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Potential consolidation concerns Tahoe parents

The departure of the principals of both Douglas County’s Lake Tahoe schools raised parents’ concerns about the future of education.

More than 100 parents packed a meeting on Monday night in preparation for Tuesday’s school board meeting.

Whittell Principal Crespin Esquival and Zephyr Cove principal Nancy Cauley are both leaving after this school year.

Lake Tahoe parents are concerned that means the district might consolidate the two schools into one building. Whittell already serves grades seven through 12.

Stateline resident Meagan Kelly said her 4-year-old triplets would be going to Zephyr Cove in the near future.

She told school board trustees she was concerned about declining enrollment at the schools.

Many parents said that they believe Douglas is losing students to South Lake Tahoe, where more services are available.

“People with older kids than mine have said this same issue has been brought up for the last decade, with little action by the district to understand why people are leaving for California schools,” Kelly said.

School Board trustee Tom Moore apologized that the Lake parents didn’t receive better information about what’s happening.

“There are no decisions being made,” he said.

He said that with the potential budget issues facing the district it might be time to look at how the schools are function.

“I think we need to develop a plan that must include community involvement,” Moore said. “Whatever discussions about what happens at the Lake must happen at the Lake.”

Board trustee Keith Bryer said enrollment numbers were down 20 percent at Zephyr Cove and 14 percent at Whittell.

“There is a common perception that this is a demographic issue,” he said. “I don’t believe the decline is entirely down to demographics.”

He asked board members to consider giving the schools a year to see if they can turn around enrollment.

“If we consolidate our schools at the Lake, we’ll lose another half of our population,” he said. “We got into a vicious cycle where the fewer kids we had, the less we offered, and the fewer kids we have.”

A message that sinks into our hearts

There is a wonderful and powerful worship song with that title that we sing quite often. I think many times we sing songs and fail to let the words and the message sink into our hearts. The song goes like this.

The splendor of the King, clothed in majesty.

Let all the earth rejoice, all the earth rejoice.

He wraps Himself in light, and darkness tries to hide.

And trembles at His voice, and trembles at His voice

Chorus:

How great is our God, sing with me

How great is our God, and all will see how great

How great is our God.

Age to age He stands, and time is in His hands

Beginning and the End, Beginning and the End..

The Godhead three in one Father, Spirit, Son

The Lion and the Lamb, the Lion and the Lamb

Bridge:

Name above all names, worthy of all praise

My heart will sing how great is our God.

When it comes to how great God is, we find ourselves unable to explain or understand that greatness. Job 9: 8 He alone spreads out the heavens,

And treads on the waves of the sea;

9 He made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades,

And the chambers of the south;

10 He does great things past finding out,

Yes, wonders without number.

We have glimpses of His greatness when we ponder the creation, the vastness of the universe and the minute detail of a small flower. We have such a limited capacity to grasp the majesty of His person, yet He said He has revealed Himself to those who are willing to see through the creation itself. Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,

I find it extremely interesting that the more we discover the more we understand we haven’t scratched the surface on all there is to know. Someone said several years ago something like everything that can be invented has already been invented. What an inaccurate and short sighted statement. I think it would be hard to find anyone who would make a statement like that today. To believe that God exist takes faith, but to believe that He doesn’t exist takes more faith. Unless everything that can be known is known, a person cannot declare that God does not exist. To those who believe we have a promise. Heb 11: 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.

3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

The promise is that if we believe He exists and we seek Him, He will reward us. Let us seek Him like the song declares and marvel at His greatness.

Pastor Leo Kruger of Valley Christian Fellowship is a member of Carson Valley Ministers’ Association.

Turlock man in custody on 2014 thefts

A Turlock, Calif., man, who is accused of a rash of 2014 thefts, is in Douglas County custody.

Thomas Paul Reed IV, 35, appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Wednesday and ordered held in lieu of $25,000 bail on two counts of possession of stolen property and possession of stolen motor vehicles.

Reed faces a May 29 hearing in justice court.

The charges stem from a trailer filled with stolen goods found in a downtown Gardnerville parking lot in November 2014.

Inside were items determined to have been stolen over the previous months, including a Suzuki motorcycle.

According to court documents, Reed said he moved to Carson Valley from Turlock to escape his criminal life.

He is also accused of walking out of a Topsy Way shoe store with a $90 set of sneakers in January 2014 and making off with a television set from a South Lake Tahoe motel.

