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Small San Diegans conquer Sierra lakes

Taxidermy included in prize

Silas Stoll: “I beat all y’all.”
Silas Stoll: “I beat all y’all.”

Two San Diego kids slaughtered hundreds of anglers at the April 28 opening of the Eastern Sierra trout season.

Ken Harrison with three-pound, one-ounce rainbow

At June Lake’s Monster Trout contest, El Cajon’s Silas Stoll, age 7, took the overall grand prize for the largest fish for the four-lake contest, beating out adult entries.

The Blossom Valley Elementary School student landed the five-pound, nine-ounce rainbow trout on rainbow power bait at the Silver Lake campground shoreline. Stoll has been attending the opener since birth.

Acknowledging that a seven-year-old beat adult anglers from throughout the Southwest, tournament coordinator Jeremy Ross told Stoll it was okay to brag to crowd of 200.

“I beat all y’all,” Stoll shouted to applause. His mom said she was shocked when she saw the fish. “How could he reel that in? He could barely lift it.”

As part of his prize package, Stoll will get his big fish taken to a local taxidermist. As tradition for the contest, Stoll returns next year to claim his mount in front of the 2019 trout opener crowd.

San Marcos’ 13-year old Max Degenoya took the top honors for the largest fish from Gull Lake. The Double Peak Middle School student landed a four-pound, 4.3-ounce trout using garlic power bait. Degenoya has been attending the opener since birth.

Footnote: I caught a fish I’ve been chasing for 56 years; a three-pound, one-ounce rainbow on an inflated night crawler from The Point at Silver Lake. The last time I caught an Eastern Sierra trout over three pounds was as a kid in 1962.

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Silas Stoll: “I beat all y’all.”
Silas Stoll: “I beat all y’all.”

Two San Diego kids slaughtered hundreds of anglers at the April 28 opening of the Eastern Sierra trout season.

Ken Harrison with three-pound, one-ounce rainbow

At June Lake’s Monster Trout contest, El Cajon’s Silas Stoll, age 7, took the overall grand prize for the largest fish for the four-lake contest, beating out adult entries.

The Blossom Valley Elementary School student landed the five-pound, nine-ounce rainbow trout on rainbow power bait at the Silver Lake campground shoreline. Stoll has been attending the opener since birth.

Acknowledging that a seven-year-old beat adult anglers from throughout the Southwest, tournament coordinator Jeremy Ross told Stoll it was okay to brag to crowd of 200.

“I beat all y’all,” Stoll shouted to applause. His mom said she was shocked when she saw the fish. “How could he reel that in? He could barely lift it.”

As part of his prize package, Stoll will get his big fish taken to a local taxidermist. As tradition for the contest, Stoll returns next year to claim his mount in front of the 2019 trout opener crowd.

San Marcos’ 13-year old Max Degenoya took the top honors for the largest fish from Gull Lake. The Double Peak Middle School student landed a four-pound, 4.3-ounce trout using garlic power bait. Degenoya has been attending the opener since birth.

Footnote: I caught a fish I’ve been chasing for 56 years; a three-pound, one-ounce rainbow on an inflated night crawler from The Point at Silver Lake. The last time I caught an Eastern Sierra trout over three pounds was as a kid in 1962.

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