Drought prompts no-limit fishing at two Nevada reservoirs

CARSON CITY — The state Department of Wildlife wants anglers to catch as many fish as they can at two Nevada reservoirs before water levels and fish survival plummet.

The agency Wednesday announced it is lifting limits on the number of fish a person can catch at Wildhorse and Willow Creek reservoirs in Elko County.

Biologists are concerned that as water levels continue to recede during the hot summer months, oxygen levels could become low enough to cause massive fish die-offs.

This is the second year trout limits were removed at the reservoirs. This year the limitis being lifted for all fish.

Biologists say Wildhorse Reservoir in early May was at 24 percent capacity because of drought and irrigation demands. Under those conditions, they say a summer fish kill is likely.


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