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t2 i,a; M'6ch'; '1997 mp Varey att Outdoors Bull TJ'out warranted by Geoff Schneider Nevada Division of Brddlife LAKE MEAD - Anglers are enjoying warm weather and fairly good action for both striped bass and largemouth bass, according to the Nevada Divi- si6n of Wildlife. Shore fishing has been productive for stripers at Hemenway Harbor during the evening hours. Fish from one to three pounds are being taken with yel- low Bomber long A lures. Other productive areas for stripers have been the campground below Las Vegas Bay Marina and Gov- eminent Wash. A boater had good success recently by fishing with shad at a depth of 180 feet in Las Vegas Bay. Largemouth bass are being taken from brush in coves. One of the better areas for bass has been Saddle Cove. LAKE MOHAVE - Trout are being taken at Wil- low Beach while small stripers continue to be caught near Cottonwood Cove. Over the weekend a number of anglers had good luck by casting small spinners and Power Bait to planted trout at Willow Beach. Despite high winds, fishing has been good for boat- ers in front of Cottonwood Cove Marina. The fish have generally been running from 12-16 inches in length. WAYNE E. KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGE- MENTAREA- Rainbow trout fishing has been spo- radic and very few large fish have been seen in the catch. Most OF the fishing activity has been taking place at Haymeadow Reservoir. A few anglers have been catching fish, but most have had to put in quite a bit of effort to get a bite. EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR-The ice is off the lake and trout fishing has only been mediocre. Anglers may have to wait for the water temperature to warm by several degrees before the action im- proves. ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR - Fishing has generally been below par for rainbow trout and large- mouth bass, but good for white crappie. The lake s water level is high and small boats can be launched from the ramp. SCHROEDER RESERVOIR - Beaver ponds have caused the hiking trail leading to the lake to be inundated with two feet of water. Anglers may wish to avoid the lake until access is improved. Big game application in mail to 78,000 Regulations brochures and applications for Nevada's 1997 deer and big game hunts are being mailed this week to nearly 78,000 resident and nonresident hunt- ers. Only those hunters who applied for tags last year will receive applications in the mail. Hunters who have changed their mailing address during the past year will not receive applications. Applications must be received by mail at the Hunt Application Office in Fallon by 5 p.m. on April 21 to be eligible for the tag draw- ings. Regulations and applica- tions will be available by early next week at stores that sell hunting licenses and the Nevada Division of Wildlife, 4747 West Vegas Drive. Fish and wildlife service confirms that two popu- lations of the bull trout warranted listing under Federal Endangered Species Act: Agency will request court's permission to ob- tain updated information Complying with a court order, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service today confirmed that the Klamath and Columbia River bull trout population segments warranted listing under the Federal Endangered Spe- cies Act based on 1994 data. The Service made today's announcement in response to an Oregon U.S, District Court order to reconsider the agency's 1994 decision. "At the court's direction, the Service could only consider the information that was before us in 1994," Regional Director Michael J. Spear says. "More current information is available in 1997, and we would like to be able to use that information in taking action to protect the fish."Specifically, the Service will petition the court for approval to issue, by August 15, 1997, a finding based on the best sci- entific and commercial data available. A warranted 1997 finding would be in the form of a proposed rule. While the original 1994 finding found all bull trout in the lower 48 states to warrant listing, re-analysis based on the 1994 data indicates there are actually five distinct population segments are physically dis- crete from one another, and segments are biologically significant to the species as a whole. Only species, subspecies, or distinct population segments of verte- brates are listable under the Endangered Species Act. In today's reconsidered finding for the court, the Service concluded that, based on the 1994 adminis- trative record, listing is warranted for the Klamath River and Columbia River population segments. The Klamath River segment consists of only seven bull trout stocks that are isolated and remnant in Or- egon, occupying only a fraction of the historically available habitat within the Klamath drainage. The "bull trout is extinct in northern California. Threats from habitat degradation, irrigation diversions, and the presence of non-native brook trout place the Kla- math population segment at a moderate to high risk of extinction. The Columbia River segment includes 386 bull trout stocks in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and additional stocks in British Columbia - of which 33 percent were declining, 15 percent stable, three percent secure, two percent increasing, and 47 per- cent unknown, according to the 1994 record. Threats from habitat degradation, passage restrictions at dams, and non-native lake and trout place this dis- tinct population segment of the bull trout at a mod- erate risk of extinction. Based on the 1994 record, the Service concluded that listing was not warranted for the other three bull trout distinct population segments: Coastal/Puget Sound; Jarbidge River in northern Nevada, which is segregated from the Snake/Columbia River popula- tion by a 15.0-mile stretch of unsuitable habitat; and the Saskatchewan River population, which is the only population east of the Rocky Mountains and is al- most entirely in Alberta, Canada. These three popu- lation segments are stable-to-increasing, according to the 1994 report. Three conservation organizations - the Friends of the Wild Swan, the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, and the Swan View Coalition - petitioned to have the bull trout listed under the Endangered Species Act in 1992. The former two organizations sued the Ser- vice in 1994 after the agency determined that listing the bull trout as a threatened species was warranted, but precluded by the need to direct limited resources toward other species in greater danger of extinction. A ruling by the U.S. District Court of Oregon that the case was moot was appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which overturned the lower court ruling and remanded the case back to the district court in 1996. Today's decision is the result of a district court order to reconsider the 1994 finding based solely on the 1994 administrative record. Bull trout are native to the Pacific Northwest, in- cluding Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Mon- tana, Nevada, Alaska, Alberta, and British Colum- bia. They have been eliminated from the main stem of most large rivers where they historically occurred. Many remaining populations are isolated in headwa- ter streams. Bull trout are members of the char subgroup in the salmon family. Char have light-colored spots on a darker background, while trout and salmon have dark- colored spots on a lighter background. Bull trout have a large, flattened head and pale-yellow to crimson body spots on an olive green to brown background, and lack teeth in the roof of the mouth. They can grow to more than 20 pounds in lake environments. Wildlife Commission to meet at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners will review Texas' request for bighorn sheep during a 9 a.m. meeting Saturday, March 22 in McCarran International Airport's fifth floor meeting room. On the agenda for the morning session is presentation of the Wayne E. Kirch Appreciation Award, evaluation of privatizing the Overton Wildlife Management Area, status of Las Vegas urban fishing ponds and the po- tential for additional ponds, and previous and potential future releases of geese in Clark, Lincoln and Nye counties. 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