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Topaz Lodge annual Fishing Derby begins

by Carolyn Purkiss

The Topaz Lodge Annual Fishing Derby begins Sunday through April 9 at Topaz Lake and is open to anyone (21 or older) with a valid fishing license. The promotion applies to all strains of trout caught in Topaz Lake, located in the southern end of Douglas County at the border of California and Nevada on Highway 395. The Nevada Fish & Game regulations covering daily limits will apply.

Fishing season in Topaz Lake is Sunday through Sept. 30, one hour before sunrise to two hours after sunset, except for the area within the jetties of Topaz Marina, which is closed to fishing. Limit is five trout, 10 mountain whitefish and 15 warm water game fish of which not more than five may be black bass.

Tagged trout worth $50, $100, $250, $500 and $1,000 are just waiting to be caught. If you do catch a tagged trout, bring it to the Topaz Lodge General Store for verification by a Topaz Lodge official. You will receive $50 to $1,000 instantly. Weekly winners will receive a cash prize of $50 for the largest trout that weighs at least 2 pounds. Weigh in at Topaz Lodge General Store from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The week will start Monday morning and end Sunday evening. Information, call 266-3338.

Topaz Lake is a great place to enjoy boating and fishing. Boating safety updates for 2006 from the Nevada Department of Wildlife recommend all boaters wear a life jacket but if a boater chooses not to, the updated law now requires that all life jackets be “readily accessible,” meaning they must be within reach of occupants, sized appropriately and be ready immediately if needed.

Boats 26 feet and longer now must carry 30 feet of line attached to the throwable personal flotation device. Boats 40 feet or longer must carry two of the devices one forward and one aft. Children under 12 must wear a life jacket whenever the boat is moving.

Required safety equipment includes: Coast Guard approved life jackets correctly sized for each person on board; appropriate type IV Flotation Device; fire extinguisher; muffling device; water ski and dive flags; navigation lights; anchor; and a horn, whistle or other sound-producing device. Although not required, signal flares and flags are recommended.

In Nevada, boat operators are required to take a boating education course before operating a motorboat on some Nevada waters. Boaters born on or after January 1, 1983, must take a boating safety course before operating a motorboat of 15 horsepower or more on Nevada’s interstate waters, including Lake Mead, Lake Mojave, the Colorado River, Lake Tahoe and Topaz Lake.

Information for this column is from the Topaz Lodge 2006 Fishing Derby pamphlet available at Topaz Lodge and General Store. Boating information is from the Nevada Department of Wildlife pamphlet, “Boating safety tips and changes for the 2006 boating season”.

n Med-Direct Urgent Care, 1550 S. Highway 395, 266-3003 in Holbrook Junction, will open Jan. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Services include walk-in patients, appointments for family care, minor injuries, colds, illnesses, school and sport physicals and exams. A physician’s assistant will be on duty and in phone contact with a physician. There will be an open house at the new facility on Jan. 8 from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m.

n The Douglas County Public Library is having a paperback book sale in the front lobby of the Minden branch. All paperbacks will be on sale from Jan. 6 through Jan. 20. Large and small paperback books will cost 50 cents each. Mysteries, romances and other genres will also be on sale. The Minden branch of the library is located at 1625 Library Lane. For more information call 782-9841.

n Carolyn Purkiss can be reached at 266-9482 or by e-mail at k6dug1@juno.com