While he was working for a Gardnerville mechanic, Reed stole a stereo and speakers out of a vehicle he was supposed to be working on.

He left town as Douglas investigators were closing in on him. A warrant for his arrest was issued in March 2015.

Reed has been in the news since then, with an arrest for possession of a stolen vehicle in Turlock in April 2015. He was again arrested in an alleged assault on his 17-year-old girlfriend in September 2018.

Five Guys Burgers is gone, but a man who burglarized the business while he was working there is back in jail on a probation violation.

Charles D. Muscott, 39, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon in Carson City on a $5,000 warrant for failure to appear.

Muscott received a suspended 40-month prison sentence in November 2017. He was caught on video trying to open the safe and then taking a wallet from a purse hanging inside the restaurant in March 2017. As part of his sentence, he was supposed to seek treatment for his drug dependency.

A man who is facing charges in connection with a fiery August 2018 motor home pursuit is scheduled to appear in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday.

Christopher Debastiani, 43, was transferred back to Douglas County custody on a warrant issued to ensure he would be present for an update on his impending trial on three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and eluding in connection with the chase.

An 18-year-old Douglas High School senior was taken into custody on Wednesday after deputies found her and friends allegedly smoking marijuana behind the Maverik.

The Gardnerville woman was arrested around noon, according to the sheriff’s office.

She is facing a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

While marijuana is legal in Nevada, it isn’t legal for those under the age of 21 or to consume it in public.

School board waits for other budget shoe to drop

Despite not knowing quite what their revenues are going to be, Douglas County School Board trustees approved a $90.8 million budget on Tuesday.

“We still don’t have an answer on what the Legislature is going to fund the old Nevada plan at,” Superintendent Teri White said. “We don’t know if our per pupil allocation is going up or staying the same. If it goes up, we will amend our budget and that will be a good thing for two years.”

State law requires that local governmental entities, including the school district, approve their budgets in May. Meanwhile the Nevada Legislature rarely completes its budget work before the session ends in June.

The school district receives money from the state based on the number of students enrolled.

According to the budget, this year’s weighted enrollment was 6,696, down from 2018.

However, district officials are estimating next year’s school enrollment will climb slightly to 5,707 students.

The district expected to receive $5,933 per student bringing its basic state support to $33.8 million.

The state share is reduced by the local school support tax and property tax raised in Douglas County, so the district would receive. $9.7 million from the state, depending on what the Legislature decides in the coming weeks.

The 85-cent per $100 assessed valuation the district receives in property tax amounts to $25.4 million, which helps support the $63.5 million general fund.

But looming on the horizon is the New Nevada Education Funding Plan that would provide school districts with $1,200 a student for improving special education, English learners and poorer students.

White said funding that plan could blow an $8 million hole in the budget in 2021-22 when it goes into place.

“With the new plan, we don’t know anything,” she said. “They’re taking our local money and sweeping it into a state account and redistributing it across the state, and that’s where the $8 million number comes from.”

White said the proposal is to run the two plans simultaneously.

She said the district didn’t budget for the governor’s promised 3-percent increase, since they have no idea whether that will come to pass.

Plans are also before the Legislature to shift marijuana money that had been going to the state’s rainy day fund to education.

Census less than a year away

Census estimates showed Clark County added the equivalent of Douglas County’s population between 2017 and 2018.

Estimates released on Thursday show Douglas had 48,467 people on July 1, 2018, up from 48,018 in 2017 and 46,997 in 2010.

The number of new residents to the county that is home to Las Vegas and Henderson increased by 48,337 from 2017 to 2018, to 2.23 million people.

The Census is conducted every 10 years and is used to apportion representation and funding throughout the United States.

But in between Census reports, the Nevada Demographer’s numbers are used by the Legislature to determine where certain laws apply.

Census Partnership Specialist Kimberly Burgess made a presentation to county commissioners encouraging participation in the April 1, 2020, Census.

“The goal of the Decennial Census is to count everyone once, only once and in the right place,” she said.

Burgess told commissioners that the Census is crucial for determining the allocation of $675 billion in federal funds as well as determining representation in Congress.

The state has formed a complete count committee, and Burgess urged the formation of similar, local, committees to ensure everyone in Douglas County is counted.

Different in next year’s Census will be self responses online and over the phone, starting March 23, 2020.

She said rural, disabled and tribal communities are typically the most difficult to count.

