Bass Lake Is Full Of It: Water And Fish

Bass Lake merchants have been trumpeting their message for weeks: "Bass Lake is full of it."

Full of water and fish, that is.

The four-and-a-half-mile long lake is considered a paradise for fishing, boating and bird watching.

Bass Lake businessman Marc Sobel said that it has been important to get the word out about the Bas Lake's water levels returning to normal.

"We're really trying to say is Bass Lake is back to normal after four years of low water level," Sobel said. "Not that we weren't in business but its back to normal."

PG&E has spent the past four years doing a seismic upgrade on the dam, which lowered the water level to get the project finished.

Part of the magic of Bass Lake is to have lake front property. Docks have to float to bring in the boats.

Michelle Miller{}of Miller's Landing Resort said she wasn't impacted by the project.

"On our end of the lake we're pretty lucky since were in deeper water,"{} she said. "Our business hasn't affected as much as some of the shallower parts in the lake."

The first comeback test is this weekend's 33rd-annual Bass Lake fishing derby.

One thousand fish were dropped into the lake Thursday. Two are worth $10,000 each in trophy money.

Leslie Cox at the Forks Resort says the fishing derby always draws a big crowd.{}

"It's like a good weekend in the summer so we get a good weekend like that this time of year its always good bonus,"Cox said.

Merchants are hoping that the restored water levels and the fish will attract boatloads of tourists all summer long.{}