Something Fishy in Big Bear

Above: Five yr. old Cody Hipwell of LaVerne landed a 6.46 lb Big Bear rainbow trout while trolling a flatline CD Rapala off Eagle Pt. on May 1st. Photo courtesy of Big Bear Marina.

Trout fishing on Big Bear Lake was great last weekend and reports are that the “Trout Triangle” (defined by Eagle Pt., the Observatory and Lagonita Pt.) still turned out a lot of fish. Surface temperatures are in the 54 (USD 83.85) degree range. Shore anglers working the North Shore from Windy Pt. to the dam have also seen limits soaking Nitro bait and inflated night crawlers on two to four foot leaders.

Above: 7 yr. old Josie Hipwell brought in a 2 lb rainbow trout on April 25th that was one of the tagged fish from the 2007 October Troutfest. Both of the “fishing kids” received Eagle Claw goody bags. Photo courtesy of Big Bear Marina.

First Friday Flops

Did I get an earful upon arriving back into town. As you know the First Friday in Fawnskin launched last Friday. We all thought it was a good idea but good ideas are nothing without follow through.

I know at least one potential vendor who inquired about a booth and whose impression was that there wasn’t a lot of interest from the person representing the event. Then I heard from some neighbors and visitors that some of the participating businesses/exhibitors decided to close at least an hour early.

Those who walked into town or that drove to town for the event–only to find it shut down early–were not happy about it. When I drove through town about 8:00pm it was already dark.

Better luck next month.

Many people suggested that the event should have banners and additional flyers or announcements throughout the valley to promote it. I did see it posted on the events calendar but the detail page didn’t work.

Let’s hope that the next event sticks to the original schedule.

Fawnkin Festival

Last week hermit girl (aka GG aka me) also missed a joint meeting of the leaders of Moose Lodge 2085, the Fawnskin Chamber of Commerce and the North Shore Improvement Association.

Many of you know that the Fawnskin Festival has been in limbo for the past couple of years. Originally a private individual spearheaded the Fawnskin Festival and then it went into committee. Concerns prompted additional actions–from a recent notice:

“Part of the meeting was to decide the fate of the Fawnskin Festival and the progress of the Doo Dah Parade Committee….”

I heard that it was so noisy that nobody could hear the speaker but it wasn’t clear if that was because of the crowds at Moose Lodge 2085 or the vocal opinions of those attending the meeting.

Ultimately, the decision is that the Fawnskin Festival will be organized and managed by the Fawnskin Chamber of Commerce, with Janet Dooley serving as this year’s chairperson.

Kathy Murphy, the person who heads up the Doo Dah Parade, has been sick and it seems as if the torch for that event will also be taken up by one of the town organizations. The Doo Dah Parade will be discussed at another meeting in a couple of weeks

Flags in Fawnskin

Anyone know about the mini-flags spread out in different areas of the North Shore? I first saw a large American flag being displayed near Serrano Campground. Then it was gone and clumps of mini-flags are on display in a few different areas of North Shore Drive. I wonder if they were part of the dedication recognizing Highway 38 as the 1st Lt. Jared Landaker US Marine Corps Memorial Highway. Let me know if you know…

Rock Slides?

Last night I was surprised to find the Arctic Circle blocked by road crews who were busily clearing out big boulders and gravel. CalTrans crews will be working along Highway 18 every night this week removing rock and debris. Crews began work last night and removed an estimated 700 tons of debris. Motorists can expect some delays, nightly from 8pm to 6:30am through May 9th as CalTrans continues the project.

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    Shadow's Mom
    May 6th, 2008 18:10

    I am not positive, but there were several large flags along Hwy 38 last Friday. I assumed that it was in honor of the dedication of the Lt. Landaker Memorial Hwy. I don’t know who placed the small flags out. It would have been so great if we could have kept the large flags along the hwy. It was extremely patriotic! That would be a great tribute to Jared. Do you know if there will be signs naming the hwy?