Mammoth derby set for Labor Day
If youre willing to travel to Mono County to fish during Labor Day weekend, you have a chance to catch some nice fish and may even become a millionaire. The occasion: The Troutstock at Mammoth Lakes.Troutstock, back for its third year, is and bigger than ever.Featuring the Million Dollar Derby, Troutstock is the premier fishing competition and festival of all things trout throughout Mono County. Troutstock Eastern Sierra starts Thursday, Aug. 30 and continues through Monday, Sept. 3. The event includes 15 lakes, five registration points, five check-in points, a kids fishing pond, trout cooking and casting demonstrations, kids fishing games, live entertainment, artist booths, a chance to win a million dollars and guaranteed cash prizes! New for this years derby, a total of $10,000 will be given away to lucky entrants in five categories the angler who catches the most tagged fish, men who catch a tagged fish, women who catch a tagged fish, children 15 and under who catch a tagged fish and all registered anglers.Pre-registered anglers will receive a free Hot Creek Hatchery Foundation raffle ticket valued at $5 for the boat and motor raffle on Monday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. in The Village at Mammoth. The winner of the Hot Creek Hatchery Foundation raffle need not be present.All events, except for the fishing derby, are free and family friendly. Proceeds benefit the Hot Creek Hatchery Foundation to support fish stocking programs in the State of California.Troutstock is an unprecedented regional promotion in the Eastern Sierra produced in partnership with Mono County Tourism Commission; Mono County Fisheries Commission; Hot Creek Hatchery Foundation; The Town of Mammoth Lakes Department of Tourism & Recreation; The Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce; The Mammoth Community Foundation; The June Lake Chamber of Commerce; The Lee Vining Chamber of Commerce; and The Town of Bridgeport. The following community lakes are participating in Troutstock Eastern Sierra: The Mammoth Lakes area includes Convict Lake, Lake Mary, Lake Mamie, Lake George, Upper Twin and Lower Twin. The June Lake area includes Gull Lake, Grant Lake and Silver Lake. Lee Vining includes Lundy Lake and Saddlebag Lake. And the Bridgeport area includes Little Virginia, Bridgeport Reservoir and Upper Twin.
The Hot Creek Hatchery, located near Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern Sierra, is one of the largest hatchery operations in the state and faces possible closure. Reduction or elimination of trout stocking throughout the state will endanger the historic family fishing tradition. The Hot Creek Hatchery Foundation is a charitable, non-profit public benefit corporation that is charged with raising funds to maintain and improve the hatchery operations.If the Hot Creek Hatchery closes, it will not only have a devastating impact on the summer economy of Mammoth Lakes and surrounding towns, but all of California, said Tim Alpers, president of the Hot Creek Hatchery Foundation. We anticipate a lot of support for Million Dollar Troutstock, and are hoping that it will become an annual family tradition for all of our participants.Alpers also is responsible for stocking most of the lakes in the Eastern Sierra, including the Mammoth Lakes Basin, with his trophy trout ranging from 2 to 18 pounds.For more information on the Hot Creek Hatchery Foundation, call (760) 934-7334 or visit http://www.hotcreekhatcheryfoundation.org.Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.
Online and mail-in registration is available until 5 p.m. on Aug. 24 at http://www.troutstock.com. Cost for pre-registration is $40. On-site registration, which closes at 8 p.m. on Sept. 1, is $50. Cost is $30 for children 15 and younger. More information on the event and the rules of the competition are available at http://www.troutstock.com.