For the first time, Don Pedro Lake will host the Wild West Bass Pro/Am. Sponsored by the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau the tournament takes place March 2-4, 2018 and is expected to attract more than 200 professional and amateur anglers. Located in the heart of Gold Country and the gateway to Yosemite National Park, The sixth-largest reservoir in California, the lake has an abundance of largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass making it a prime location for the Pro/Am.
Events are scheduled at Fleming Meadows Marina, 11500 Bonds Flat Road, La Grange, CA 95329. Daily events include Facebook Live Videos, Interviews, Weigh-Ins, and How-to Tips from Pros like Ken Mah and Vince Hurtado. Anglers are expecting to bag 20-25-pound bass making the daily 3 p.m. weigh-Ins a must-see event. Schedule, information and directions.
Outside the fishing zone, from Don Pedro Lake take Highway 132 to Highway 120 for the scenic drive to Yosemite National Park. With fewer crowds and waterfalls flowing, early spring is one of the best times to visit the park. The weather is brisk, making it perfect for day hiking. A less visited part of Yosemite, Hetch Hetchy Reservoir combines waterfalls with hikes. Across the dam and through the tunnel finds you alone above the water, surrounded by granite walls and silence.
Other non-angling activities include historic Jamestown, home to Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. Open daily until 3 p.m., park admission ranges from free to $5 dollars depending on age, Sip some wine in local tasting rooms at Inner Sanctum Cellars, open until 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Gianelli Vineyards, open until 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There are many great dining options in historic Jamestown, including the 1859 National Hotel and Restaurant where gold is accepted as payment. Tucked away around a street corner is Stogies Gold Country Lounge featuring live entertainment, liquor, and fine cigars. Enjoy shopping at charming antique and eclectic shops that line the streets.