By Charles James
July 1 was a free fishing day in California and dozens of anglers, young and old took advantage of it at the Big Pine Fishing Derby which was held on Saturday, July 1.
Anglers registered in the parking lot of Country Kitchen Restaurant starting at 6:30 a.m. before scattering around the county to catch (hopefully) a prize-winning trout. Those that didn’t pass out from the high triple-digit temperature during the day returned to the restaurant at 3:30 p.m. for the closing event, which featured lots and lots of prizes.
Cash prizes for the Biggest Trout and Largest Total ranged from $50 up to $200 for Adults and Juniors. The event was capped with a $600 Blind Bogey won by Mike Piper of Keeler, who also won Third Place Largest Total.
The event was sponsored by the Big Pine American Legion Glacier Post 457 and the County of Inyo through its Community Grants Program.