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Outdoors / f Operation Game Thief: 1-800-992-3030 Operation Cal- Tip: 1-800-952-5400 Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, June 12, 1997 29 you're RVing by Ed Tomchin Been wondering how you're going to take a vacation al-" this summer? Money tight?: Can't f'md enough to do more than take the wife someplace for a week? How about taking a vacation for thewhole summer and getting paid for it? r A working vacation, that is. How Would' spend the summer weekends at a fast-paced Californ week. This guest ranch wants and work till the outdoorsy, Mountains. for somhing more :remo and I Lake Mead host to some nasty parties by Ed Tomchin Ever wondered what makes that city over the hill the way it is, and why we ctoose to live here in Nye County? In the final analysis, there are probably a lot of reasons on that list, but it's a good bet water quality is in the top three. Lake Mead National Recreation Area Park Service offi- cials announced last week that parasitic flatworm larvae have infiltrated Lake Mead and it is causing a fairly common ailment known as "swimmers itch," a skin rash causec[ by this aquatic parasite. Three confirmed cases have been reported. One is at Boxcar Cove, north of Las Vegas Bay. The other two occurred at Rotary Cove. north of Callville Bay, and Burro Point, northeast of Hoover Dam on the Arizona side. The rash resembles a skin irritation such as that occurring from an insect bite. The parasite, shaped like a blunt tipped arrow with two long flukes extending from its tail, penetrates the skin of swimmers and dies looking for its host animals, ducks or geese. The body .responds to the dead parasite with an allergic reaction, producing redness, itching, swelling and possibly welts at the entry site. The normal life cycle of this parasite does not include hurrians, but it does invade the human body mistakenly thinking it a host. The parasite normally lives inside ducks or geese, where it lays its eggs. The birds then release the eggs into the lake as part of its normal evacuation processes. The released eggs then burrow into water snails where, after a period of growth they return to the waterfowl to mature and begin the process all over again. Karen Whitney, park service spokeswoman, said the park service will make information available about the parasite's symptoms and precautions that can be taken to avoid contact with it. However, there are no plans for posting warnings at various sites on the lake. The park service advises visitors to swim in water well away from the shoreline. It is along the shore where water- fowl gather to feed that the parasite is most likely to be found. Avoid swimming during or immediately after a wind blow- ing toward the shore, which could concentrate the parasite along the shoreline. Further precautions include briskly drying off after com- ing out of the water. It is also advisable to shower as soon as emerging, if at all possible, or at least rinse your body off with fresh water, then dry off with a brisk toweling. Whitney says the parasite exists naturally in bodies of water and is not linked to sewage effluent and urban runoff which is released into Lake Mead. Effluent. or treated waste-water, is released into Lake Mead from Las Vegas' three sewage treatment plants. Urban runoff, which can be highly contaminated and extremely toxic, empties untreated into Lake Mead at Las Vegas Wash, six miles above where Las Vegas draws its drinking water. Last month, signs were posted along Las Vegas Wash j ust above where it empues into Lake Mead above Saddle Cove, warning swimmers and waders to avoid contact with the water due to potential contamination from high counts of fecal bacteria and other toxic chemicals. Last year, biologists found fish with genetically deformed sex organs near where Las Vegas Wash empties into the lake. Causes were linked to the biohazards present in the water. Overall, Lake Mead water is generally of good quality because it is constantly being refreshed by the Colorado River and all its tributaries. Only when the waters gather in Las Vegas Bay does serious contamination begin to develop. In addition to the millions of gallons of effluent and urban runoff dumped into the lake at Las Vegas Wash, over 10 million visitors use the lake each year. While most visitors are careful and concerned, a substantial number of violators dump their own sewage and waste into the lake, untreated. It is against the law to dump sewage, defecate or urinate in the lake. It is also a tough law to enforce and a lot of people are scofflaws, not realizing the dangers their crude acts can precipitate. Studies are being conducted by numerous private and government agencies to pinpoint the problems and find solu- tions, but in the meantime, the lake water becomes more contaminated daily. So, be careful at the lake this summer. As the lady said, swim well away from shore, don't swim during or after an on-shore wind, shower and dry as soon as you get out of the water and, above all, don't drink it. Free fishing day Saturday, June 14 All Nevada anglers -- residents and non-residents alike-- have the opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing without purchasing a state fishing license or trout stamp when the state celebrates its annual "Free Fishing Day" Saturday, June 14. A spokesman for the state's wildlife agency said that anglers taking advantage of Nevada's "Free Fishing Day" can expect favorable success at most streams, lakes and reser- voirs. Releases of hatchery reared "catchable-size" trout this year have been conducted since early February, and good to excellent water levels will befound at most fishable waters this year. According to NDOW, nearly all waters that are normally stocked with trout have been planted a least once, with many receiving multiple releases, A number of reservoirs and streams will receive fish just prior to the June 14 observance. Anglers are reminded that although the fishing license and trout stamp are not required to fish on June 14, all other laws and regulations apply, including limits, bait and tackle restric- tions, and area closures as printed in the fishing seasons and regulations brochure. Specific information on fishing conditions, recent releases of trout, boating and boat launch status is available through NDOW's Reno office, as well as offices located in Fallon, Elko and Las Vegas. Fishing Report by Geoff Sehneider Nevada Division of Wildlife LAKE MEAD --excellent fishing for striped bass is being found by boaters in the Overton Arm with the best success coming from the area between Fish Island and the Meadows. SeVeral boaters reported catching limits of 20 stripers around Fish Island: The fish were taken with cut anchovies after they were located with fish finders. Stripers continue to he caught in the Boulder Basin with Boxcar Cove, the Hemenway Wall and Government Wash providing some of the better action. Shore fishing has been inconsistent with only a few fish being caught at Hemonway Harbor. Largemouth bass fishing has been hit or miss for the few boaters who have been trying their luck. Spirmerbaits are catching fish in coves while artificial worms are taking bass along drop offs. IAKE MOItAVE -Striped bass fishing cohtinues to be fairly good around Cottonwood Cove while the action remains slow in the Willow Beach area. Boaters have been catching stripers in the 18-inch range by trolling in the Six Mile Cove area below Cottonwood. Smaller fish are being taken with anchovies in the narrows north of Cottonwood. On Saturday a largemouth bass fishing tournament sponsored by Point Seekers of Riverside, Calif. attracted 18 anglers who caught 44 bass. The fish were caught with spinnerbaits in coves from Cottonwood Cove to Eldorado Canyon. EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR -Fishing continues to be good for stocked rainbow trout, but slow for brown trout. Aquatic plant growth is now appearing in the lake and is causing some problems for shore anglers. ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR --Anglers report fair to good sue- cess for largemouth bass, rainbow trout and white crappie. Mosquitos have been a problem around sunset. Nevada Division of Wildlife biologists report  that a few crappie have died because of spawning stress. They say this is normal and occurs each year during the spawning season. SCHROEDER RESERVOIR -- Fair success for rainbow trout is being found in the early morning hours and around sunset. At other times of the day the fishing has been very slow. WAYNE E. KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA .. Fish- ing has been fair for largemouth bass at Adams-McGill and Haymeadow reservoirs. The larger fish are being found on Haymeadow. The action for rainbow trout continues to be hit and miss at Cold Springs and Haymeadow reservoirs. However, some anglers report taking trout with flies from float tubes at Haymeadow.