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Pre-derby event offers Diamond Lake tips

Participants in the upcoming Rainbow $5,000 trout-fishing derby at Diamond Lake can get a leg up on other participants — and not lag behind others — by participating in an upcoming seminar in Medford on how to fish the popular eastern Douglas County lake.

The Black Bird Shopping Center, the Diamond Lake Resort and the Middle Rogue Steelhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited will team up for two one-hour sessions June 13 at the Black Bird, 1810 W. Main St.

The 12th annual Rainbow $5,000 derby is scheduled for June 27 at Diamond Lake.

Rick Rockholt, a long-time Diamond Lake guide and the resort's marketing director, will discuss trolling and still-fishing techniques to catch the trout that anchor the derby.

Trout Unlimited's Bill Hickey will offer techniques on how to catch the lake's fish with bobbers and various baits.

The Grants Pass-based TU has several of its members take part in the derby, which draws close to 1,000 participants annually. TU members also serve as weigh masters.

Mike McMullen of Black Bird says the seminars likely will be packed with everyday anglers looking for secrets to fishing the lake amid its myriad insect hatches, which can be so thick head-nets are almost a mid-season requirement.

"If you're signed up for the derby, you'd think you'd want to be here," McMullen says. "Just the question-and-answer session ought to run an hour."

The Rainbow $5,000 is the trout derby where everyday anglers play like the pros by earning cash prizes for the largest trout caught at the lake that day by pre-registered contestants.

The largest fish by weight will win its angler $1,000, with second place netting $750 and third place fetching $500. Prizes descend in value to $100 for 10th place.

The llth- to 20th-place finishers will each win $75, while the 21st- to 30th-place finishers will earn $50.

Black Bird also offers merchandise giveaways throughout the day.

The derby entry fee remains $15, and the weigh-in will end at 3 p.m. As with past derbies, each registered contestant can weigh in only one fish.

TU chapter member Cole Tidwell says about 35 seats are available for the 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. seminars. Interested anglers are encouraged to reserve a slot by telephoning the store at 779-5431.

If both time slots fill, "we'll go ahead and do a third," Tidwell says.

For more details and registration information for the derby, telephone the Black Bird, register at the resort or visit the store's Web site at www.blackbirdshoppingcenter.com.

The Medford Gun Club will host the 78th annual Oregon State Trapshooting Championships June 17-21 in Medford.

About 200 shooters from Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nevada and British Columbia are scheduled to compete in the event, which will be held at the club's range at 1259 E. Vilas Road.

The nonprofit association has 17 clubs with more than 750 members in it. It is affiliated with the Pacific International Trapshooting Association, which sanctions West Coast trapshooting matches.

Participants fire shotgun shells at mechanically launched clay pigeons.

For more information on the event and trapshooting, visit the PITA Web site at www.shootpita.com.

The north entrance road to Crater Lake National Park opened to travel Monday in preparation for the regular summer recreation season there.

Also opening were the Steel Visitor Center in Munson Valley.

The Crater Lake Lodge dining room is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., while Mazama Village's gas station and store are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

The Mazama Campground remains closed and park officials anticipate its opening June 12.

Park officials also expect snow to keep Rim Drive around Crater Lake closed until mid-July.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail mfreeman@mailtribune.com.