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For those of us stuck at home
« on: April 28, 2013, 06:17:40 AM »
Rainbow trout season begins in the Eastern Sierras
By John
Posted:   04/27/2013 09:26:39 PM PDT
April 28, 2013 4:40 AM GMTUpdated:   04/27/2013 09:39:15 PM PDT

Fishing action from the shore at Convict Lake on opening day of Trout Fishing Season in the Eastern Sierra. (John McCoy/Staff Photographer)
Roy Taramasco of San Diego was thrilled with his 1.75 pound rainbow he caught at June Lake on opening day of Trout Fishing Season in the Eastern Sierra. (John McCoy/Staff Photographer)

JUNE LAKE -- The last Saturday in April marks the opening of fishing season in the Eastern Sierra when thousands of fishermen descend on the waterways, lakes and tributaries to try their luck catching the elusive rainbow trout.

In years past anglers would brave the wind, rain, snow and ice to hook the slimy quarry, that also includes cutthroats, browns and bookies, but this year the mid-day temperatures hovered in the low 70's.

"The Opener," as locals call it, is a make or break weekend for the economy in Inyo and Mono counties.

With gasoline prices in Bishop near the $4.10 mark, fishing pressure is somewhat less than in the early 1980's, but officials are trying their best to lure fishermen to the Sierras with an increase in the amount of fish taken from hatcheries, and stocked into the lakes.

Chuck Bonham, director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said that more than 3.6 million pounds of trout were released into area waters before the season began.
In 2011, 2.1 million pounds of fish were planted, compared to 2.86 million pounds in 2012. The record number of fish this year should be a boon to anglers.

Lake Crowley, just 28 miles north of Bishop, was one of the largest benefactors of the trout plant. "For the past two months we have been focusing on Crowley," Bonham said.

Action on June Lake was slow but steady, with several limits coming into the marina by noon. One of the largest fish was reeled in by Whit Behrens who caught a 3.9-pound rainbow trout while trolling a "mirror shad" lure on monofilament line behind his boat.

"It wasn't an epic battle, but it was fun," said Behrens who traveled from Pleasant Hill to fish at June Lake. "It was first thing in the morning when I caught him and it really took the pressure off." The angler who catches the largest fish at June Lake will receive a silver belt buckle with a gold trout on it. Behrens will have to wait until nightfall before finding out if his fish held up.

The fishing bait and tackle company Berkley made an appearance in the Sierras on opening day handing out jars of its signature Power Bait to youngsters fishing the shorelines.

Berkley introduced the floating bait 25 years ago during the opening of trout season on June Lake. Today most fishermen carry some variation of Power Bait in their tackle boxes.

At Convict Lake, south of June on Highway 395, anglers were taking full advantage of a bright sunshiny day while fishing in shorts and tee shirts.

Benjamin Arai of Pasadena got up before the crack of dawn and cast some "Zeke's" floating bait into the inlet where water from upper Convict Creek flows into the lake. It was just after 5 a.m. when he reeled in a 5.12-pound rainbow trout.

The angler who catches the largest trout at Convict Lake by 3 p.m. on Sunday will receive a cash prize of $500. Convict is well known to produce some of the largest fish on opening day.

Near the inlet at Convict, Derrick Perez of Upland was cooking up some of Saturday's catch.

Using a cast iron skillet on a camp stove, Perez and his fishing buddies were frying trout fresh out of the water, just feet away from their fishing spot. According to George Torres from South El Monte, the group of guys usually cook up cheeseburgers, hot dogs or warm up a pot of menudo, but this year they ran out of food. " Every year we take our fish home and have a fish fry for Mothers Day," said Torres.

"This year were had some bacon grease left over, so we figured, why not cook some fish? "

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Re: For those of us stuck at home
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2013, 07:33:15 AM »
I guess we don't have to worry about the next generation and fishing.

I don't see any "old farts" in that last photo.



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Re: For those of us stuck at home
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2013, 08:31:04 AM »
Agree John. I'd love to be there; but judging by the crowd, no....
Looking at it and all the "fresh off the bus" kids with brown lunch bags it would not be long before there are bits of bread floating and the fish gobbling them up!?
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Re: For those of us stuck at home
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2013, 10:01:14 AM »
I'm glad I wait a week now a days. Did the Opener for over 20 years, but I'm to old to deal with that crowd any more.


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Re: For those of us stuck at home
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2013, 08:09:57 AM »
I use to do the opener, but no more. I'm heading up on May 10th, just a little quieter.