California fishing season opening day is Saturday, and Mono County officials are expecing an accompanying increase in boaters.
"With the large number of boaters anticipated to be on the waterways of Mono County, the Mono County Sheriff's Department would like to remind boaters, float tubers, etc to think safety while enjoying their fishing activities," spokeswoman Jennifer Hansen said. "The Mono County Sheriff's Office continues to operate our Boating Law Enforcement Program under grant funding from the State of California."
The department operates patrol boats across all the major waterways throughout the county.
"Please remember to use caution and common sense when operating any type of watercraft for your safety and for the safety of those around you," she said.
She warned people to be prepared for changing weather conditions along with hazardous conditions on Sierra lakes.
"Even though our winter is not what most would've called heavy, some lakes are softening up due to the recent warm weather. Be aware and use caution around any lakes that still may be covered with ice as they may be dangerous to walk on. Anytime you are exploring our beautiful county, make sure someone knows where you are headed and be prepared for rain, snow, freezing temperatures, or that perfect blue bird sunny day."