By LEN ACKERMAN
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.