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Fishing coalition’s ‘Troutlaw’ promotion pays rewards for tagged trout

May 30, 2013

Luke McLachlan, 13, brought Slim Sam to justice, one of the legendary Troutlaw Gang, tagged and hiding in Eastern Sierra waters. McLachlan was rewarded richly for his efforts. Photo/Submitted

Five of the Troutlaw Gang captured, 30 still at large

The waters of the Mammoth Lakes Basin are safer thanks to the Troutlaw Posse’s capture of five feloniously huge Alpers Trophy Trout.

The Eastern Sierra Fishing Coalition is offering big rewards for catching one of these bad boys. While the Troutlaw fish try to blend in with the general population, they can be identified by the ESFC’s tag.

Five have been captured to date, and 30 still remain at large.

According to reliable sources, members of the gang of 5-lb.-plus Troutlaws are still lurking in Lake Mamie, Lake George, the Twin Lakes, and Lake Mary—with some rumored to be hiding in the June Lake Loop’s Silver Lake and as far afield as the Bridgeport Reservoir.

Slim Sam, Tiny, and Poncho were hauled out of Twin Lakes. Luke McLachlan, 13, of Huntington Beach, brought in Slim and was awarded Mammoth Lakes logowear and a goodie bag.

Tom Calderone from Woodland Hills landed Tiny. Ron Stout from Kern County apprehended Poncho. All three Troutlaws went down fighting.

Troutlaw Pete Defeat was hiding out at Lake Mary, but Terry Hill of Los Angeles brought him to justice and was rewarded with a Shimano reel and spool of PowerPro-braided line.

Red Fred fell victim to posse member Craig at Lake Mamie.

While the capture of five of these Troutlaws are to be applauded, there are 30 still at large.

All fishermen are being asked to be on the look out for big, scaly-tagged trout.

Anyone bringing in one of the gang will be rewarded.

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