Some of that is due to lack of trust in the Census, which she said does not release any personal information to any other government entity, including law enforcement.

Monitor Pass reopens for 3-day weekend

Monitor Pass between Topaz and Markleeville reopened on Friday morning, while Highway 4 between Raymond Meadows and Alpine Lake remained closed.

Highway 89 had been cleared and opened on May 16, but last week’s late-season snowfall closed the pass once again until Friday morning, according to the California Department of Transportation.

The pass could be closed again depending on weather.

CalTrans spokesperson Rick Estrada said he could not predict an opening date for Highway 4, the lone thoroughfare between Markleeville and Bear Valley. He said that even when all of the snow is removed from the roadway, it will take some time for Caltrans to assess damage and requisite repairs.

To the south, Tioga and Sonora passes also remain closed

Estrada recommends travelers view quickmaps.dot.ca.gov before mountain travel for the latest road conditions.

■ After a slow start to the fishing season, the bite in Alpine County should be improved this weekend following a 1,800-pound Alpine County Chamber of Commerce-sponsored plant of trout on Tuesday.

Todd Sodaro of the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission said the trout – originally scheduled to be planted before the California fishing opening day on April 27 – have finally been evenly distributed into the East and West Carson rivers and Markleeville and Silver creeks. The size of the trout range from about 10 inches in length to more than 4.5 pounds.

Sodaro said the delay in the trout plant was caused by high water and safety concerns. He said recent condition on the county’s waters would have swept most of the planted trout downstream into Nevada.

Sodaro also said 1,800 pounds of trout were stocked last week into Indian Creek Reservoir. Those fish were planted in conjunction with the Alpine County Kid’s Fishing Day. About 30-40 children attended the fishing day and they caught about 50 fish total. The planted fish ranged from nine inches to about 4.5 pounds.

With the trout plant concluded, Teresa Burkhauser of the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce said the “Come Get Hooked In Alpine County” fishing promotion is ongoing through Sunday. The promotion was originally set for April 27-28.

Eleven trout from Tuesday’s stocking are tagged on their dorsal fin with a marker that resembles a clothing tag fastener. The top tagged fish – weighing more than 5 pounds – is worth $75. There are also other cash, bait and tackle prizes provided by local sponsors. All tags must be taken to the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce Office, 3 Webster St., by 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Angler who don’t land a tagged trout can still get lucky and win prizes in the chamber’s free raffle. Drawings will be held at noon and 2 p.m. through the weekend. Many prizes have been donated by local merchants, including gift baskets and gift cards.

■ The Stonefly Restaurant in Markleeville, 14821 Highway 89, is set to be open 5-9 p.m. today.

Authors turn up for book display

Local authors are the stars. “Friends of the Library,” producers, and library staff direct the show. A dozen tables are pre-set by Librarian Luis Davis and the gala kicks off.

Orllyene and I set up our book display. We are among some “heavy hitter” authors. Fiction is the writing style of choice, but open-mindedness is the mode.

I float from table to table and stop at Jay Crowley’s. (Jay Crowley is the name she writes under.) She tells me she reads my Record-Courier column and is shameless in her praise, and the ice is broken.

Jay knows her craft. I start learning what it takes to weave elements together to keep the reader guessing until the last moment.

“I just want to get people to read,” she claims with desperation, while adding, “it also keeps my brain happy.”

“Ron, did you know there is an actual ship out on the desert between Hawthorn and Fallon?” Jay asks. “All my books take place in Nevada. I find a person or place that catches my attention, do a pack of research, write the story and, somewhere along the way, someone gets bumped off.”

(Jay has three books on Amazon, and Barnes and Noble too). Just before I leave to visit Lin Wilder, another Smith Valley writer, Jay remarks, “I would love to interview Judi Muller, the lady in your last column.”

She is spot on. Judi has volumes to relate. I promise to call Judi, and we part.

Orllyene and I meet so many nice people and have a fabulous afternoon. One touch of whimsy occurs when I’m asked if I can still do the dance jump illustrated on my book’s cover.

“Yes, certainly I can, if you will help me up off the floor after I fall,” I quip.

A week passes. When I come home after giving a dance class, Orllyene hands me a note.

“Jay is having a heart valve replacement. She would like you to give her a call,” she says. I call. Even with so much going on in her life at this moment, Jay asks me to call Judi to tell her of the surgery and to delay their appointment.

