GONE FISHIN’: Sports shows coming up
Winter is the time for those anglers to visit some of the outstanding sports shows on the West Coast. Two of the largest are held in January. The San Francisco Sports and Boat Show takes place Jan. 12 to 21 at the Cow Palace. Started in 1942, it is one of the oldest shows of its kind on the West Coast. This show has everything from boating, fishing and hunting to, this year, skateboarding. However, fishing and hunting seem to be the big draw.
One of the highlights of the fishing area is the outdoor pond stocked with rainbow trout up to 3 pounds for kids 12 and under available to fish after school hours. Also available at the show are numerous fishing seminars and many exhibitors who are sure to offer you the trip of a lifetime.
Cost of admission is $7 for general admission, $3.50 for children and seniors are half price on weekdays. Also, adults presenting a valid fishing license may enter for half price any day. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
The second show is the popular International Sportsmen’s Exposition. There is a series of these shows in Northern California. The Sacramento show runs Jan. 17 to 21, San Mateo Jan. 31 to Feb. 4 and Pleasanton, Feb. 15 to 18. These shows have a variety of information and new equipment exhibited, particularly for fly-fishing enthusiasts. They have a fly-tying theater with some of the best fly-tiers in the country demonstrating their talents. Ned Long and Randy Johnson are two local experts who demonstrate their techniques for tying that special fly for the Tahoe region. Both have developed truly outstanding patterns that have been effective locally and elsewhere in the country.
There is also a fly-casting pond that the various rod dealers let you try the newest rods. You can compare them if you are thinking of buying or polish up a bit on your casting under the direction of some great anglers. Watch some of the premier flycasters vie for the Best-of-the-West Distance Fly-Casting Competition for a chance to enter the Western Finals March 15 to 18 at the ISE show in Salt Lake City. The grand prize will be a new Hyde driftboat.
Other attractions include vendors, seminars and information on outdoor travel destinations.
Show hours are weekdays noon until 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Admission is $10. A $2 discount coupon for weekdays is available at Long’s Drug stores and a $1 coupon available online at http://www.sportsexpos.com good any day of the week.
These shows are a great way to keep in touch with the latest equipment and technological advances in the fishing industry.
Boca – (11,129 ac. ft.) Boca has been fishing fair. Anglers fishing from shore near the inlet and near the dam are having the best luck. Most anglers use nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Boaters are having fair results. Most were using a combination of flashers and a nightcrawler or minnow-imitating lure. Fly-fishermen near the inlet should have fair-to-good action using a variety of nymphs, streamers and emergers.
Donner – Fishing has improved with the mild weather. Most anglers fishing for rainbows on the west end and near the launch ramp have had fair action. Nightcrawlers and Powerbait seem to be the main bait for shore anglers. Mackinaw fishing has been fair to good. Trollers using minnow-imitating lures have had fair results.
Lake Tahoe – (Elevation 6,226.58) Fishing has been good for Mackinaw. A guide is highly recommended if you are fishing for Mackinaw for the first time. Toplining and shore fishing is fair.
Prosser – (9,888 ac. ft.) Prosser fishing has been fishing fair. Fishing here is mostly with nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Trolling has been mostly with flashers and nightcrawlers. Fly-fishermen near the inlets are fishing primarily with midges, nymphs and streamers.
Stampede – (202,395 ac. ft.) Stampede is rated as fair. Shore angling is fair. Most use the typical baits – nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Fly-fishing is fair. Nymphs and streamers have been working best.
Other Waters – Davis Lake has been fair. The lake was mostly frozen, but has since thawed a bit and there is a bit of open water now with the mild weather. Frenchman is entirely open after the sun comes up and melts the little ice forms along the edges. Fishing is fair to good. Eagle Lake near Susanville continues to fish well. Pyramid Lake northeast of Reno has slowed a bit with the mild days. The number of fish has slowed although there now appears to be larger fish showing.
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