note scheduleSaved some sick days, did you? Took one last week to get the boat inspected and tagged. That’s kind of how things stand today [May 17] on the eve of the reopening of Diamond Valley Lake’s launching facilities, tomorrow morning [May 18]. After more than a year of low water, the wet winter in NorCal has led to enough water transfers our way to store enough to make the lake fishable again. So hello, DVL!

And there will be quite a fuss associated with the lake being back on line for boats that meet the standards–including being clean and dry from any ventures to other waters where the dreaded quagga lurks. Expected (traffic monitors willing) are boats already lining up to get in tomorrow, and those early birds will be followed by untold hundreds of others until the parking lot is plugged.

And there will be quite a fuss associated with the lake being back on line for boats that meet the standards–including being clean and dry from any ventures to other waters where the dreaded quagga lurks. Expected (traffic monitors willing) are boats already lining up to get in tomorrow, and those early birds will be followed by untold hundreds of others until the parking lot is plugged.

The fishing, by all rights, should warrant the interest.  Well, interest in the expected good fishing. But frankly (and I love you guys) the reopening holds exactly zero interest by me. The thought of fishing with 300 to 400 other boats, plus bank fishermen, after waiting all night in line. Those are experiences I endured in my youth–from Irvine to several of the San Diego lakes in their storied “Opening Days.” Not any more.

I can’t wait for the stories of stalled cars in line, missing fishing licenses, on-the-water-speeding incidents, angler arguments–even the possible heart attack after scaling the world’s longest and steepest launching ramp. No, I don’t wish it on anyone, of course, but when you extend a ramp to meet low water, you also extend the trek. Of course, as the water rises through the summer (hopefully) that hike will be shortened–and anglers will have become more fit from their “workouts.”

So no doubt, DVL will be a big deal as lake openings go–especially since the drought in these parts along with quagga infestations, earthquake fears or exorbitant lake fees have rendered so many places unavailable to boat owners.  But not a big enough deal to get me over there. We’re going to try another lake. So goodbye, DVL–for now.

 




6 Responses to “DVL: Hello, good-bye”


You blew it George, only 70ish boats today. Warm and windy with some nice ones in the mud lines when I tested the eboat out for 5 minutes.

by George Kramer

But only four boats in line at Lake Skinner this morning.

by Darlene Wise

I am planning on going the 28th. Hope the crowd isn’t too bad.

by George Kramer

You won’t be alone; that is the start of the three-day Memorial Day weekend. But the fishing is very good. 🙂

by Darlene Wise

Well, I’ve never fished DVL in the daytime. I’ve only fished there once and it was a night tournament. So I’m kind of looking forward to fishing it during the day. Taking my boat this time. 🙂

by Darlene Wise

No crowd today at DVL.