The 20th-annual Cachuma Lake Trout Derby is set for April 18-19. This year’s event has broadened the species entrants can catch for cash awards.
In addition to trout, which remains the main targeted species, entrants can bring crappie, bass, catfish, sunfish and carp to event officials and win cash and merchandise prizes.
The early entry deadline has passed. Cost for the derby is $40 for adults and $10 for children ages 4-15.
To receive a registration form by mail, call the Nature Center hotline at 693-8381 and leave your name and address. Forms also are available at the Cachuma Lake Park entrance and the Nature Center.
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Cash prizes total more the $5,000, plus thousands of dollars in merchandise prizes. Certain prizes are designated for children and teens.
The heaviest trout caught will be worth $599, second heaviest $300.
Similar cash awards will be made for the two-heaviest bass, crappie, sunfish, catfish and carp.
The Derby begins at 6 a.m. April 18 and closes at noon April 19. Contestants may fish from a boat or at any time from shore including Saturday night.
Lintner begins Elite test No. 2 today
Arroyo Grande Bassmaster Elite pro Jared Lintner begins his fifth tournament today at Alabama’s Lake Guntersville. This is his 10th season on the Elite tour.
Lintner has earned checks at the Guntersville three times, with his last competition in May 2010 being his best result when he placed 23rd.
The entire 113-angler contingent will fish today and Friday. The field will be pared to 50-plus anglers for Saturday. Only the top 12 get to fish Sunday.
The pros, including Lintner, had a difficult time catching 14-inch keepers on the Sabine River in South Texas, the first stop on the 2015 agenda. The Elites are arriving at the time of year when giants are most common. In a recent tournament on the lake, a 12-pound, 7-ounce fish was caught.
The next two Elite tournaments after this week are April 30-May 3 at the Sacramento River and May 7-10 at Lake Havasu, Havasu, Ariz.
Port San Luis Boatyard
A 23-pound salmon was caught by Mark Scholdfield on Saturday for Whopper of the Week honors. Sixteen salmon were caught April 4, opening day of the salmon season.
Rockcod limits were caught Saturday and Sunday by private boat owners who launched out of the PSL Sports Launch. Two half-limit days were registered, while anglers aboard three of the five boats dispatched on the April 1 opener caught limits.
A 12-pound salmon and a 12-pound lingcod tied for big fish honors for the first week (five days) of the rockcod season.
Brian Anderson of Exeter caught the salmon, and J.D. Escobar of King City caught the lingcod.
Other jackpot winners were: Tim Garcia, Santa Maria, 10-0 lingcod, Sean Jensen, Shell Beach, 9-0 salmon, Samiar Grady, Bakersfield, and Wyatt De Buck, Paso Robles, both 8-0 lingcods.
Caught by 254 anglers were 183 lingcod, 414 red rockcod, 719 assorted rockfish, 100 bolina, 13 cabezon, two salmon, 38 dungeness crab and two rock crab.
For trip schedules and reservations, call 595-7200 or go to www.patriotsportfishing.com.
A 14-pound, 8-ounce lingcod caught by Andrew Bartlik from North Salem, N.Y., was the big fish of the week.
Other jackpot winners were: Jose Espinoza, Bakersfield, 11-2 lingcod, Reynoldo Torrez, Bakersfield, 6-5 lingcod, Corina Lum, Reno, Nev., 5-7 cabezon, Sam Rodrigues, Fresno, 5-5 lingcod, Jace Baker and Jacob Roberts, both of Clovis, both 5-0 lingcods.
The catch by 117 anglers last week included 132 lingcod, 523 red rockcod, 791 assorted rockfish, five cabezon and two kelp greenling.
For trip schedules and reservations, call 772-1222 or go to www.virgs.com
Morro Bay Landing
Jackpot honors for the first two trips out of Patriot’s Morro Bay Landing were won by Fred Brown of Visalia and Dustin Harper of Clovis with lingcod weighing 11 and 10 pounds, respectively.
Seventy fishermen caught 31 lingcod, 51 red rockcod and 303 assorted rockfish.
For reservations and trip schedules, call 771-5500 or go to www.morrobaylanding.com.
Santa Margarita Lake
Marina Manager Ken Hemer reports: “Bass fishing slowed a bit from the previous week, but double digit catches are still available for those putting in the effort. Jigs and any type of shad imitation lures are working. Shore fishermen fared well with the same baits. Some larger grade bluegill and crappie were checked in at the marina.”
Heritage Ranch reporter Dave Rymal said: “Judy Lutz and her husband have caught 40 white bass earlier this week trolling white Roostertails and small Rapalas.”