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Bruce Ajari: Jake’s Annual Charity Fishing Derby set for June 6

A popular annual event for fishermen is the Jake’s Annual Charity Fishing Derby and Brunch on Lake Tahoe, to be held on Sunday, June 6 this year.

This is the 17th year that this fundraiser is being held. A $50 entry fee is required that includes a T-shirt, Jake’s buffet brunch and a raffle. Register in Tahoe City at Jake’s on the Lake or Pete and#8216;N Peters by 5 p.m. on June 5.

While I am not a big fan of fishing derbies, this is one that supports the local community. This year’s recipient will be the North Tahoe Booster Club, which benefits North Tahoe sports teams.

The derby begins at 4:30 a.m. and ends at noon. There are three species of fish that anglers are seeking for the prize money and#8212; mackinaw (also called lake trout), brown trout and rainbow trout. The largest of the three species wins the cash prize of $1,000 for the largest mackinaw, $500 for the largest brown and $250 for the largest rainbow.

Lake Tahoe is a beautiful lake and just being on it makes for a terrific day, although fishing can be tough because of its very clear waters.

Most anglers find that it takes a bit of time to learn how to best fish this lake. The mackinaw has probably been the most targeted species by sportfishing charters. These are typically caught very deep, however, in the spring and fall they can be caught in shallow water. Mackinaw grow very large, as the current state record caught in Lake Tahoe is 37 pounds, 6 ounces, taken in 1974 by Robert Aronsen of South Lake Tahoe.

Brown and rainbow trout are generally more accessible to shore anglers. Both species can exceed 20 pounds. Of the two, more rainbow are typically caught in Tahoe than browns. This is pretty much the case wherever you find both species. Many say the brown trout ranks higher in intelligence, but it could more likely be because they tend to be more nocturnal. Whatever the case, browns are a considerably rare catch compared to a rainbow on Tahoe.

The state record brown trout, weighing 26 pounds, 8 ounces, was caught in 1987 in Twin Lakes near Bridgeport by Danny Stearman of Bakersfield. The state record rainbow was caught in Lake Natoma near Sacramento by Frank Palmer of Orangevale. That fish weighed 27 pounds.

Non-anglers can participate in the brunch by purchasing a ticket for $18. The brunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Participants can also choose to donate a prize for the charity raffle.

For more information, rules and regulations, or to make a donation to the raffle, call (530) 583-0188 or visit

and#8212; Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.

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