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Carp fishing can be fun experience

After decades with the moniker of “trash fish,” the common carp may never be classified as a game fish in the United States, but its growing popularity among American anglers has people heading to lakes and ponds in search of these hard-fighting fish that often reach 20 pounds or more.

Carp are “the” game fish among European anglers who often make their way to Las Vegas for the express purpose of fishing for Lake Mead’s monster carp. One group of anglers from the United Kingdom even conduct an annual carp tournament and would rather catch carp than striped bass. The current Lake Mead record is a 25-pound, 12-ounce fish that was caught by John Hunt of England in 2003. The fish are also popular in Asia.

In addition to Lake Mead, carp also are found in Lake Mohave, the Colorado River and some of the Las Vegas area urban ponds.

Carp are usually not picky about what they eat. Yet, they can be very shy when they are away from the docks. Bait options when fishing for carp include bread, corn, popcorn, and other various homemade ingredients. For flies, Vasey suggests damsel fly patterns, nymphs, midges and woolly buggers with a dry fly CDC or parachute Adams on top as an indicator. Members of the Las Vegas Fly Fishing Club suggest the Cheeto Fly.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITY

Free fly-tying workshop scheduled

Do you want to tie your own flies? The Nevada Department of Wildlife has scheduled a free fly-tying workshop at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20. This hands-on, entry-level course will teach participants the basics of tying fishing flies. Students will learn what equipment, materials, and techniques are needed for creating fishing flies. All equipment and materials will be provided. The class will be at the NDOW office located at 4747 Vegas Drive (just east of Decatur Boulevard). For registration and more information, contact 486-5127, Ext. 3503 weekdays.

SIXTH ANNUAL EVENT

Free Range Day set for Sept. 6

Las Vegas area hunters and shooters who need a safe and legal place to sight in their hunting firearms may want to mark Sept. 6 on their calendar. On that day the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) will host its sixth annual Free Range Day at the Desert Sportsman’s Rifle and Pistol Club, 12201 W. Charleston Blvd.

As co-host of the event, Desert Sportsman’s has made its range available so hunters who are not club members don’t have to worry about finding a place to sight in their hunting rifle. Shooters will be able to reserve a spot at the 25-to-100 yard range. Range officers and NDOW hunter education instructors will be standing by to insure safety and provide personalized instruction.

Range time and targets are provided free of charge. Shooting starts at 8 a.m. and will continue through 5 p.m. Space is limited to 20 shooters per hour with each shooter able to reserve at least one hour of range time. Those who want to take advantage of this opportunity should contact Martin Olson at the Nevada Department of Wildlife (702) 486-5127 x 3501 to make their reservation.

TAKE THE COURSE

Education required to hunt in Nevada

With opening day of the upland game season fast approaching, those who want to hunt in Nevada need to make sure they have successfully passed an official hunter education course offered through the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). Any person born after Jan. 1, 1960, must successfully pass a hunter education course before they can purchase a Nevada hunting license. Information and a class schedule can be found online at www.ndow.org.

Registration can be completed online as well.

Detailed information on season dates, bag and possession limits, shooting hours and other hunting regulations can be found at NDOW offices statewide or on the agency’s Web site at www.ndow.org. Printed regulation brochures will be available in August.

PROCESS STARTED

Reservoir’s fishery being rebuilt

Due to problems with the dam and head gate, the once popular fishery of Willow Creek Reservoir has been barren of fish for the past five years. But with the dam and head gate now in good working order, the Nevada Department of Wildlife, along with partners Barrick Goldstrike and Nevada Bighorns Unlimited Midas Chapter have started the rebuilding process of this fishery.

With money donated by Barrick Goldstrike and NBU Midas, NDOW has stocked catchable sized catfish in Willow Creek Reservoir. In addition, NDOW has been transplanting bass and white crappie from other Nevada waters into this water.

“It’s an expensive process,” says Chris Drake, “Without the $3,000 that Barrick and $5,000 that NBU Midas donated, it would be a much slower and more difficult process.”

As it is, Drake says that it will be four to five years before anglers will be catching the progeny of the crappie and bass that are being transplanted this year. The catfish however will be stocked in sizes ranging from 3- to 4-inch fingerling all the way up to 15- or 16-inch keeper fish and anglers will be able to enjoy that part of the fishery immediately.

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