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Outdoors / Operation Game Thief" 1-800-992-30,30 Operation Cal. Tip: 1-800-952-5400 Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, July 17, 1997 25 Nevada's Trout Stamp Art Contest begins by Ed Tomchin .... NationaiForest ManagementAct. Arecentcourtmling rejected the This year, the bull trout will be the featured fish on Nevada's trout Forest Service's motion to dismiss the lawsnit, and a court hearing stamp. According to the Northeastern Nevada Chapter of Trout will be held to review the case. Unlimited (NNCI), who sponsors this event, the 12th annual art The majority of the bull trout's habitat is located within the competition began July 1. Jarbidge Wilderness Area above the 7,200-foot elevation level. The NevadaTrout Stamp Art Contest is held annually to acquire They inhabit clear, cold waters (temperaaus ranging between 40 high quality artwork for the fishing stamp. The winning entry will and 51 degrees F), with a flow level above one cubic foot-per- be portrayed in full color on the 1998-99 Nevada Trout Stamp, second. which is required of all Although they can anglers over the age of grow to more than 20 11, who fish for or pos- pounds in lake environ- sess trout at any water ments of the Pacific in Nevada. Northwest, bulls found Until 1978, in the small streams of Nevada's bull trout theJarbidgeWildemess were thought to be a Area rarely grow larger closely related species than 10 inches. known as the Dolly However, the state Varden. However, record of 4 pounds, 6 wildlife biologists rec- ounces was taken in ognizedthatthetwoare 1985 from the West separate and distinct species. Nevada historical records refer to this Fork of the Jarbidge River, and was undoubtedly a fish that had species as the Dolly Varden, it indeed is the bull trout, moved upstream into Nevada from the lower reaches of the Jarbidge The"bull" is native to the Pacific Northwest"ocean states", and River in Idaho. It measured a staggering 22 inches. Idaho, Montana, Alberta, Canada, and Nevada. In Nevada, it is The 1985Nevadalegislatureauthorizedtheissuanceofa$5trout fgund only in the Jarbidge River system of northeastern Elko stamp as a means of paying for the comtmction of a new trout County, and many of its tributary streams. Its estimated population hatchery on the Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area near makes it one of the rarest native salmonid species in the state. Yerington. The $8.5 million facility was completed in January 1990 Becausebulltrout dependonclean, cold water, they arealeading and currently supplies catchable-size trout throughout northwestern indicator of the health of aquatic ecosystems. These trout are now Nevada. extinct from overhalftheir range and at a great risk in their remaining NNCTU was chosen to sponsor the contest by the State Board of range. Wildlife Commissioners. The contest is administered by the A major campaign was launched in 1992 to protect this native Division of Wildlife. Nevada trout species. Various organizafiom have joined forces in A five-member judging team will select the winning entry in filing a formal petition for Endangered Species status for the bull early October. The deadline forentries is Oct. 6, 1997. The contest trout with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. After the agency is open to all artists. denied the petition, saying that an ESA listing was "warranted but Although the winning artist does not receive compensation for precluded," the groups then filed suit in federal court. This lawsuit the artwork, they do keep their painting and are allowed to produce tolistthebulltroutasendangeredisnowbeforethe9thCircuitCourt and sell limited edition print series. of Appeals. Those interested in the contest may obtain complete contest rules A second lawsuit has charged the U.S. Forest Service with failing and an entry form by writing to Nevada Division of Wildlife, P.O. to manage or viable populations of bull trout, as required by the Box 10678, Reno, NV, 89520. Heed the fire signals .......... by Ed Tomchin mountain playground. Due to the large number of visitors seeking The U.S. Forest Service on Mount Charleston warns all visitors to cool off at these high elevations, the area has suffered several to the area they had better be extra careful with fires. Thesummer severe brush fires over the years. brush fire danger is extreme. A careless campfire started a brush fire in Cold Creek Canyon This year is proving to be another in a long series of very dry in 1981, causing approximately $340,000 damage and destroying Nevada summers. As a result, the USFS has upgraded the fire more than 6,400 