Len Ackerman

The Mother Lode Gun Club will hold its 8th annual Tuolumne County Trap Competition on Sunday, May 21.

The competition is limited to Mother Lode Gun Club members and Tuolumne County residents (including immediate family).

There is a $35 entry fee for 100 targets at 16 yards. There is no fee for the Master Division, the “Geezer” division as member Bob Post calls it.

The divisions are: 1, Junior 10 to 13 years old; division 2, Youth, 14 to 18; division 3, Men, 19 to 59; division 4, Senior, 60 to 69; division 5, Veterans, 70 to 79; division 6, Wome, any age; division 7, Master, 80 and above.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places and winners will have their name engraved on a plaque. The event is co-sponsored by Black Oak Casino.

The California stream trout season opener last Saturday was tough from the Truckee River down to the Tuolumne River due to high and cold water flows.

The Stanislaus middle and south forks were slow and shore fishing at Pinecrest Lake was also slow. But those getting out in boats to troll found some nice rainbows, thanks to a last minute plant by Moccasin Creek Hatchery.

My son, Bob, and I got up to Pinecrest Wednesday and caught seven rainbows averaging 13 to 14 inches, not the typical size planters normally expected. Flasher/worm combos was the key to success.

The water level continues to rise at New Melones Reservoir and the trout bite has picked up for trollers.

Some are using flasher/worm combos and others are finding trout with kokanee lures such as Hootchies and Uncle Larry’s spinners.

There is still no report of kokanee turning up but the hope is that they will be bigger holdovers when they do.

Bank angling has not been too good due to so much vegetation in the area.

Anyone wanting to fish the north coast for salmon will be disappointed as ocean season has been closed and now the Klamath and Trinity rivers will also be closed to taking salmon this fall.

This is all due to a very poor return of fish to the Klamath River Hatchery this year. Further south, off San Francisco, Half Moon, and Monterey Bay, some good salmon catches have been reported.

This week’s trout plants will be as follows: Middle fork Stanislaus; Clark’s Fork (if entry is possible); Angels Creek; Moccasin Creek; Power House Stream; and Lyons Canal.