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Catching fish — and the sights — on the Mokelumne River

The Lower Mokelumne River has officially opened, and local fishing fans are taking the chance to bag rainbow trout and steelhead

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Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:52 am, Thu Jan 5, 2012.

The sun was barely rising over a nearby ridge as Mike Nicholson climbed out of his red pickup truck and pulled on a new pair of waders and his boots at the Mokelumne Fish Hatchery Day Use Area on Wednesday. Nicholson set up his 9-feet-long fly fishing rod and fixed a nymph, or sinking fly, to his line.

"I hope there's some steelhead," Nicholson said. "If not, I'll catch little rainbow trout out there."

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