Category: Events

Events that you might enjoy attending.

Sunday, check out a free film festival starring the LA River

Check out FoLAR‘s free evening of LA River fun and film at River Fest 2022 on Sunday, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.,https://www.eventbrite.com/e/river-fest-2022-tickets-381235745377?aff=ebdsoporgprofile celebrating LA River’s deep connection to art, environmental justice, community health, and climate adaptation. This open-air festival will be hosted at the scenic LA State Historic Park, bringing together the best of LA’s food truck scene, environmental films (on a 45-foot screen) and booths.

Great Basin Water Justice Summit begins Aug. 3

The general public is invited to join the Owens Valley Indian Water Commission and the Great Basin Water Network via webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time, for the first ever Great Basin Water Justice Summit, a FREE event that is bringing together communities fighting for water justice in the Great Basin. 

The Summit will feature virtual panels and discussions with the organizers as well as representatives from various other groups and entities, including the Keep Long Valley Green Coalition, of which Friends of the Inyo is a leading member, the Sierra Club, Mono Lake Committee, Big Pine Paiute Tribe Environmental Department, Confederated Tribes of the Goshute, Great Basin Resource Watch, and others.

“The Great Basin Water Justice Summit will enable communities and individuals to share information on water and the environment while building relationships to tackle important water, energy, and climate issues together,” said Teri L. Red Owl, Executive Director of the Owens Valley Indian Water Commission. “The collaborative relationships and strategies that emerge from the Summit will help build on the work that is ongoing and evolving. The Owens Valley Indian Water Commission encourages everyone interested in these important topics to attend the summit to learn more, to share, and to get involved.” Friends of the Inyo’s Executive Director, Wendy Schneider, said, “This Water Justice Summit is a very important event. It is high time that the water protectors in Inyo and Mono Counties join forces to push back against water extraction.” The public can register to attend the Summit virtually: tinyurl.com/WaterSummitD1For more information about the Great Basin Water Justice Summit, please refer to the Summit flier above or contact Teri@oviwc.com.

The Great Basin extends through most of Nevada, half of Utah, and sections of Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon and California in the United States, and Baja California in Mexico. According to the Eastern California Museum in Independence, this inland region is one from which water does not flow outward to any ocean. The area is dominated by a series of mountain ranges trending north-south and separated by long, narrow valleys. The Eastern Sierra and the Owens Valley are at the westernmost edge of the Great Basin.  

According to the National Park Service, the terms Great Basin and Great Basin Desert are sometimes used interchangeably. The Great Basin Desert is the only “cold” desert in the United States, where most precipitation falls as snow. Until about 10,000 years ago, water was abundant here as glaciers advanced and retreated in a climate that was cooler than today, and numerous large lakes formed. Then, the weather started getting warmer and many of the lakes within the Great Basin dried up. As glaciers melted, the water seeped into the gravel subsurface and remained protected from evaporation. These reservoirs of groundwater, known as aquifers, remain beneath old lake beds. Aquifers are recharged from surface precipitation, typically snowmelt. In the Great Basin Desert, however, with less than 10 inches of annual precipitation, there is little to no recharge of these aquifers.

Here comes the first annual Trout Rodeo!

Click here to register with iAngler for the Rodeo

Click here for Team Payment of $20.00

Welcome to the first ever Trout Rodeo, which will be Bishop, California on February 26, 2022! This catch and release tournament is a challenge to ALL anglers to see who comes out on top. The event is open to fly and conventional anglers and we have made it easy to be a part of it!

Cost– $25 per person.

Teams – There is an additional fee ($20) if you want to compete in the team category and there will be separate prizes for each team member. To compete as a team, you must designate a Team Leader as all participants need to register individually and the leader will place you on the team. The cost of being a team can be split among the members but cannot be handled within iAngler.

Other Categories – There will be separate categories for fly caught and lure caught along with separate prizes. If you are a licensed guide or lodge/retail owner, you may participate in a separate category for no cost. If you are affiliated with Casting For Recovery and/or Project Healing Waters, there is no charge for you to participate as an individual or as a team. If you are in this category, please contact Graham or Michael for the passcode.

Scoring – All individual anglers MUST register and use the iAngler app (https://www.ianglertournament.com/2022-bishop-trout-rodeo). This app allows you to photograph and record your catch, where it is then sent to the event administrator for scoring. Fish must be measured from the tip of their nose to the fork of their tail and rounded to the next lowest ¼”. All species available (trout, carp and bass) will count towards your total score and must be released. All catches must be photographed with your phone for verification. All flies and lures MUST be a single hook and de-barbed. In the case of lures, replacing your treble hook with a single barbless hook is fine. Foul hooked fish (not mouth hooked) will not be counted. Scores for each individual will be totaled and finalists (1st, 2nd, 3rd) determined.

