Monday, November 20 , 2017, 4:52 am | Fair 52º

 
 
 
 

Captain’s Log: Enjoy Lake Cachuma and Support Nature Center

Cachuma Lake Nature Center Trout Derby fundraiser coming up April 22-23. Click to view larger
Cachuma Lake Nature Center Trout Derby fundraiser coming up April 22-23. (Capt. David Bacon)

This year’s annual fundraiser for the Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake is going to be epic because, after years of drought, the lake is back.

Plan to come party at Cachuma Lake, support the Nature Center, and maybe even fish for a chance to win a prize at the 22nd annual Fish Derby, April 22-23.

Even in the death grip of the severe drought, last year’s event was a fun with loads of people visiting the lake, and 400-plus anglers trying their luck to win more than $5,200 in cash prizes and $15,000 in merchandise prizes.

This year with green grasses growing everywhere, the lake better than half full, and a boat ramp in use, plus a fleet of rental boats, we are expecting a great turnout far exceeding any in recent years and I’m hoping you will come, too.

The Neal Taylor Nature Center has fun, educational and entertaining things going on. Wildlife cruises and guided nature walks are phenomenal thanks to the abundant wildlife surrounding the lake and campsites.

The Santa Barbara County Parks Department takes pride in Cachuma Lake and keeps programs going for residents and visitors. There is a Cachuma Park naturalist and a world of nature — flora and fauna to explore.

For fisherfolk, the lake already has received trout plants, and additional planting is planned before the derby. Between those new fish and the great number of holdover fish, there will be lots of fish to try for including trout, bass, catfish, bluegill and redear sunfish.

Stop by Hook, Line & Sinker fishing center on Calle Real near the base of Hwy. 154 to stock up on supplies and bait, plus get some good fishing advice from the fish-loving staff. Then, drive over San Marcos Pass, enjoying the views during the short ride, to the beautiful lake.

My well-worn hat is doffed to any nonprofit organization that helps connect us with nature in a balanced way, and Julie McDonald the executive director makes sure the Nature Center leads the way in responsible education and adventure.

I have a deep admiration and respect for McDonald and when you meet her, I’m sure you will, too.

— Capt. David Bacon operates WaveWalker Charters and is president of SOFTIN Inc., a nonprofit organization providing seafaring opportunities for those in need. Visit softininc.blogspot.com to learn more about the organization and how you can help. Click here to read previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.



Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >