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Lake Pardee closes for the season

By DAVE HURLEY/WON Staff WriterPublished: Nov 09, 2017

IONE – After 11 years as serving as concessionaire at Pardee Lake and providing excellent service to northern California anglers, the Pardee Lake Recreation Company, Inc. ended their tenure at the lake with the seasonal closing on Nov. 5.

Their contract with the East Bay Municipal Utilities District was replaced by the Rocky Mountain Company out of southern California, which has taken over the contract in a competitive bidding process. The southern California company manages other northern California lakes including Rancho Seco in Sacramento County. The lake will reopen on President’s Day weekend in February 2018, and the traditional opener is an excellent time for shore fishermen working the area around the marina.

During the tenure of the Lake Pardee Recreation Company, the Cooper family oversaw the development of the lake into one of northern California’s most consistent kokanee fisheries along with the development of a state-of-the-art Recreational Vehicle Park requiring the season-long closure of the lake in 2016.

The Lake Pardee Recreation Company left the lake loaded with rainbow trout for the upcoming season with over 65,000 pounds of trout from a joint venture with the Mokelumne River Hatchery along with additional late season plants from the Calaveras Trout Farm.

Robbie Dunham of Team Koke Machine Guide Service was on the lake during the final Friday, and he caught and released 17 rainbows running Speedy Shiners coated with scent up the river arm. Dunham will be guiding for kokanee and rainbow trout on the lake upon it’s reopening.

The Lake Pardee Recreation Company closed by saying, “We have loved our time here as the concessionaire. Our customers have been like our family and the memories and friendships we have made over the years are very special to us.Thank you to everyone for your patronage and friendship!”

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