The fish may be biting, but the Mt. Baldy Trout Pools will be shutting down for good.
“We regret to inform you that we will be closing the Trout Pools down permanently due to a number of factors in our personal lives,” the Bescoby family wrote on Facebook.
The pools are currently closed because of the coronavirus.
Young anglers have learned to fish in the friendly confines of the mountain ponds for decades. You could rent a pole, or bring your own, and bait in the form of flavored dough was provided. Trout were plentiful and hungry. One blogger wrote that the instructions on how to fish lasted longer than the wait for a fish to bite — perfect for a child’s short attention span.
Fish could not be thrown back. They were weighed, cleaned, wrapped and sold by the pound.
The Bescobys have owned the business since 1974, but the pools date back farther. A friend recalls his parents taking him there in the early 1960s. Mt. Baldy’s annual steak fry, which raises money for the volunteer fire department, takes place by the ponds each summer.
“We are planning to be open a few final weekends after the Covid-19 quarantine is over,” the Bescobys wrote on Facebook. “You will be able to find the official dates on our social media sites or by calling our phone recording once the current global issues start resolving.”
No one answered the phone Wednesday. A recording states, “We’re sorry to say we’ll be closed until further notice.”
People on the Facebook post said visiting the pools was a rite of passage, sometimes over multiple generations.
“My mother brought my brother and myself many times as we were growing up. Then I brought my four sons in the summertimes as well. I have two grandsons that so enjoyed the experience of fishing at the ponds on a hot summer day,” Peggy Ryder wrote.
“I will definitely be there before closing to make more memories with my boys,” Nick Gomez commented.
“My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed coming out to the Mt. Baldy Trout Ponds from the San Fernando Valley,” Laurie Ferguson wrote. “We wish you the very best and thank you so much for such great fishing experiences!”
On the agenda: a baby!
Roy Emiliano Lennon Sandoval was born April 16, during an eventful time. (Photo courtesy the Sandoval family)
Congratulations to new father Tim Sandoval, the mayor of Pomona, and his wife, Criselda, who welcomed their first child on April 16 — right in the midst of the pandemic.
As new parents, they have no frame of reference for a birth during normal times, but they can imagine. This one went off without a hitch, although they had their worries.
After completing two birthing classes in February, before physical distancing was a thing, the couple made the difficult decision to cancel their March 14 baby shower to avoid exposing friends and family — including parents in their 60s and 80s — to any risk. In retrospect, they’re relieved they did.
A week later, Tim was barred from doctor appointments in which their son’s heartbeat could be heard and image in the womb seen. Their biggest concern, though, was that after all their preparation, Tim might not be allowed into the delivery room. “That would have been devastating,” he said.
But when Roy Emiliano Lennon Sandoval entered the world at 11:46 p.m. in a delivery room at Kaiser Ontario, Tim was present.
“When the baby arrived, it was an incredibly emotional scene,” he recalled Wednesday. “To hear the baby cry and know he was healthy, that was a great feeling.”
He confessed that one thing that went through his mind was the 1974 Paul Anka song “(You’re) Having My Baby,” quoting some of the lyrics from memory: “You’re having my baby/What a lovely way of saying how much you love me.’” “All this is going on around you,” he said with a chuckle, “and you’re thinking of some soft-rock song from the ’70s.”
(I would have been happy never to have thought of that song again. Forgive me for paying my distress forward.)
Replacing visits by family and friends have been photos and FaceTime conversations, no doubt a poor substitute as far as the new grandparents are concerned. Tim thanked Kaiser’s health care staff — “they were kind and caring in a pandemic world” — and joked that if it weren’t for their name tags, they would have been anonymous due to their masks.
Weighing in at 7 pounds, 12.9 ounces, and stretching out at 21 inches long, Roy Emiliano Lennon got his names from the word for “king,” the Mexican revolutionary Zapata and the couple’s favorite Beatle.
Mother and child are said to be doing great. As for the father/mayor: “I’m tired, I’m exhausted,” he admitted. “And it’s not even the Pomona City Council that caused it.”
San Bernardino County golf courses will be allowed to reopen starting Saturday, county officials announced Wednesday, but some rogue duffers couldn’t wait. The north end of Pomona-Rincon Road east of the 57 Freeway dead-ends along two fairways of the closed El Prado Golf Course in Chino. “Clever people, some wearing masks, brought their clubs down there and played the two holes just to keep their skills honed,” a tipster told me earlier this week. “I wish I had brought my clubs.”
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