Trout plants to continue on Truckee-area waters andamp;#8212; just in time for free fishing day |

Trout plants to continue on Truckee-area waters andamp;#8212; just in time for free fishing day

This Saturday, the Fourth of July, is a andamp;#8220;Free Fishing Day,andamp;#8221; with no fishing license required. The second of these days will be Sept. 7.The Department of Fish and Game has been hard at work getting the Environmental Impact Reports finished to allow trout planting at many of the most popular fishing areas in the Sierra, including many bodies of water in the Truckee area. These reports have been mandated by out-of-state environmental groups who instigated a lawsuit to halt the planting of trout until environmental reviews were performed on the waters of the state.In the past couple of weeks, Boca, Stampede and Prosser reservoirs as well as Donner Lake have been studied and pronounced OK to plant trout. Stampede was planted last Friday and the other three lakes will be on the schedule for this week. Kudos to the DFandamp;G for getting this set up in time for the holiday and the free fishing day.The current heat wave is having an affect on many of our lakes. Prior to the heat we had almost a month of rain and clouds in the high country that kept the water temps moderate. During this extended spring the fish were scattered because they were comfortable in the temps throughout the lakes. As the surface waters warm up, look for the lakes to become stratified. The fish will be driven down in search of cooler temps. The good news is that warm weather concentrates the fish into their preferred temperature zones.andamp;#8212; Denis Peirce writes a weekly fishing column for The Union, the Sierra Sunandamp;#8217;s sister paper in Grass Valley.

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