San Joaquin River Fishing Derby nears
Hundreds of anglers will converge onto Sycamore Island next weekend for the third annual San Joaquin River Trout and Bass Fishing Derby.
The March 7 derby is free. Anglers 16 and older must have a valid California fishing license.
Online registration is recommended at www.riverparkway.org.
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Onsite registration starts that day at 6 a.m. Anglers can begin casting lines into three competition ponds at 7 a.m.. The derby ends at 11 a.m., with prizes and other awards to follow.
Prizes include passes to three fishing spots along the San Joaquin River, summer camp scholarships and canoe rides. A drawing for a lifetime California fishing license will be held at the end of the event.
Access fees of $9 per car and $5 per trailer are required to enter Sycamore Island Ranch.
California Classic opens March 15
The first half of the California Classic running and cycling races is two weeks away.
The Classic used to combine its half marathon and century ride on one weekend but last year split the two in an attempt to give runners more favorable weather conditions.
This year the half marathon (which includes a two-person relay) and Rock & Run 5K will be March 15. The Century ride is May 16, with mini-metric and metric routes also offered.
A one-day Health and Fitness Expo at Alta Sierra Intermediate School is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 14. It will have health and running-sports vendors, volunteer information and packet pickup for half marathon runners, the two-person relay and the Rock & Run 5K.
The half marathon and 5K races will be in downtown Fresno, starting at Chukchansi Park at Inyo and H streets. The 13.1-mile run will start at 7 a.m. and the 5K at 7:05.
Registration is $75 for the half marathon or $150 for the two-person relay, and $45 for the 5K. Registration for the Century Ride starts at $65.
Trail-care workshop set
Professional trail experts from the Subaru and International Mountain Biking Association Trail Care Crew will be in the San Joaquin Valley next month to host a three-hour trail-building school before performing work on the Pa’san Ridge Trail.
On March 28, the Central California Off-Road Cyclists and the Subaru/IMBA team will host a three-hour classroom session starting at 9 a.m. at the High Sierra Ranger District Office, 29688 Auberry Road in Prather.
After a provided lunch, the group will drive to the San Joaquin River Gorge and work on the Pa’san Ridge Trail until 5 p.m.
All events are free.
A club care presentation is scheduled for March 26, with the time and location to be determined later.
Shaver Lake fishing seminar
When: 6 p.m. Thursday
Where: Herb Bauer Sporting Goods, 6264 N. Blackstone Ave.
Captain Jack Yandell and Dick Nichols will lead a free seminar on fishing at Shaver Lake, updating the stocking program as well as fishing and trolling techniques, lure and bait selection, and fishing depths and locations.
There will be a question-and-answer period, and prizes will be given out throughout the night.
Fly-fishing on the mall
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Peeve’s Public House & Local Market, 1243 Fulton Mall
Experienced anglers will host a free fly-fishing seminar to appeal to first-timers through experts, with a casting pool set up on the mall.
The angling method uses an artificial “fly” to attract fish. It is cast using a specialized fly rod, reel and weighted line. Casting the nearly weightless fly requires significantly different techniques from other forms of fishing.
McKenzie Table Mountain Smith Basin hike
When: 9 a.m. Saturday
Where: Smith Basin at Table Mountain (meet in parking lot off Auberry Road)
Advanced hikers can venture out on the 8-mile round-trip hike to Smith Basin. The Sierra Foothill Conservancy serves as host for a hike with an approximate 1,000-foot climb to the table top, an 800-foot drop into the basin, and the trip back. It lasts about eight hours.
Hikers as always are encouraged to wear appropriate shoes and clothing and to bring water as well as snacks or a lunch.
• On Sunday, the conservancy will host a 6-mile round-trip hike to the summit of Tivy Mountain. It is for advanced hikers, with a 2,000-foot cross-country climb to the summit. The hike will start at 8 a.m. and last about seven hours. Hikers will meeet in the parking area off Elwood Road.