Saturday marks the opening of trout season in streams and rivers in the Sierra. While most high country lakes are currently unfishable due to snow and ice, White Pines Lake is fishable and was scheduled to be stocked this week by the Department of Fish and Game. Other good spots in and around Calaveras County include the North Fork of the Stanislaus River, Beaver Creek, Camp Nine on the upper end of New Melones, and Schaad’s Reservoir in Wilseyville.
A fishing license is required for all anglers age 16 and older. Daily limit is five trout per day (10 in possession after opening day).
For more information, call Bill Reynolds at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods, 795-1686.
County anglers win Nor-Cal
Alex Niapas of Angels Camp and Jerry Harvey of Valley Springs teamed up to dominate the field at the Nor-Cal Bass Team Tournament Series event Saturday at New Melones. Niapas and Harvey brought in a five-fish limit weighing 37.34 pounds, which was more than 13 pounds heavier than the second-place team of Jason Remmers and Jeff Frey.
Kyle and Anthony Rasmussen of Angels Camp placed third with 22.14 pounds.
Niapas and Harvey’s haul included two 12-pounders with Niapas’s 12.7-pounder earning tournament big fish honors.
The Nor-Cal Bass Team Tournament Series concludes May 12 at Don Pedro. For more information, visit nor-calbass.com.
• At New Melones, Scott McPherson of Angels Camp caught a stringer of trout on crawlers/marshmallows in Glory Hole Cove.
• At New Melones, David Walsh, Austin Kane and Sean Zeihlke of Angels Camp won the Glory Hole Sports Big Catfish of the Week Contest with a 16-pound, 8-ounce catfish caught on crawlers in Texas Charlie Cove.
• At New Melones, Jerry Brown of Angels Camp caught a 5½-pounder on Gulp Trout Bait while fishing in Black Bart Cove.
May 20: Hunter safety class (754-4755).
June 17: Father’s Day Fishing Derby at White Pines (795-1686).
June 23-24: New Melones Team Kokanee Tournament (kokaneepower.org).
July 21: Lake Pardee Team Kokanee Derby (kokaneepower.org).
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