Captain Jack, ‘king of kokanee’ at Shaver Lake, past away March 19

He loved helping people fish

Jack Yandell, a colorful fishing guide who later opened a tackle shop next to the town deli, had a passion for sharing fishing tips and tales with friends and strangers alike. For many Shaver Lake visitors, a “Captain Jack” sighting was a special treasure on any trip to the mountain oasis above Fresno. A fishing guide who followed in his footsteps, Dick Nichols, fondly recalled the commotion whenever people saw “the captain.” “They would all run to the side of the boat waving – I’m talking about kids, everybody,” Nichols said. “He’d wave and wave back. He glowed like the sun. … He was flashy. He was flamboyant. And, of course, the name Captain Jack was like Geronimo. It was just symbolic.” About 15 years ago, Yandell and Nichols founded the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project, which plants large, trophy-sized trout at Shaver Lake twice a year. The group also helps fund a Trout in the Classroom program in some area schools, youth fishing derbies, and two scholarships at Sierra High School – one of them named after Captain Jack. Read more . .

Join the Exciting Movement That’s Impacting Shaver Lake

Trophy sized Rainbow Trout are delivered to and planted in Shaver Lake to enhance the fishing experience of anglers visiting our local region. Imagine a chance to hook into three pound or larger fish during your visit!

It is through the generosity of donors that this program works. Join us in helping to bring more trophy trout to Shaver Lake in the coming years.
The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout group provides funds each year in support of the Trout in a Classroom program. This is an environmental education program designed for kids in grades k-12.

Currently Pine Ridge Elementary and Big Creek Elementary are the schools in which the organization is involved. We are looking for other regional schools to support in the future.
The main fundraising drive for the group is the annual Sportsmen’s Dinner. This year it is set for August 11. Attendees are treated to an open bar, delicious barbecue steak dinner with all the trimmings, raffle prizes and a silent auction.
Dick Nichols and Captain Jack Yandell, two of the founders of the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout group, are active in presenting trout fishing seminars. These events are typically held at Turners Outdoorsman in Fresno.
Each year the group support a variety of regional community activities. Members have worked to help Boy Scouts earn merit badges in fishing. We are the main sponsor of the annual Youth Fishing Derby at Shaver Lake.

Additionally we treat underprivileged and/or special needs kids to a day of fishing on the lake. Your generous donations will help us continue these activities.

The Wonderful World

of Shaver Lake Trophy Trout

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