Outdoors: Poaching a problem, tough to enforce

The Union Democrat Sports Department

By LEN ACKERMAN

For The Union Democrat

Poaching of fish and gamein California is an ongoing problem which is difficult to enforce. Without accurate figures it has been estimated that in regards to deer, poachers kill more than legal licensed hunters.

Recently, a citizen tip about deer poaching turned into a muli-agency operation, resulting in the seizure of poached wildlife, drugs, and stolen guns and cars. The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) operation which included assistance from the California Highway Patrol, U.S. Forest Service, and Lassen County Sheriff's Department resulted in four arrests.

A CalTIP (Californians Turn in Poachers and Polluters) call generated this case. CalTIP is a confidential witness program that encourages the public to provide the DFG with information leading to the arrest of poachers and polluters.

If you witness a poaching or polluting incident, or any fish and wildlife vioation, or have information about such a violation, call the toll-free number at 1-888-DFG-CALTIP.

Another competitivetrap practicewas held at Angels Gun Club on Sunday. 24 shooters competed with entry fees totaling $240. First place went to Bill Ladd who shot 72 out of 75 targets, good for $120. In second place was Dan Day with 71 out of 75 targets for $76; third was won after a shoot-out by Dave Stark with 70 out of 75 targets good for $44.

The competetive shoots at the club will resume after the holidays.

I rode over to the Glory Hole Marinaon Tuesday with Stan Blanchard, of Sonora, an avid angler and Kokanee Power member, to witness the transfer of the last brown trout to the holding pens, as was covered in Wednesday'sUnion Democrat.

Also present to lend a hand was John Darroch, of Arnold, who manufactures Glitterbug lures. The trout were in beautiful shape with big black and red spots and averaged over a pound apiece.

When released in the spring they should find adequate food in the form of shad minnows which will promote good growth.

Brown trout have produced some record catches over the years, including the New Melones record at over 13 pounds and the state record at 26 pounds, 8 ounces caught at Upper Twin Lake (Mono County) in 1987.

Last week, before the storms moved in,anglers getting out at Melones had some success, among whom were Pierce and Joe Rigsby, of Murphys, who caught five nice rainbows from shore with Power Bait and nightcrawlers.

Bob James, of Murphys, had a limit of 'bows while trolling a Kastmaster in Mormon Cove.

The Big Fish contest winner at Glory Hole Sports was Josh Parrish, of San Andreas, with a 3-pound, 8-ounce rainbow caught on a shad-pattern rip-bait.

The Fun Shootscheduled at Mother Lode Gun Club Saturday may be postponed due to rain. For information call 984-4160.

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