If you're an angler, you're likely having feelings of some sort - maybe envy? - from looking at the photograph at left.
That's longtime sportsman Tom Waters of Tahoe City with a 13-pound, 15-ounce mackinaw trout he pulled out of Lake Tahoe. The catch made him the grand prize winner in last year's Jake's On the Lake Charity Fishing Derby.
If you think you can fish, here's a chance to prove it and possibly win some cash (and braggin' rights) and help a good cause at the same time. The 19th annual derby is this Sunday, with competitive fishing starting an hour before sunrise and ending promptly at noon.
Prizes are substantial: $1,000 to the angler with the biggest mackinaw trout (known as the "great white shark" of Lake Tahoe); $500 for the biggest brown trout; and $250 for the largest rainbow trout. The weigh-in always attracts a crowd on the lawn and deck at Jake's, a lakefront restaurant on the North Shore well-known for its deck dining.
The $50 derby entry fee includes a T-shirt, buffet brunch and raffle. If you're not a contestant, the brunch is $18 for adults, $12 for ages 12 and younger. The derby benefits community charities through the Tahoe City Rotary Club Foundation.
For registration, rules and regulations, tickets and more information: (530) 583-0188 or www.jakestahoe.com. Or show up in person by 5 p.m. Saturday in Tahoe City, at either Jake's (in the Boatworks Mall, 780 N. Lake Tahoe Blvd.) or Pete 'n' Peter's tavern (395 N. Lake Blvd.).
Boat inspection and boat ramp information is at www.tahoeboatinspections.com. The Lake Forest boat launch ramp in Tahoe City (at the Coast Guard Station) will open at 4 a.m. Sunday.