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Topaz Lake Opens January 1, Fish Derby Set

By Frank Galusha, EasyWriter
 
Fishing season closes on Eagle Lake on December 31 (see www.eaglelakefishing.info for more on that) but a new season opens on January 1 at Topaz Lake in Nevada south of Gardnerville where both Nevada and/or California fishing licenses are usable. Both states plant this lake with trout, including tens of thousands of fingerlings, many of which are devoured by the larger fish for which this lake is famous.
 
January 1 is also the time when the Topaz Lodge and Casino kicks off its annual Trout Derby. The Derby usually lasts until about mid-April and during that time you can catch a trout worth big bucks.
 
This year trout from 1½ pounds on up were purchased from the O’banion’s Aspen Lake Ranch in Wellington, Nevada. Fish were purchased by Topaz Lodge. Cabela’s also so put some trout in, along with the Aspen Lakes Ranch.
 
New rules apply this year but a lucky angler could still catch a trout worth $1,000.
 
First, in years past trout were planted by the Lodge with brightly colored markers that were worth from $50 to as much as $1000. Not all of those fish were caught so any that survived could have put on some weight. None of this year’s planters were tagged; however, any trout caught with a tag from the prior year will be honored. In 2008, over $5000 in prize money was won during the derby by anglers who caught tagged fish. 

Second, if an angler catches a trout of two pounds or bigger, Topaz Lodge will double any slot jackpot up to $999.00 if the jackpot is hit within 24 hours from activation of coupon. You receive the coupon with a two pound and up trout and then must redeem the coupon at the “Club Topaz” players booth in the casino Also, the two largest fish each week win the angler $25 each.
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An eerily awesome photo of fish being planted by Topaz  Lodge & Casino in late 2007 was captured by Diane McEwen, manager of the Lodge's general store. 

In 2008, Larry Myers of Topaz Ranch Estates won a Pelican Pontoon boat and an outboard motor. Cabela's also donated hats, multi-tools, fishing tackle bags and a rechargeable lantern. Sportsman's Warehouse of Reno donated 10 gift cards with a $20.00 value each. Hendrick's bait and tackle donated rod and reel combos. Topaz Lodge gave away fishing shirts and the boat and motor.
 
MyOutdoorBuddy will have more on this program before the New Year and as the Derby contines.
 
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You don't have to catch a trophy fish to win a prize but braggin' rights go to the angler with the biggest fish.
 
Fishing continues after the derby until the trout season ends on the lake on September 1 but Topaz Lake is also a very popular destination year round.
 
In the summer months those who like to water ski or use personal watercraft make this their getaway to enjoy the clean, blue waters and take in great views of the lake and the surrounding Eastern Sierra’s from their rooms.
 
The Casino features a wide-range of gaming options and fine dining and is a popular destination for Monday night football fans, as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinners and parties. 
 
Visitors come from all parts of the California and Nevada, including many who travel up Highway 395 from Southern California and people who take a side trip while visiting nearby Carson City, Reno, Tahoe, and the S.F. Bay Area. Others from Northern California and Nevada set their sights on this lake purely because trophy-size rainbows and browns are pulled from Topaz Lake every year.

For additional information go to www.topazlodge.com


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