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Marla Allison  
Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods
(209) 795-1686

June 04, 2001

The week of June 3-11 is National Fishing Week and National "Take a Kid Fishing" week. Free Fishing Day is this Saturday, June 9th. No license is required to fish in California waters on this day.
The fishing has been great in the high country. All the lakes and streams have been producing and everything is accessible with the exception of Highlands at the top of Ebbetts Pass. This road should be plowed open by Alpine County soon. Most of the snow has disappeared and the flows are lessening in the streams. The water is extremely cold in the high lakes so the fish are still shallow.
At Lake Alpine and Spicer Reservoir, trollers are scoring by toplining with a dodger/worm or spoon combo and the bankies are picking up nice Rainbows with power bait and worms. Flycasters are float-tubing with floating line and wooly buggers or prince nymphs and dries like black gnats and mosquitos are working in the early morning and evenings.
The fish at Spicer still have tapeworms and are running small but the Alpine trout are big and healthy. Hobart Creek near the boat ramp at Spicer is closed to fishing until July 1st. Spicer Res. is quite low and small boats are recommended. Launching is from the granite below the ramp.
Spicer will not fill this year.
The road to Union and Utica is open and Fish & Game will be planting Union soon. There are a few holdovers being caught there now.
The North Fork of the Stanislaus and Beaver Creek are recieving regular plants and small spinners are producing lots of trout. Power bait and salmon eggs will catch fish near the bridges and crickets or worms are working well farther up or downstream. Below Boards Crossing on the North Fork, Jason Altomare used a Rapala to score a beautiful 23 1\2" 4 1/2 pound Female Brown last Friday and returned to catch a 23" male the next morning. Two trophy Browns in a row! Congratulations Jason!
Steve Mountjoy caught a really nice 18" Rainbow out of the North Fork of the Mokelumne at Hermit Valley last week. This is a huge fish to come out of those small waters in the high country above Lake Alpine.
Don't miss the 7th Annual Fishing Derby at White Pines Lake on Fathers Day, June 17th for your chance at some trophy Rainbows! Sign ups and information at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods in Arnold.
Call (209) 795-1686.

May 22, 2001

Most of the campgrounds in the high country will be open for Memorial Weekend. There are still snow drifts blocking the forest roads above 6500 feet but the major roads are clear. Spicer Res. Rd. is open and bankies are scoring small rainbows on most baits and lures. Hobart Creek (the channel near the dam) is closed to fishing until July 1st and Fish & Game Wardens will be patrolling the area to enforce this special regulation.  The lake itself is low and will not fill this year. Most of the Rainbows in Spicer Res. still have  tapeworms and this keeps the fish rather small but easy to catch. They're always hungry!
The dock should be in the water at Lake Alpine by the weekend. The lake was very low when it iced over this year and the water got extremely cold right to the bottom. The trout there are still lethargic and the bite is very light, making them hard to hook. There have been some nice 2 to 3 pounders taken in the last week by trollers with dodgers and worms toplining. Make sure to troll very slowly.
Mosquito Lakes and Kinney Lakes will most likely still be frozen over this weekend but it won't be long before the thaw due to the unusually warm weather.
Flows in the North Fork of the Stanislaus are being regulated upstream and are staying pretty mellow and fishable. The water is still extremely cold in the rivers and streams. The warm weather is triggering lots of hatches though and there is lots of surface activity in the evenings. Flycasters can use attractor patterns like Royal Wulffs or Trudes and a Prince or Hares Ear dropper for the best action.
Paul Moore brought in a nice 16" 1 3/4 lb. Rainbow he caught on salmon eggs at the Sourgrass bridge last Saturday and young Camille Marvin was fishing White Pines Lake with worms and landed a very nice 15" 1 lb. Rainbow-her biggest trout ever. 
California Fish and Game will be planting heavily for the weekend so salmon eggs, power bait and lures will all catch fish.
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Keith Kerrigan
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Grass Valley, CA 95949
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