found an early limit, all measuring 12 inches — small but very tasty.
I trolled Uncle Larry’s spinners and Glitterbug Hootchies at 45-to-50 feet.
Twenty eager trap shooters showed up Sunday for the first Competetive Trap Practice held at Angels Trap Range in Angels Camp.
Bill Ladd was the overall winner with a score of 72 out of 75 targets. His expertise won him $100.
A score of 70 out of 75 created a three-way tie between Tim Doty, Clay Dillashaw, and Danny Layne.
A shoot-off was held with Dillashaw placing second, good for $60, and Doty placing third for $40.
Special recognition goes to 9-year-old Hunter Blacksmith for shooting a score of 40 out of 75 and holding his own amongst the adults.
Shooters from Mother Lode Gun Club, Waterford Trap Club, and from as far away as Mariposa joined the shooters from Angels.
Refreshments were enjoyed during the awards presentations with talk of a second competitive shoot being held in September.
I would like to express a personal opinion regarding the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) licensing regulations.
As to fishing, a youngster is allowed to fish for free until he or she reaches 16.
Then, suddenly, they are required to get an adult license which is now $44.85. That’s a pretty steep jump for parents to come up with, especially so because kids at that age are not usually ready to enter the workforce.
I would like to see the DFG come up with an intermediate-priced license for teenagers until they reach at least 18 or perhaps 21.
The same scenario applies to hunting licenses. A number of youngsters develop a keen interest in fishing and hunting, only to find the cost factor a deterrant to continuing with the sports.
This writer has sent comments before and perhaps the more contacts are made for a change, the better the chance of the commission considering a change.