What could be better for both serious anglers and recreational fishermen than trout season opening day at their favorite local lake? Three opening days at five lakes throughout San Bernardino County!
The season begins October 25 at Mojave Narrows in Victorville, Yucaipa Regional Park , and Prado Regional Park in Chino. Cucamonga Guasti Regional Park in Ontario will kick off their season on October 26 followed by Glen Helen in Devore on November 1. Hundreds of anglers and their families are expected to visit the lakes for some fishing fun..
To sweeten the deal, all lakes will be stocked with Ruby Reds and Nebraska tailwalker Rainbow Trout – big fish with a lot of fight.
According to Chaulk Mound Trout Ranch in Bridgeport, Nebraska, where the tailwalkers are bred, these fish are “triploid Kamloop Rainbow Trout.” Triploid means they are sterile and do not produce eggs, and therefore the energy that is usually spent on reproduction is instead used to build up muscle and allows them to grow faster than other varieties of Rainbow Trout.
The special fish get the name “tail walker” from their own unique “dance” when they are reeled in. According to the breeder’s website, these big fish “give a fight while being reeled in, giving the angler an adrenaline rush never experienced with a Rainbow Trout.”
“We staggered the openings at the parks so our loyal anglers don’t have to choose only one lake for opening day, but have the opportunity to fish several fully-stocked lakes at the start to what promises to be a great season,” said Keith Lee, San Bernardino County Regional Parks’ Director.
The County will begin stocking the lakes before the season openers and will continue weekly through April 2014. Multiple fishing workshops and derbies will also be held
On November 1, Glen Helen will host its first cosmic fishing event for nighttime glow-in-the-dark fishing fun. So come out and get your glow on from 3 to 9 pm. There will be giveaways and more at the event.
Regional parks open at 7:30 a.m. Entrance is $8 per vehicle weekdays, $10 weekends; a fishing permit is $8 per person for all ages. California state fishing regulations apply and a state fishing license must be obtained before visiting the parks. No state licenses are sold at the parks.
For more information about the trout season openers, fishing in general at San Bernardino County Parks, or about the upcoming derbies and workshops, visitwww.sbcountyparks.org or call (909) 38-PARKS.