“I’m not afraid of dying, Ron,” Jay says. “I’m Irish, plenty mean and ornery, and God isn’t ready for me yet. AND, the devil is afraid I’ll take over down there,” she snaps.

Jay spoke with Orllyene earlier for a considerable amount of time about family and personal matters. Life has brought us all together for a reason. I am certain Jay has many mysteries left to solve.

Ron Walker can be reached at walkover@gmx.com.

Alpine girl ready to tackle the world

The minute an emergency call would come over the scanner, McKinna would hop on her bike and race down to the edge of the intersection. She waited there so she could wave at her mother, a Markleeville volunteer firefighter and EMT, as she drove the engine with sirens blaring to rescue those in need.

McKinna Jackson was only 10 years old when two of her most important passions became very clear. Inspired by her mother who thrives in a male-dominated profession, she has set her sights on becoming a firefighter and paramedic. Graduating from Douglas High School this June, McKinna is poised to step out into the world to achieve her goals and dreams.

On her days off from being a paramedic, she plans to train to be a ferrier. She has always been around horses, and at age 14 took a job at the Deli in Markleeville, saving every cent she made to buy her quarter horse Levi.

She was even younger when she saw the flag carriers at the Reno Rodeo and made the decision that “I’m going to do that one day.” She got her own flag, practiced with it everyday, filled out the application online, and then went to tryouts. This year will be her third at the Rodeo. When she puts her mind to something: it happens. Levi was her horse the first two years, but this year her paint horse Dally will be with her. She works with her horses 3 hours a day, five days a week.

Her Grandmother Maria says of McKinna: “She is a true joy! She tackles her goals and succeeds one hundred percent.” She is currently assistant manager at Alps Haus Cafe in downtown Markleeville, having worked there for over two and a half years. She carries herself with a true calmness, radiating competence while serving delicious food with a true connection to the people who live or visit this mountain hamlet.

Born in Carson City, she was 4 years old when her family built their house in Markleeville. Her childhood was shaped by our small community. It is a different atmosphere living without that many people around you. There are only a small number of children in each grade level in the area so for the most part she was around adults.

She spent most of her time outside sitting by the creek or going down to the swimming hole. McKinna always felt safe since she knew every single person who lived here. Her only fear was of wild animals like mountain lions and bobcats. This made her a keen observer, soaking in everything around her without missing a single detail.

She attended kindergarten through eighth grade at Diamond Valley School. She felt it offered a lot more one on one time between students and instructors because of the small class size. She had a strong connection with her teachers and felt she could talk with them about anything. She liked all the extra skiing and outdoor time that are found naturally in a rural mountain town.

McKinna says that growing up in Alpine makes you mature faster. “You have to: you can’t switch to being friends with a different group if you aren’t able to work things out. Everyone watches over you, and it makes you understand your responsibilities in your own community and in the world much sooner.”

It also takes a lot of extra organizational skills and dedication to live on the outskirts of civilization. There are longer travel times to get to just about everything, and if you forget your homework (for example), there is no easy way to go back and get it.

Since she always had the same classmates throughout elementary school, Douglas was very different and somewhat overwhelming when she first started. Once there, she really applied herself and focused on doing her very best. McKinna said she knew she would have to work really hard, and that is reflected in her 4.0 grade point average.

As president of Jobs for America’s Graduates, McKinna was chosen to represent the organization in Washington DC. The club helps to prepare students for life after high school, where the challenges are many. This is another way of helping people, and that is what truly motivates her.

Her spiritual beliefs are her guiding light, but it is her family that is the most important thing in the world to her. Her highest priority is her loyalty and dedication to her father, mother, grandparents, and brothers. Her oldest brother Mason is a firefighter EMT and brother Cole is a volunteer for Markleeville. McKinna has always participated in the fire department trainings.

In addition to horses, McKinna has two dogs, and helps her grandparents with their sheep and cows. She is a true country girl who looks forward every year to the Rodeo and Night in the Country Music Festival in Yeringoton. She likes weightlifting at the gym, and one of her favorite classes is welding.

With her gorgeous red hair, McKinna is a true Pre-Raphelite beauty. What is even better and makes our Alpine County community so very proud of her, is that her beauty is both inside and out. With people like McKinna who have a deep desire to protect, help, and do good for others, we have no need to fret about the future.