acres of mountain" ecosystem, including a forest danger rating to extreme throughout the entire Slating Mountains of ancient bristlecone pines, some of which were more than 4,000 National Recreation Area which borders the Las Vegas valley to years old, in this small enclave located 45 miles northwest of Las the west and includes Red Rock, Mount Charleston, Lee Canyon, Vegas. Cold Creek Canyon, and the Pahmmp side of the mountain range. It should be noted that smoking cigarettes, cigars and pipes is The USFS is imposing strict regulations and restrictions this restricted to the inside of enclosed vehicles (not open jeeps) or at summer in order to prevent careless brush fires like the blaze that developed sites, residences, and commercial establishments. As claimed 450 acres near Pahrump in May. That fire was started by always, fireworksofanykindareiilegalwithintherecreationarea. a carelessly discarded cigarette. Conscientious visitors who intend to camp may like to bring a The rules also severely restrict all types of fires, including fire extinguisher along as a further safety precaution. In these dry campfires, stove fires and charcoal fires. Don Eastis, a USFS times, even green things can catch fire. supervisor, gives clear gnidelines. If you can' t tum the flame off, USFS Ranger Eastis said an extreme hazard rating occurs don't use it outside developed campsites and picnic areas. This almost every summer and is determined by factors including restriction does not extend to gas powered stoves such as Coleman plant's moisture level and air temperature. stoves. Just in case you are thinking of flaunting these warnings and The public is also urged to be cautious while enjoying the cool restrictions, remember, building an unauthorized fire outside wilderness of higher altitudes this summer because a wildfire developed sites cames severe penalties including fines up to underthecurrentdryconditionswouldlikelybedevastatingtothe $5,000 and/or six months in prison. ecosystem and structures, as well as life-threatening to the public. Be smart, be safe. Don't be responsible for destroying human The Mount Charleston recreation area offers visitors five and wildlife by careless or thoughtless actions. Remember, the campgrounds, two picnic areas and more than 300,000 acres of memory and guilt will stay with you the rest of your fife. Fishing Report by Geoff Schnider Nevada Division of Wildlife LAKE MEAD -. Striped bass fishing is getting better by the day while the action for largemouth bass has generally been flow, according to the Nevada Division of Wildlife. Some of the better fishing for stripers is being found from Pyramid Island to the Hemenway Wall. The fish are on the surface, feeding on fladfm shad and can be caught with surface lures such as Zara Spooks, Jumpin' Minnows and Sassy Shad. Boaters are also going deep to catch stripers with Hopkins Spoons, Kastmasters and bucktail jigs. Anchovies are working well at night around the intake tower near Lake Mead Marina. The road to Pyramid Island is closed to vehicles and foot traffic because the lake's high water level has eroded the causeway. Largemouth bass fishing has been slow with the fish being found in deep water. Channel catfish are being caught mornings and evenings in shallow coves. LAKE MOHAVE -- Striped bass fishing remains good for small fish in the nmTows above Cottonwood Cove and around the north power lines. Boaters are taking the fish by drifting and trolling with anchovies. Reports from Willow Beach indicate the striped bass fishing has been slow. Rainbow trout fishing has been good for boaters who are working from Willow Beach to the separation cable below Hoover Dam. Willow Beach Hatchery is scheduled to stock rainbow trout Thursday from Willow Beach to the 42-mile marker. WAYNE E. KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA - - Good fishing for largemouth bass continues to be found at Adams- McCJill Reservoir. Trout fishing has been slow at Cold Springs and Haymeadow reservoirs. EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR -- Weed growth in the lake continues to foul hooks and frustrate anglers. Boaters are finding some success for rainbow trout as they are able to keep their baits above the weeds. The weed problem is largely caused by nutrients deposited by livestock on lands that dram into the lake. ECHO CANYON VOIR -The lake's water level is low and continues to drop. Fishing has been poor for rainbow trout and crappie. Some success is being found for small largemouth bass. SCHROEDER RESERVOIR-- Rainbow trout fishing has been very slow in the reservoir. Some action is being found for small rainbows in the stream below the lake.