Team Scoring – total score for the team will be divided by the number of members and that number will determine your place. So teams of ANY SIZE are accepted.

iAngler will “hold” the record of your catch until your phone can get Internet coverage and at that point, will download your catches to the event administrator for scoring. All catches MUST be caught during the designated time of the tournament (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and within the eligible waters as listed below. Your catch is automatically time and location stamped.

Awards and Prizes – There will be three winners in each category (fly, gear, fly team, gear team, non-profits). Each winner will be awarded raffle tickets to be used in the giant raffle of goods following the event. Award levels are listed below. Any participant in the Tournament can buy additional ticket through our on-line portals

1st place individual – 100 tix1st place team – 50 tix each
2nd place individual – 50 tix2nd place team – 20 tix each
3rd place individual – 20 tix3rd place team – 10 tix each

Additional raffle tickets may be purchased at the event

$1.00 – 1 ticket
$5.00 – 6 tickets
$20.00 – 30 tickets
$50.00 – 100 tickets

Hours of event
7 a.m. – 8 a.m. – Registration happens when you sign in with the iAngler app. But we are asking everyone to meet at the Tri-County Fairgrounds parking lot for a quick Q&A (if you have any) and to wish everyone luck. if you have any questions ahead of or during the event, we will be available by phone. Michael Schweit 818.6019702, Graham Day 562.2219340. You MUST be signed into iAngler before the start time of 9 a.m. so please plan accordingly. Before the event, you will need to download and install iAngler. Once you are signed in to the event, you are responsible for taking photographs and measurements.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – head out and fish your favorite area! Feel free to move around but be sure not to crowd other anglers.
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – At this point, we are hoping we can have a dinner, raffles and awards at the Tri-County Fairgrounds. This is all subject to Covid restrictions and will be announced closer to the event. Winners will be announced that night in some shape or form!

Eligible Waters – With the DFW regulations changes, there are many additional waters open to fishing at this time of year. So rather than limiting the fishing areas to the Lower Owens and Pleasant Valley Reservoir, we are expanding the area to Long Ears in the north (Upper Owens) all the way down to Independence in the south. You still need to be fishing waters that are designated as open and follow all DFW regulations on this matter. And as we do not know the weather for the day of the event, we leave it up to each contestant to fish with safety in mind. You need to allow enough time to get a cell signal so your catch is transferred to us no later than 4:30 p.m. and to be back at the Tri-County Fairgrounds by 6 for awards and prize drawings.

We have signed up with The Rolling Chef 395 Food Truck to be at the Fairgrounds by 5:30 so you can grab a bite before awards and prizes.

Lodging – there are campgrounds at Pleasant Valley Reservoir and many hotels/motels in Bishop. We are working on event pricing.

Covid 19 – Participants agree to wear a facial covering (over mouth and nose) when indoors or when outdoors and within 6 feet of persons from another household. While in Inyo County, they take face covering seriously when indoors or when outdoors without physical distancing.

SCTU’s final summer fishing event reels in LA River carp

SCTU offers second free LA River fishing classes, July 27 and 29

THE PREZ SEZ: Former Chapter President Ban Luu makes a point to the crowd about river ecology at an earlier workshop. (Jim Burns)

From South Coast Trout Unlimited:

Vamos a Pescar! Let’s go fishing! We’ll be giving fishing poles* to youngsters and learning to fish at this 2-day workshop. Sign up here!

About this event

Vamos a Pescar! Let’s go fishing! We’ll be giving fishing poles to youngsters to learn to fish, helping to rig up their rods, and demonstrating fishing techniques. On July 27th we’ll be rigging up our fishing poles and learning about knots and river conservation. On July 29th, we’ll be fishing on the Los Angeles River. Join us for both days to get your free fishing rod and reel!

Our second workshop series will be over weekdays!

Day 1: July 27th, 4 PM to 7 PM: the first workshop in an outdoor classroom setting to learn the basics.Marsh Park/Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park: 2944 Gleneden Street Los Angeles, CA 90039

Day 2: July 29th, 4 PM to 7 PM the second workshop is on the LA River. Pick up your free* fishing pole and hit the river to catch some fish! Marsh Park/Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park: 2944 Gleneden Street Los Angeles, CA 90039

Day 3: September 4th is the last workshop to learn how to catch the big fish with the pros. CA Free Fishing Day, no fishing license required. Open to all participants! The place to be confirmed, we hope it will be at the New Taylor Yard Bridge!

Face coverings are required to participate in all events to protect you and our volunteers.

Waivers are required for the workshops. If you are under 18 you must have a parent or guardian sign at the on-site registration.

* you must attend the first workshop to get a free fishing pole.

Sponsored by: SOUTH COAST TROUT UNLIMITED • CA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE • GEORGE H.W. BUSH VAMOS A PESCAR EDUCATION FUND • CA STATE PARKS

TU’s LA River Fishing Workshop reels in the fun