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What it takes to land a record fish

Bruce Ajari

I often get asked by people about fishing records. Commonly asked questions concern the state record for a certain type of fish, or the record for a certain species within a specific lake.State records are fairly easy to figure out. The California Department of Fish and Game has established records for all species that are caught within the state.To qualify for a state record an angler must follow certain guidelines to see if your fish has set a new record in the State Record Program for California Inland Waters.These include:1. The fish must be legally taken under the provisions of a current, valid California sportfishing license.2. The fish must be examined by an employee of the California Department of Fish and Game.3. The facts regarding the capture must be recorded on a form FG 737 (California Inland Water Angling Record Verification).This form must be signed by a permanent Department of Fish and Game employee. (In signing this form the employee is conditionally certifying the authenticity of the record.)4. Following conditional certification, the new record application must be reviewed and approved by the California Department of Fish and Game Inland Fisheries Division.In the event of any dispute regarding the authenticity of any application for any reason, the determination of the Inland Fisheries Division shall be conclusive.5. Photographs of the fish are strongly recommended but not necessarily required.They do not require that the fish be killed as part of the authentication process. However, the employee signing the form FG 737 should inform the prospective new record holder that in the event of a dispute regarding species, size, or other information related to the legitimacy of the record, the fish may be required for ultimate resolution of the dispute.It is the responsibility of the angler to retain the fish in a condition for possible further examination until the new record has been officially acknowledged.In addition to these guidelines, the angler must have the fish weighed on a certified scale in the presence of at least two other witnesses and a Fish and Game employee.Other information requested includes the fish measurements, type of fishing gear used and other remarks.After following all this, you may be a new state record holder. While not easy, records are made to be broken, and at least of couple of these records have the potential to be broken locally.Let’s take a look at some of the state records of local interest.First the top Rainbow trout, which includes steelhead, is a 27 lb. 4 oz. beauty taken in the Smith River in Del Norte County by a Robert Halley of Crescent City in 1976.The top Golden trout is a 9 lb., 8 oz.. fish taken at Virginia Lake in Fresno County by 0. A. Benefield of Compton in 1952.The top Brown trout of 26 lb. 8 oz. was taken at Upper Twin Lake in Mono County by Danny Stearman of Bakersfield in 1987. The top Cutthroat trout of 3l lb., 8 oz.. was taken in Lake Tahoe in Placer/El Dorado Counties in 1911 by William Pomin.The top Brook trout of 9 lb. 12 oz. was taken at Silver Lake in Mono County in 1932 by Texas Haynes. The top lake trout of 37 lb. 6 oz. was taken at Lake Tahoe in Placer/El Dorado Counties in 1974 by Robert G. Aronsen of South Lake Tahoe.Two other records, Kokanee salmon and the Mountain white fish are also found in our areas. The Kokanee record of 4 lb., l3 oz. was taken from Lake Tahoe in Placer/El Dorado Counties in 1973 by Dick Bournique of South Lake Tahoe.The whitefish record of 1 lb. 8 oz. was taken on the East Fork of the Carson river in Alpine County in 1994 by Holden Brink of Orangevale.Many local fishermen believe that the state Brown trout, Kokanee salmon, and Mountain whitefish records could all be broken locally.Records in specific lakes are most often kept by a business that is on the lake such as a tackle shop. For this reason, local lake records are sometimes less credible than the process for state records. Donner area California Fish and Game Biologist, Russ Wickwire was a great resource for these types of records since he was up here so long.Should you be fortunate enough to land a record catch you now know the procedure to get it documented.Whether you catch a truly large fish or not, enjoying a day of fishing by yourself or with friends should be reward enough.Fishing reportBoca – (38,823 ac. ft) Boca has been fishing fair. Anglers fishing from shore near dam are having some success.Most anglers use nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Boaters are having fair success on Kokanee. Most are using a combination of flashers and a wedding ring or Kokanee Bug with a piece of white corn. Those trolling for trout are using a combination of flashers and a nightcrawlers or minnow imitating lure. Flyfishermen near the inlet should have fair to good action using a variety of nymphs, streamer, and emergers.Donner – Fishing has been fair. Most anglers fishing for rainbows on the west end and near the launch ramp have had some success. Nightcrawlers and Powerbait seem to be the main bait.Trollers using minnow imitating lures have had fair to good success. Kokanee fishing has also been fair to good. Most are trolling Ted’s Bugs, Kokanee Bugs or wedding rings with a piece of white corn behind a flasher.Lake Tahoe – Fishing has been good for mackinaw. Most fish are in the five to seven pound range. A guide is highly recommended if you are fishing for mackinaw for the first time.Toplining and shore fishing is fair. Remember, tributaries to Tahoe opened July 1 and will close again on Sept. 30.Martis Lake – (Martis is restricted to artificial lures with barbless hooks. Zero fish may bagged or possessed) Fishing is fair. Most use nymphs such as the Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Damselfly~fly imitations or the A.P. Small midge patterns have also been good at times. Streamers that imitate small fish, and woolly buggers are also good choices.For surface activity, patterns such as the Quiqley Cripple, Martis Midge, Parachute Adams and Griffith’s Knat are good choices.Little Truckee River – Fishing has been fair to good. Most anglers are using nightcrawlers, Powerbait or salmon eggs at the inlet of Boca Reservoir. Flyfishermen are taking fish on nymphs, emergers and streamers.Prosser – (17,994 ac. ft.) Fishing here has been fair. Bank fishermen are using nightcrawlers or Powerbait.Most trollers are pulling a combination of flashers and nightcrawlers or a minnow imitating lure. Flyfishermen near the inlets have taken a few fish mostly on nymphs and streamers.Stampede -(207,699 ac. ft.) Stampede is fair to good Most shore anglers are taking a few fish. Most use the typical baits, nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Those throwing lures are also having some success.Topliners have fair to good success for Kokanee salmon. With the warm weather the fish are being found in deeper water. Most use a flasher of some sort and a Kokanee bug or wedding ring with a piece of white corn.Truckee River – The release from the dam at Tahoe City is at 336 cubic per second. Fishing has been fair to good on the river between thundershowers.Bait, lures or flies have been successful in the river between Tahoe City and Truckee. In the wild trout section below Truckee fly fishermen are using nymphs such as the caddis larva, prince, birds nest, hares ear, or pheasant tail with good success.For dries, a humpy, elk hair caddis or a parachute adams are hard to beat.Grasshoppers are still abundant and imitations can take some fish during the day. Streamers can be good as well.Other Waters – Frenchman fished fair to good this past week. Jackson Meadows is fishing fair.Milton Reservoir has been fishing fair to good for flyfishermen.Middle Fork of the Feather River & Portola Area – The Middle Fork of the Feather River and many of the smaller streams in the area have been heavily stocked and are fishing fair to good.Sierra Sun E-mail: sun@tahoe.comVisitors Guide | News | Diversions | Marketplace | Weather | CommunityCopyright, tahoe.com. Materials contained within this site maynot be used without permission.About tahoe.com… 


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