Northern CA Freshwater Fishing Report

Shaver Lake season-long trout derby will begin on April 15

By RON WILSON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Apr 12, 2012

SHAVER LAKE — The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project will be sponsoring the Shaver Lake season-long trout derby, which will run from April 15 to Aug. 15. Shaver Lake Sports and Young's Sporting Goods, both in Shaver, will be the official weigh in centers.

The winner will be the guest of the SLTTP at its annual Sportsmen's Dinner on Aug. 18 at the Shaver Lake Community Center. Last year’s event was a quick sellout, so anglers should get entry forms as soon as possible. This year’s tickets will go on sale on a first-come, first-served basis at the Shaver Lake Sports the day after Memorial Day. Your contact person is Debby Dixon, the SLTTP secretary.

Currently, trollers are experiencing some drift material hanging up on their lines in some areas, but this problem should clear up shortly. The Lake level is now over 60 percent capacity and rising daily.

There will be more plants as the month progresses, and as of this week, there have been no report of trophy-sized trout planted yet, but by Memorial Day weekend approximately 60,000 trout, including about 4,500 trophy-sized trout will have been planted.

"By the end of summer, the amount will rise to about 80,000 trout planted. In addition, thousands of fingerling rainbow and brown trout have already been introduced to Shaver Lake," said Dick Nichols of Dick’s Fishing Charters.

Check the Sierra Marina web cam at for county ramp and lake conditions, and see the special section on Shaver Lake in the April 13 edition of Western Outdoor News.

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