Len Ackerman

The state legislature has finally begun to show signs of favoring hunters and anglers by recently passing two important bills.

The first was Assembly Bill 521, the Elk Tag reduction bill.

The Assembly passed it by an amazing 67 to 4 vote. This bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Solano, calls for a $20 apprentice/youth tag and a $100 adult tag.

This is a significant reduction from the previous $450 adult tag and reportedly brings the price more in line with other states.

The second bill passed was Senate Bill 187 which would allow the purchase of a fishing license to be good for one year from the date of purchase.

This bill, sponsored by Senator Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, must first pass the assembly before reaching the governor’s desk.

As Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over til it’s over.”

The first Kokanee Power Derby of the year drew 145 anglers Saturday at Lake Pardee, 130 adults and 15 juniors

According to Kokanee Power president, Gary Coe, it was a success even though the kokanee bite was tough.

The top three places weighed in about 60 ounces for three fish, which is very good for June at Pardee.

At New Melones Reservoir, bass fishing has been good. Topwater lures are best in early mornings or late evenings with a switch to soft plastics in midday.

“CG” Strom, of Angels Camp, caught and released a 5-pounder, her best so far.

Stacie Albright, of Angels Camp, fishing with her husband, Del, landed a big 8-pounder along a rocky shoreline in the evening.

On the trout scene, guide Gary Burns has been finding rainbows between the Highway 49 and Parrots Ferry bridges, trolling kokanee gear at 35 to 42 feet.

The kokanee bite has been slow with hopes of it picking up soon.

Don’t forget the Sizzlin’ Summer Fishin’ seminar at Glory Hole Sports from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow. There will be raffle giveaways, vendors, and renowned speakers, covering bass, trout, and kokanee.

My son, Bob, went to check on Beardsley Reservoir Wednesday and found the water murky and with some debris.

Casting lures and trying bait failed to produce a strike. It appears the runoff is bringing lots of food into the lake, as is happening in many other lakes.

The road is open to the dam and into the west side campgrounds.

Pinecrest Lake is ready for the crowds this weekend and was among local waters planted with trout. Other waters include: North Fork Tuolumne, Middle and south forks Stanislaus, Lyons Canal, Power House Stream and Moccasin Creek.

Kudos go to the Mother Lode Gun Club Nuggets Trap Team for their performance in the CYSSA State Championship last week at Angels Gun Club, as well as to coach John Luckie.

The annual Pinecrest Fish Faire will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday with headquarters at the amphitheater.

It’s a great place for kids to learn about the outdoors as well as catch some fish.