Get out of the city for a weekend and start your fishing season! Diaz Derby will be enhanced by Alper’s fish to 6 pounds!
LONE PINE — Anglers who don’t object to a little “chilly" weather and are looking for a diversion from the urban angling scene will be kicking off the high country trout scene March 3.
Waters from Independence Creek south to Cottonwood Creek on the west side of Hwy. 395 will be the target with stocked DFG catchables with Alpers rainbows on the agenda for Diaz Lake, a short distance south of Lone Pine
Sand Traps on Lone Pine and Georges creeks, oversized ponds adjacent to the DWP aqueduct, will also be on the stocking agenda and are popular locations for stringing a limit.
“We’re hitting all the accessible waters from Independence Creek south along and Diaz Lake," said Fish Springs DFG Hatchery Manager Matt Norris. “Look for rainbows running around the ½- to ¾-pound range.”
Capping off the “early opener” will be the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce annual derby based at Diaz Lake. In addition to being primed with DFG stockers, the chamber is funding a plant of Alpers rainbows running up to the 6-pound mark.
Prizes are given for several categories including a blind bogey and heaviest stringers, for kids to seniors. This years blind bogey winner will take home $800. In addition tagged Alpers will be good for $25 to $250. Catches from area streams included in the opener along with Diaz Lake can qualify as derby entrants.
Camping facilities ranging from tents to motor homes are available at the lake with additional camping on Lone Pine and Independence creeks. In terms of visiting over a long weekend, Lone Pine has a great visitor’s atmosphere. There are several nice hotels in town, boutique restaurants, a golf course, the Mt. Whitney Visitor’s Center, the historic Mt. Whitney hatchery, and the film museum. Late-winter Owens Valley weather conditions can change overnight ranging from shirtsleeve to down parka. It’s better to have too much cold weather gear than not enough.
For information contact the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce, (760) 876-4444, www.lonepinechamber.com; Lone Pine Sporting Goods, (760) 876-5365. High Sierra Outfitters, (760) 8769994; Gardners Home and Sport Center, (760) 876-4208; Diaz Lake Campground, (760) 876-5656.
THE LONE PINE CREEK Sand trap is a consistent producer for Southern Sierra opener anglers. The water will be primed with DFG stockers and is an ideal location for younger anglers.