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Bass Lake Fishing Derby: Big Money On The Line

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Organizers of the Bass Lake Fishing Derby are expecting 600-800 anglers this weekend hoping to cash in on two $10,000 prizes.  In all there are 1,002 prizes swimming in the lake right now waiting to be hooked.  The game fish are all trout.  They were dropped in the lake Friday morning.

Last year one of the top prizes was caught near the dam by an 82 year old fisherman from Clovis.  That's the deepest part of the lake roughly 175 feet to the bottom.  Ken Roberts has been fishing in the derby for more than twenty years.  He had a profitable weekend in 2013.  "Last year we won three $100 prizes and five $20 prizes so that's 400 dollars."

Roberts says he uses different lures and night crawlers to catch trout.  Fishing conditions are said to be ideal.  The water is seven to eight feet below normal but people around the docks say the fish have been biting lately.  Every game fish is tagged.  This weekend at Bass Lake Mike Peal says that's the first thing you look for once you hook a trout.  "You start thinking the second that line hits the water.  You're thinking is this the time because you don't know what's gonna come up."

Besides the two 10-thousand dollar grand prizes there's also a $5,000 fish.  150 trout are worth $100 and 849 tagged trout worth $20.  Registration is $25 and the deadline is Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.
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