Cheating will not be tolerated . The Kids Striper and Catfish Derby also runs at the same time . The kids derby is sponsored by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District ( SMUD ) with additional prizes donated by Waldie & Associates Real Estate and The CSBA Isleton Chapter . Kids derby tickets are $ 10 . The 1st- 50 ticket holders will receive an official Rio Vista Bass Derby kids hat . Each angler must be 15 years of age or younger and can weigh-in striped bass or catfish . The striped bass must be a minimum legal size of 18 ” and not over 24 ”. Winning fish to be closest to 24 ”. Catfish can be any size with the top weight and length being the
Alpine , Spicer and Union Lakes reopen to fishing as most forest closures lifted
VALLEJO - The US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region reopened most of its National Forests in California on Wednesday , Sept . 15 , two days before the original end date of Sept . 17 . The rescinding of the regional closure order announced in late August includes lakes and streams in the Ebbetts Pass Region , such as Alpine Lake , Spicer Reservoir , Union Reservoir and the North Fork of the Stanislaus River . The Forest Service cited a number of factors for the ending of the regional closures , led by the anticipated increase of firefighting resource availability to California due to fire danger lessening in other areas of the country . The agency also cited “ regional weather systems and related climate zones becoming more variable as the seasons change , leading to less uniform conditions across California .” More than 7,404 wildfires have burned over 2.25 million acres across all jurisdictions in California . Forest-wide closures will remain in place and be extended until midnight on September 22 on the Los Padres , Angeles , San Bernardino , and Cleveland National Forests in Southern California “ due to local weather and fire factors , as well as a temporary strain on firefighting resources supporting large fires in other areas of the state .” In addition , some National Forest System lands throughout the state will be closed under local closure orders in areas of ongoing wildfires to ensure public safety , including the Eldorado National Forest that is closed until Sept . 30 . Fire restrictions also remain in place across all National Forests in California to prevent new fire starts . “ We are constantly evaluating weather and fire conditions in California , as well as regional and national firefighting resources available to us so that we can ensure the safety of the public and our firefighters ,” said Regional Forester Jennifer Eberlien . Information : https :// www . fs . usda . gov / main / r5 / about-region / offices Although the Stanislaus National
winner . All other Rio Vista Derby rules and regulations apply . All entries must be caught by the child angler . Adults may not catch the entry and have a child turn it in . Prizes will be a $ 50 gift certificate for the 1st place winners in each of the two categories ( striped bass and catfish ) and we are planning for up to 15 or more placements . Some of the rules have changed over the years . For instance , we accept fish caught from Sacramento to the Bay in the Sacramento River . This rule was changed from fishing in the Rio Vista area only so that the one specific area of the river is not completely fished out . Contestants can bank fish or fish from a boat . Fish must be caught out of the river after the start of the derby on Oct 8th at 6:00 am . We hope to announce more
Forest and other forests reopened two days earlier , you wouldn ’ t know that , judging by the scant fishing pressure in the Highway 4 corridor on Friday . “ I drove up to Spicer on Friday and saw only two vehicles and no bank fishermen there ,” said Dan Liechty at Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods in Arnold . The ramp is out of the water , but anglers are able to drive down to the lake edge and launch kayaks or float tubes . Alpine Lake trout fishing is decent , “ Fly fishermen in float tubes report catching some
placements for salmon and sturgeon as they become available in the next month . If you wish to donate , call Stacia Olson at ( 916 ) 716-4997 for more info . Visit www . bassfestival . com to purchase derby tickets , view the 2021 Official Bass Derby Rules & Regulations , and find a list of bait shops selling tickets . Tickets are also available for purchase in person at the Rio Vista Visitor Center at 33 N . Second St , Rio Vista , and various local bait shops within a 100-mile radius . Tickets will not be sold past the Oct 8 , @ 5:30 am deadline . If you wish to donate prizes , call Stacia Olson at ( 916 ) 716-4997 for more info . Every year , those who run the derby and our contestants hang on the words of the fishing and weather forecast hoping for the
Scenic Union Reservoir , along with other lakes in the Ebbetts Pass region , is again open for trout fishing and other recreational activities now that the temporary National Forest closure has been lifted .
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4016 perfect conditions . Over the years , the derby has had its fair share of drought , heat , wind , smoke , cold water , and hot water , but in the end our contestants always manage to bring in great fish . We can only hope for the perfect water temperature , not too hot and not too cold- just right , so the striped bass and sturgeon bite and the salmon swim upriver on Oct 8 , 9 , & 10 ! For additional information , please visit www . bassfestival . com or call the Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce at 707-374-2700 .
rainbows on sparrow nymphs , as wells as Wooly Buggers , Prince Nymphs and Parachute Adams . Most of the fish are in the 9 to 14 inch range ,” said Liechty , a fly fishing guide . Union Reservoir is also open for anglers wanting to target holdover rainbows , Leichty didn ’ t see any anglers fishing at Union on his trip there on Friday , The North Fork of the Stanislaus River is a solid prospect for rainbow and brown trout , now that the Sourgrass and Big Trees access areas are again open . Anglers should toss out spinners , flies and nightcrawlers for the trout . Information : ( 209 ) 795-1686 . In the Highway 88 / Carson Pass corridor , Caples Lake and Silver lakes are currently closed through September 30 , since they are located in the El Dorado National Forest . Bear River Lake Resort is open until October 17 , but the forest is closed through September 30 . Information : ( 209 ) 295-4868 .
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