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Eastern Sierra mountain passes opening Friday

Starting Friday morning, all roads leading to Mono County will be open to the Eastern Sierra – and thus, to the many lakes and streams in the mountains.

Tioga Pass will officially reopen 9 am Friday, marking the full opening of the three high-elevation gateway passes that close each winter season and provide access to the Eastern Sierra.

The annual official opening of the three gateway mountain passes to the Eastern Sierra – Tioga Pass (SR 120), Sonora Pass (SR 108) and Monitor Pass (SR 89) – comes after a lackluster winter weather season.

Tioga Pass connects Mono County to Yosemite National Park’s only east entrance. It provides access to the Yosemite’s east side, including Tuolumne Meadows, Tenaya Lake and Olmsted Point.

For those planning a visit, a peak-hour reservation is required for all visitors, including annual and lifetime passholders, to drive into or through Yosemite between 6 am and 4 pm through Sept 30.

Last week’s fishing report:Inspect your boat before heading out on the water

Here is this week’s fishing report, as compiled from various sources.

Aaron Sedway fishes a section of the Truckee River just west of Keystone Avenue in Reno on May 5.

LAKE DAVIS: The lake is at about half capacity. The boat docks are not in the water at Honker or Camp Five. Anglers are launching their boats at Camp 5 sand and are using rainbow runners, Dick nites or needlefish for rainbow trout. Anglers should troll either west to east on the north side of the island, or south to Eagle Point and back to Camp 5 in 20 feet of water. Browns and rainbows are up to 20 inches. Shore anglers fishing Mallard Cove and Honker Cove are doing better with orange Powerbait than nightcrawlers. Spring fishing derby set for June 18, register at J&J Grizzly Store. Info from J&J’s Grizzly Store and Camping Resort, 530-832-0270; and Mountain Hardware, Truckee, 530-587-4844.

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