Rummage sale today at St. Teresa of Avila’s

The Women’s Guild and Save the Holy Innocents Group of St. Avila’s holds their first rummage sale this weekend. Hours are 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Collectibles, household items, jewelry, clothes and antiques have been donated (some items are new or nearly new). Come support these clubs and get some bargains at 3000 N. Lompa Lane, Carson City.

June Events Launch Summer Festival at Dangberg Historic Ranch Park

On June 1, at 10 a.m., Wendell Huffman, curator of History at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City, will speak on the history of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad in Carson Valley, and the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. This is a free event.

On June 5, at 6:30 p.m., A Chautauqua ensemble “A Night with Notorious Nevadans,” will include portrayals by members of the Friends of the Nevada State Museum, with Dave Pierson as Abe Curry, first superintendent of the Carson City Mint and first warden of the Nevada Territorial Prison;

Bob Nylen as William Stewart, first U. S. Senator from Nevada and author of the Fifteenth Amendment;

Ron Roberts as Roswell Colcord, seventh governor of Nevada and first Nevada governor to support Women’s Suffrage; and Myron Freedman as John Millain, convicted murderer of Virginia City’s most famous prostitute, Julia Bulette. This event is free to all.

The first concert of the season is on June 6, at 6:30 p.m., and features Lacy J. Dalton, 2017 member of North America Country Music Association International Hall of Fame, performing her country-western hits and more. The ticket price is $15 for 17 years and older, $10 for members and free for 16 years and younger. Seating is limited and the event could sell out. Tickets can be purchased at dangberg.eventbrite.com. The concert is also funded in part by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Please bring your own seating and no pets allowed (service animals only.) Guests are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy as no food or beverages will be sold at these events. The Dangberg ranch house will be open for one hour before the events for anyone who would like an introduction to the Dangberg family history and the park’s artifact collection. Contact Kim Harris at 775-783-9417 or events@dangberghomeranch.org.

Open House and Ribbon Cutting

You’re invited to the Food Closet of Carson Valley Community’s Open House on June 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tour the new facility and help celebrate at 1251 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville. Food, drinks come and learn about volunteer opportunities in your community. Info. call 782-3711 see website thefoodcloset.org.

Contact Anita Kornoff at museummatters1@gmail.com.

Be safe out there this holiday weekend

Hello fellow anglers, this will be a Memorial Day weekend to remember. Pack the jackets and leave the tank tops at home. Make sure you bring plenty of tarps to keep your firewood dry, and don’t forget the umbrella and canopy, this year it won’t be to keep the sun from beating down on us. I talked to one of my friends that told me this year he is storing the fishing pole and getting out his ski poles and headed to Squaw Valley, because they just received two feet of fresh snow. There will be a lot of people out on the roads despite the crazy weather. We just need to slow down and make sure we all make it to our designated camp areas.

CAPLES LAKE: The lake has slush and ice on it and should be clear soon. The resort is trying to open its door for the season, but got another blast of snow last week. Carry chains if you venture up over Carson Pass area. For more information call the Caples Lake Resort at 209-258-8888.

RED LAKE: The lake is thawing and refreezing some nights. But not enough to ice fish. There is still snow around the lake and use caution around the shore while walking close to the shore.

WOODS LAKE: Road still closed.

BLUE LAKES: The road is open to the second gate. Camping is available along the road side in designated areas.

BURNSIDE LAKE, FORESTDALE, SILVER HILL,SCHNEIDER COW CAMP, LOOPE CANYON: The roads are still closed.

WOLF CREEK: The road has recently opened. Use caution and watch for muddy areas.

INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR: Remember that the campground only has pre-reserved spots now. They only have one drop in available in the RV and tent areas. The CDFW planted the lake two weeks ago. Alpine county planted the lake last Sunday with nice catchable rainbows up to two-plus pounds. The weeds are starting to form around the lake. Salmon peach or green powerbait has been most productive. Small spinners have also been productive. For more information, stop by the Creekside Lodge.

WEST CARSON RIVER CALIFORNIA SIDE: The river is raging through the canyon from Sorensons to Woodfords. I would recommend to stay away from that area. Alpine County has planted the river from Blue Lakes road down to just above Sorensons resort. Keep an eye out for a tagged fish. Alpine County Chamber of Commerce has put some tagged fish in the river this year that could be worth cash or prizes.

EAST CARSON ROVER CALIFORNIA SIDE: The river was running a little high, but fishable. Alpine County planted 4,000 pounds of rainbow trout over the last couple weeks. There are a some tagged trout that were put in by the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce that are worth cash or prizes. If you catch a tagged fish, bring it to the Visitor office in Markleeville to see what you will win.

