The Union Democrat Sports Department


For The Union Democrat

At Pinecrest Lake 29,370 rainbow trout have been planted to date and summer campers are bringing home fish for dinner.

The inlet area where the south-fork Stanislaus enters the lake is a popular spot for shore anglers using Power Bait or salmon eggs as well as for boaters who anchor in the area. It can get crowded at times.

Trollers are picking up fish with Wedding Ring lures, Kastmasters, and

flasher/worm combos. Beardsley Lake has been producing some nice

catches of rainbows and a few browns. This writer was among three

generations there on Father's Day, with son Ed and grandsons Jordan and

Tyler. We found the bite had slowed a bit from the previous week but

managed to keep three rainbows, release three smaller ones, and Tyler

made the "catch of the day" with a 15-inch brown trout.

The water level is beginning to drop as expected, due to the low

snowpack. Streams along the 108 corridor are in excellent fly fishing

levels. Time for light leaders and small flies.

In the Ebbetts Pass area the Annual Father's Day Fishing Derby was held

at White Pines Lake and it was a great success, with a big turnout of

anglers of all ages winning prizes and having fun. All major lakes in

the area are receiving weekly trout plants, including White Pines,

Spicer, Alpine, Union, and Mosquito Lakes. North Fork Stanislaus and

Beaver Creek are also in great fly fishing levels. For information call


At New Melones kokanee salmon are the main menu and they are slowly

showing signs of getting bigger. Standard rigs are Uncle Larry's

spinners, Glitterbug hootchies, and Sockeye Slammers trolled behind a

dodger or slingblade and tipped with scented corn. Depths of choice

have been between 40-and-50 feet but as it gets hotter they will go

deeper. Large rainbows or browns will occassionally hit these lures as

shown by Mike Schon, of Stockton, who hooked a 6-pound, 3-ounce brown

while trolling a Sockeye Slammer at 45 feet. That catch won him the Big

Fish contest at Glory Hole Sports last week. In the catfish division,

Charlie Catario, of Sonora, was the winner with an 11-pound, 3-ounce

cat. Someone finally beat out Chris Limas, a frequent winner in this


Among local anglers finding early morning limits of kokanee at New

Melones are Twain Harte Connection members Cas Munoz, Wayne DeGenaro

and Dave Hartford fishing in one boat, and John Minor and Ken Lucas in

another. Stan Blanchard, Chuck King, and Dave Sefton have also had

early-morning success, as has John Darroch, of Glitterbug Lures.

Blanchard reports good news for us senior citizens: The Tuttletown

docks have been moved to the second-level ramp, making it an easier

walk up to the parking lot. He also mentioned an odd sighting of a deer

swimming with a group of Canadian geese. Deer often swim between

islands at Melones.

The two-day Kokanee Power Derby at Melones starts tomorrow. Most

reservations have been made in advance but for more information call

Glory Hole Sports at 736-4333. On Sunday at the store the 1 p.m. free

seminar will be on "Selecting and Maintaining Rods and Reels."

Upcoming events: The Tuolumne County Trap Shooting Championships take

place tomorrow at Mother Lode Gun Club. One trap range will be open for

those wishing to shoot but not entering the contest.

The second and last of the year Fishermen's Yard Sales in Sugar Pine on

Dogwood Lane will take place July 7-8. There will be tackle and lures

at great bargains.

Saturday, July 7, is also designated as a Free Fishing Day by the

Department of Fish and Game. Anyone of any age may fish anywhere in

California without a fishing licanse. Great time to introduce a

non-fishing friend to the sport.

Back to the subject of nature: Tuesday night we had an unwelcome

visitor in our neighborhood. A bear made its way down the street,

raiding garbage cans. My neighbor Jerry Morrow heard a noise and went

out to investigate. He found his garbage can knocked over and the bear

standing next to it. They were face-to-face for a few seconds and the

bear wheeled and took off. Part of living in the mountains.