Rim Fire has little effect on Shaver Lake turn out

September 3, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Business was booming here at Shaver Lake as families headed up the hill one last time before the summer season comes to a close.

A big holiday weekend for the smallest shop in Shaver Lake as customers stopped at Captain Jacks Tackle Shop for some rods, reels and gear before heading to the lake to fish.

When asked what he was selling Jack Yandell from Captain Jack's Tackle said, "Mainly the super hoochies that I make myself are the big sellers and the mountain flasher has been going good." Yanndell's was not the only store luring in visitors.

Customers hooked on Norman's famous Chunky Bread also poured into his coffee shop and deli to pick up a quick bite to eat before hitting the water for some fun in the sun.

"It's been brisk, everyone's busy here, we've been hoppin' so hopefully everyone got their Chunky Bread," Norman Kato with Shaver Coffee and Deli said.

This year the water level at Shaver Lake is 67 percent of normal, a number Sierra Marina owner Sheldon Sandstorm says is surprising considering the lack of rainfall earlier this year.

Sandstorm said Pontoon boats were his best rental.

"We have almost 20 of those and that's our main draw. Second draw is probably our ski boats and the waive runner falls in third."

While boat rentals are down about 15 percent compared to this same time last year Sandstorm says the weather has cooperated and smoke from the nearby Rim Fire has had little impact on the turnout this holiday weekend.

"Today seems busier than years past. Normally it's quiet on Monday, but I've got 60 percent of my boats out right now so I can't complain." Sandstorm said.

If crowds aren't your thing, now maybe a good time to head out on the water. Shaver Lake is stocked with trophy trout for a tournament coming up in two weeks and Sierra Marina will stay open for another six weeks.

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