TAYLOR CREEK, TROUT CREEK AND THE UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER: All on the south shore of Lake Tahoe. Closed to fishing until July 1st 2019.

CARSON RIVER NEVADA SIDE: The NDOW planted the river just below and above the Ruenstroth Dam. They also planted near the bridge at Centerville lane.

EAST WALKER NEVADA SIDE: Large browns were planted by NDOW, at and below the elbow. They also planted catchable browns at the Flying M and at Rafter 7 area.

WEST WALKER RIVER NEVADA SIDE: Planted by NDOW with catchable rainbows.

NEVADA PLANTS BY NDOW: Mitch Pond, Baily Pond, Mtn View Pond.

JUNE LAKE AREA: SILVER LAKE: Silver Lake Resort (760)648-7525 The Resort is planning to drop in a load of Oregon Rainbows next week. Andrew, the proprietor, tells me that fishing has slowed since Opener due to those low water temps and fewer anglers. Still, the lake is kicking out nice Rainbows from 2- to 5-pounds mostly on Garlic Pinched Crawlers and Powerbait. Rick from Washington hauled in a 5-9 ‘Bow chucking a woolly bugger out of a float tube. So there are creative ways to improve your catching.

RUSH CREEK: As Andrew put it “Rush is Rushing” so please be cautious. My approach would be tossing Thomas Buoyants or Panther Martins and keep moving. For me waders are a must mainly due to overflowing, marshy areas. If I’m bait fishing going with Salmon Eggs or Nightcrawlers with enough weight to get it down in the flowing water.

GRANT LAKE: Grant Lake Marina and Campground: According to The Good ‘ol Boys that are out there just about every day fishing has improved greatly the past week or so. The water temp is at about 53 so it’s probably the warmest lake in The Loop. They’ve been doing well for some nice Browns dragging lead core at about 30’ to 40’ with Taz Devils and some good surface action trolling Thomas Bouyants and Lip Rippers with spin gear. Dan, Dan the Guide Man (Dan’s Guide Service 661-478-0036) has been killing it since Opener trolling F9 and F11 Rapalas on spin gear in the evenings in the upper section of the lake and along the road side.

JUNE LAKE: Big Rock Resort (760)648-7717: Mike at The Resort says the Cutthroat fishing is picking up as they come in near shore this time of year. One customer got a couple nice ones using black woolly buggers along the south shore. Cutthroat fishing in June Lake had improved year by year throughout the season as the population grows. He also proudly showed me their brand new Tracker pontoon boat as a new addition to “The Fleet.” She’s a ‘beaut Mike! June Lake Marina (760)648-7726: Abby reports that Mother’s Day was a great day of fishing on the lake. All the boats out pretty much limited hitting the shallower north and south shores. Best baits have been Mice Tails and Garlic Power Eggs. Those trolling lures have been doing well near the surface. This all goes back to targeting those warmer shallower spots. She also pointed out their newly outfitted 16’ boats with Bimini tops. I don’t know about you but I’m a big fan of shade. These are the first ones in the neighborhood and may start a trend.

GULL LAKE: Gull Lake Marina (760) 648-7539: “The Home of Monster Trout” produced the biggest trout since opener in The Loop that we know of. Jason from we don’t know where reeled in a 9-pound, 2-ounce fat Rainbow from shore at the park (again, warmer and shallower) with salmon eggs. According to Emma at the Marina fishing has heated up as water temps rise a bit. Best bets are along the campground, the back end at the reeds and along the north shore to the park. I would strongly recommend renting a boat to fish these areas as shore access is limited. Try any of the floating baits or hanging a night crawler off a bubble making sure to keep your baits above the weeds in the shallower areas.

BACK COUNTRY LAKES: Parker and Walker Lakes are accessible. Not sure about Fern and the higher lakes. Have heard that Parker has had some good top water fly action early when the wind is calm. I always do well tossing small lures in the creek for small Brooks and Browns on the way back from the lake. For more information, call “Knot” at Ernie’s Tackle and Ski Shop at 760-548-7756.

Good Luck on your next fishing adventure. If you get a photo of your catch, send it to sports@recordcourier.com. Be safe, warm and be dry this weekend. I will be out dunkin’ many of our local lakes and rivers and I hope to see you on the waters. Good fishin’ and tight lines.