California has eight lakes voted among the nation’s 100 most family friendly places to boat and fish in the United States.
The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation campaign initiated the nationwide vote to provide families and outdoor enthusiasts with a recommended list of the best family-friendly places to experience the joys of boating and fishing as the weather warms up around the country.
Criteria for the top places to boat and fish included having a public body of water within an hour of a major city and good fishing opportunities.
“We enlisted the help of state fish and wildlife agencies to identify popular locations, and asked fishing and boating enthusiasts who belong to our communities to vote on their favorite spots that are easily accessible and where fish are known to bite most often,” RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson said.
Lake Berryessa in Napa Valley was ranked No. 1. In seventh place was Lake Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley.
Other California sites listed include: 11. Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area, Livermore; 13. Moonlight State Beach, Encinitas; 17. Clear Lake State Park, Kelseyville; 28. Dockweiler State Beach, Los Angeles; 33. Echo Park, Los Angeles; 75. Millerton Lake State Recreation Area, Friant.
Florida, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania are each represented six times in the top 100. The release of Take Me Fishing’s Top 100 list kicks off the celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week, which starts Sunday and runs through June 8.
People are encouraged to visit their local parks and other fishing holes.
California’s Free Fishing Days when a fishing license is not required are July 5 and Sept. 6.
Anglers Anonymous event
The fifth fishing tournament sponsored by Anglers Anonymous since November 2011 was Saturday.
The weather was less than ideal, but there were 26 entrants in the event held out of Port San Luis.
Mark Trejo caught the heaviest fish, a 10.93-pound lingcod. His reward was $117.
First place in the rockfish category was a 10.71-pound cabezon reeled in by Joe Saputo worth, $78. Travis Saule placed second with a 10.44-pound lingcod, good for $39. Placing third was Andrew Jennings with a 10.07-pound lingcod that paid $19.50.
Said Greg Birkholz, Anglers Anonymous president: “We fully expected either a salmon or halibut catch would be the winning species in our non- rock fish category. Bill Zeiders was the winner with a flounder the size of a big pancake (1.43 pounds). He won $78. Runner-up was Len Gregory with a 0.85-pound flounder that paid $39.
“Our potluck was better than ever with a varied menu,” Birkholz said. “The raffle drew outstanding participation and brought in funds that will help our sponsorship of our third Wounded Warriors fishing trip, tentatively scheduled Oct. 4.”
Port San Luis Boatyard
Ninety-five lingcod and 32 white seabass were caught by anglers aboard 134 boats launched last week. The bulk of the lingcod harvest was registered over the weekend — 44 on Saturday and 38 on Sunday. Twenty-two seabass were caught Sunday. And two halibut were caught Sunday.
Whopper of the Week honors were secured by Nipomo’s Phil Silvers with a 13 1⁄2-pound halibut.
Thus far, three anglers have qualified for the John Rowley Big Lingcod Contest. Anglers who catch the biggest ling each week through Nov. 30 will earn a spot in the championship event Dec. 6.
Already qualified are: Zack Clapp, Fresno, 12-0 ling, Katherine Robles, Fresno, 12-2 ling, and Domingo Aguirre, Corcoran, 16-0 ling.
Winning jackpots last week were: Eric Hedger, Los Osos, 14-0 ling, David Lemon, Lompoc, 11-0 ling, Jack Joy, Clovis, 9-0 ling, and Michael Williams, Paso Robles, 8-0 ling.
Trips scheduled heading into the weekend are: A 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. trip aboard the Princess for $89 and an 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. trip on the Fiesta for $59, both Friday. Saturday’s schedule includes a 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. trip for $69 and an 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. trip for $59. On Sunday, trips are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For reservations, go to www.virgs.com or call 772-1222.
Recent jackpot winners include: Jerry Bello, Paso Robles, 14-0 ling; Joe Torres, Arroyo Grande, 12-0 ling; Garwin Weiting, Santa Maria, and Keitlynn Glenn, Wasco, both 9-0 lings; and Mike Budd, Nipomo, 8-0 ling.
The weekend schedule: Friday 7 a.m. to noon for $52; Saturday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $68 and 7 a.m. to noon for $52; Sunday 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $82.
For reservations and more information, to go www.patriotsportfishing.com, or call 595-7200.
Morro Bay Landing
Taft’s Louie McComb won jackpots last week with lingcod weighing 12 pounds, 5 ounces and 10 pounds.
The weekend schedule has 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. trips both Friday and Saturday for $69 and an 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. trip Sunday for $59.
For reservations, call 771-5500.
Although the facility was open six days through Memorial Day, there were only two fish caught by 34 anglers. James Taylor used PowerBait to land a 17-inch trout May 21. An anonymous fisherman caught the other fish, an 18-inch trout May 25, using a worm for bait. Whale Rock is open for fishing Wednesdays through Sundays and legal holidays.
Heritage Ranch reporter Dave Rymal said: “Residents Bunky Giles, Jack Foster and three friends caught limits of spotted bass on Tuesday. Another resident caught six catfish to four pounds on Wednesday.”