Kids Fishing Derby
When: Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon
Where: Woodward Park
Hosted by the Central Valley Sportsman's Club, this 35th annual event is open to all kids 15 and younger. There is no charge to participate.
Prizes will be awarded in three age divisions to the top three anglers based on fish length. No lures are allowed, but nightcrawlers will be provided. Bring your own tackle.
Yosemite Rivers Fly Shop Annual Spring Party
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 40872 Highway 41, Oakhurst
Help Sierra Fly Fisher celebrate its sixth year of operation -- and the opening of trout season -- with a free barbecue, raffle, casting pond and several professional anglers and fly tiers.
Hikers take on Adventure Pass
Four hikers fed up with paying fees to visit national forests in Southern California have filed a lawsuit seeking to do away with the U.S. Forest Service's Adventure Pass.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported that the suit seeks to apply a 2012 appellate ruling in an Arizona case to the Angeles, Los Padres, San Bernardino and Cleveland national forests. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Forest Service cannot charge for hiking, walking, picnicking, parking or visiting undeveloped areas of national forest land.
U.S. District Court Judge Terry J. Hatter has ordered lawyers for the plaintiffs and the Department of Justice to enter into settlement talks.
Critics say the fee amounts to "double taxation," but forest managers say the fees are essential as federal budgets are slashed.
News & notes
-- Recreational groundfish season opened Wednesday along the Central Coast. Details: dfg.ca.gov/marine/groundfishcentral
-- The road to Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park is projected to open Friday with Tioga Pass slated for a May 11 opening. Other trans-Sierra highways including Sonora Pass are already open. Kaiser Pass Road in the Sierra National Forest is expected to open next week.
-- Highway 180 in Kings Canyon National Park is open all the way to Cedar Grove. There are no services available, however, and day-use visitors are advised to bring their own food and water. Campgrounds on the canyon floor open May 22.
-- The California Fish and Game Commission has approved big game hunting regulations for 2013. Most of the seasons adopted were similar to last year, but there was some reduction in tags in X zones for deer and antelope. For a complete list, check fblinks.com/huntregs.
-- There has been some confusion among local anglers about new regulations for largemouth bass at Millerton Lake. The slot limit no longer applies, so it's back to the standard statewide 12-inch minimum.
-- If you saw Tuesday's front page, then you know Yosemite waterfalls have started to gush. But peak season will be short, so don't put off seeing them.