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2004 California season to open this Saturday

Nevada Appeal Staff Reports

By Don Quilici

This is a final reminder that Saturday is the opening day of the 2004 California fishing season.

Once it opens, that season will run through Nov. 15.

Anglers will now be able to fish a large number of nearby California streams, creeks and rivers that have been closed since last Fall.

They include such waters as the West Carson River, the East Carson River, the West Walker River, the East Walker River, the Little Walker River, the Truckee River, Buckeye Creek, Green Creek, Mammoth Creek, Robinson Creek, Rush Creek, Virginia Creek, etc.

It means that they can also fish at other locations such as Bridgeport Reservoir, Convict Lake, Crowley Lake, Dynamo Pond, the June Lake Loop (Grant, Gull, June and Silver) Lundy Lake, the Mammoth Lakes (George, Mamie, Mary and Twin), North Lake, Sabrina Lake, South Lake, Upper and Lower Twin Lakes and the Virginia Lakes area, all easily reached by a vehicle.

It also means that once the snow pack melts and recedes and the surface ice melts, hikers can fish at countless walk-in lakes, such as Burro, Kirman (Carmen), East, Fremont, Gilman, Upper and Lower Hoover, Lane, Nutter, Upper Lower and Middle Par Value, Poore, Roosevelt, Secret, Summit and West. Many of those lower-elevation lakes are already ice-free this year.

And the waters that open on Saturday include California’s remote wilderness areas, such as Carson-Iceberg, Desolation, Emigrant, Hoover, John Muir, Mokelumne, etc.

Also opening on Saturday morning will be all the waters in King’s Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks.

If the weather is nice, expect to encounter huge crowds of anglers, everywhere along the entire Eastern Sierra Front.

Those hordes will be concentrated at such popular drive-in fishing destinations as Crowley Lake, Convict Lake, the June Lake Loop, Upper and Lower Twin Lakes, the West Walker River, the East Walker River, Robinson Creek and Buckeye Creek.

Anglers interested in fishing California’s backcountry should expect to encounter deep snow and ice-covered lakes anywhere above an elevation of about 8,500-9,000 feet.

If you’re one of those hardy anglers, be sure go prepared with cross country skis, snowshoes or a snowmobile. You’ll need them to get to your favorite walk-in lake.

And remember to carry a snow shovel and an ice-auger to use when you reach that special lake. You’ll need them, too.

Finally, don’t forget to wear your California fishing license where it is readily visible, above the waist.

Good luck fishing!