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2012 Fishing Guide

2012 Fishing Guide

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Seasons And RegulationsEffective March 1, 2012 - February 28, 2013
Nevada Department of Wildlife
Welcome to Nevada
Nevada Department of Wildlife
Welcome to Nevada
you’re a veteran to shing in Nevada, you alreadyknow how great it can be. Enjoy this publication, read thearticles and use it as your reference for all things shing inNevada.If, however, you picked up this year’s Nevada FishingGuide to check out what the Silver State has to offer, thenyou may very well have stumbled upon one of the best keptsecrets in the West.Nevada offers an incredible range of angling opportunities,from high alpine lakes in Elko’s Ruby Mountains to desertlakes such as Lake Mead near Las Vegas. The Silver Stateis home to over 200 lakes and reservoirs and 600 streamsand rivers, which provide nearly 400,000 surface acres of sport shing opportunity.The majority of Nevada’s shable stillwaters consist of man-made reservoirs that vary in size from one acre to the115-mile-long Lake Mead. A good portion of the pristinewaters of Lake Tahoe are within Nevada. The majority of Nevada reservoirs can be reached by road, but many of the600 streams that criss-cross the state can only be reachedby hiking trails.The sh species in the Silver State are as diverse asthe geography. Coldwater species include native cutthroat,redband (rainbow), and mountain whitesh. Non-nativespecies include brown, brook, and Mackinaw trout. Hybridspecies include bowcutts (rainbow/cutthroat) and tiger trout(brook/brown).Warmwater species vary from walleye to bluegill.Smallmouth bass and spotted bass represent a couple of our more recent introductions. Lake Mead and Lake Mohaveare best known for their large stripers that average close totwo pounds, although 20- to-30-pound sh are occasionallycaught. Wipers, a cross between a striped bass and a whitebass, can be found in Lahontan, Rye Patch, Wildhorse, SouthFork and Chimney reservoirs. In northeastern Nevada,Wildhorse Reservoir, traditionally a trout shery, is alsoknown as a great spot for yellow perch, especially in winter.Largemouth bass and channel catsh are found throughoutthe state including Lakes Mead and Mohave, Lahontan, RyePatch and South Fork reservoirs.Nevada also offers several beautiful lakes and urbanponds in and around our cities and towns. In Las Vegas,you can drop a line at Sunset, Lorenzi or Floyd Lamb Parks.In Boulder City, try shing at Boulder City Urban Pond. InMesquite, there is Mesquite Pond. In northwestern Nevada,Fallon is home to Liberty Pond. Around Reno/Sparks you’llnd sh in Virginia Lake, Paradise Pond, Sparks Marina andMarilyn’s Pond. Wilson Common and Davis Creek ParkPond are popular sheries in Washoe Valley and there isBaily Fishing Pond in Carson City. In Gardnerville, checkout Mitch Park Pond, which is new this year.There are several articles throughout this magazine togive you a feel for shing in Nevada. You can read abouthigh alpine lake shing on page 13, or the new “Angler Appreciation Program” on pages 20-21. Read about shingat the Kirch Wildlife Management Area in southern Nevadaon page 24 or shing on New Year’s Day at Topaz Lake inwestern Nevada on page 27.If you’re looking for tips on shing the Silver State, pickup a How to Fish in Nevada book free at any NDOW ofce(see page 4 for ofce information). While you’re there, whynot grab a free Fishable Waters of Nevada map. Thesemaps (one for each region in Nevada) detail all of Nevada’swaters and include the types of sh that can be found.This publication is meant as a reference for any questionsyou might have regarding shing the Silver State. Statewideregulations and license information can be found near thefront of the magazine (pages 5-12), with a region by regionbreakdown of all available waters throughout the magazine.The Nevada Fishing Guide also includes information fromboating regulations (42-43) to Wildlife Management Areas(44-45) to our Trophy Fish Program (46-47).Once you nish reading through this publication, throwthe magazine in the back of your car and get out and exploreshing in the Silver State. Chances are, you’re going to likewhat you nd.
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