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Outdoors / Operation Game Thief: 1-800-992-3030 Operation Cal. Tip: 1-800-952-5400 Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, September 25, 1997 23 Fishing Report by Geoff Schneider Nevada Division of Wildlife LAKE MEAD - Occasional bouts with windy weatberhave failed to put a damper on the striped bass fishing as anglers are finding good success throughout the lake. Some of the better action continues to be taking place in the Government Wash area where trollers are using downriggers to catch fish. Downrigging appea to be the ticket for catching larger stripers while surface lures are taking small fish. Stripers can be seen breaking the surface as they feed on their primary forage fish, threadfin shad. Some oftbe better top waterfishing is being found around Pyramid Island and near the Hemanway Wall. Boating officers with the Nevada Division of Wildlife (NDOW) advise boaters to avoid racing boils or running over thont Racing other boats is a dangerous practice while running over a boil will stop stripers from feeding. Largemonth bass fishing remains good with the fish being taken along sheer cliffs. Rubber worms, grubs and tube lures e catching the fish. LAKE MOHAVE - Trolling with lead line remains the preferred method for taking srnall striped bass. Fmh weighing up to tht ixmnds axe being caught by trolling whole anchovies hum the north power lines to Aztec Wash. Smaller stripers re being caught by g and troll/rig anchovies in the South Basin and at Cottonwood East. Rainbow trout fislfing has been fair above Willow Beach. EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR - 1he water is sall'murky hum tent flooding, but is beginning to clear. Trom fishing is poor. ECHO CAYON RESERVOIR - Fishing continues to be fair for small largemouth bass and rainbow trout Angle report having some success for crappie by slowly working small crappie jigs. SCHROEDER RFER V OIR - Rainbow trout fishing has been slow in the lake. Good success for small rainbows is being found by the few anglers who have been fly fishing the stream below the lake. WAYNE E. KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA- Anglers report having some success for rainbow trout from the dam at H eymeadow Reservoir. Largemouth bass fishing has been tapering off as water te continue to drop. I Vegas to Reno Race stirs up dust and excitement by And), Holtmann Those mysterious trails in the desert last Friday Sept. 19, they weren't UFOs and they were not any sort of underground nuclear testing. They were actually more exciting. They were racers, and they were a part of the "Vegas to Reno" off-road race that wound its course through the Nevada desert with two goals in mind: survive and win. Over 400 racers participated in the grueling one day event. Beginning early in the morning at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas, competitors driving specially designed cars, trucks, quads, and motorbikes, all had the checkered flag in mind. Casey Folks, the director of the Best in the Desert Racing Series said the race was one of the best he has seen. In working with various entities such as the Bureau of Land Management and the Peppermill Hotel and Casino in TIGHT TURNS--The off road racers on this course are faced with more than their fair share of challenges. Photo by Andy Holtmann Reno, Folks said the excitement and anticipation ran high. "It turned out very well," Folks said. "The race ended up to be a great financial event for the state as well as an awesome sporting event." The towns of Pahrump, Amargosa Valley, Beatty, Gold- field, Tonopah, and Fallon all saw the racers speed through or near their town. The excitement sparked cheering on- lookers in almost every town and pit stop along the south to north course. Folks said the 545 mile one-way course was designed to have as much variety as possible. Racers had to deal with sand washes, river beds, mountain passes and areas that have not been touched. The event took the efforts of 426 people to be suc- cessful, Folks said. Flag- men, pit crews, sponsors, law enforcement and medical crews were just some of the many people who helped out. "Everyone involved displayed tremendous workmanship," Folks said. "We had two heli- copters and an airplane on hand in case of any seri- ous injuries or problems that might have occurred." Folks said that while there were some injuries, all of them minor, it did not stop the race. Scott Harris, a pit supervisor near Beatty, said that he had not had any major problems. He did say that a motorcycle had flipped end over end, throwing its rider. "He flipped, got back on his bike and rode into the pit area," Harris said. "He switched riders and that particular team went right back into the race." Folks said that the extent of injuries received was not bad at all. He said a broken collarbone and a minor concussion were the only two notable injuries. He also said that the spirit of the race was evident in the racers' actions with each other. "I think you'll find in this sport there is a lot of compe- tition, but just as much or more comraderie," he said. "There were racers who were leading in their class and would stop to help an injured racer. That is the spirit of this sport." After it was all over, the best finishers in each class proved their ability. Here's a look at the best finishers in each class: Professional Vehicles- First Place- Curt LeDuc, John Becka, and P. Michael Humason, driving a Jeep and finishing with a time of 20 hours, 22 minutes and 23 seconds. Second Place- Ed, Tim, and Troy Herbst and A.J. Martin, driving a Ford and finishing with a time of 20:38:35 Third place- M. McMillin, H. Cuadras, A. Anderson, and G. Arnold, driving a Chenowth and finishing with a time of 21:09:38. Quads First Place- Jason Sparks and Eric Dollente, driving a CT/Honda with a time of 19:54:43 Second Place- Greg Gibbs and Troy Phelps, driving a Honda with a time of 20:26:19 Third Place- Rick Wyatt and Steve Abort, driving a Yamaha with a time of 20:29:20 Amateur Motorcycles First Place- James Cope, Jeremy Harmon, and Duane Cope, riding a KTM, with a time of 19:03:25 Second Place- Erik Griffith, Seth Weiner, and Jeff Schoetz, riding a KTM, with a time of 19:03:55 Third Place- Steve Bates, Manny Ornellas, and Mark Harvey, riding a Kawasaki, with a time of 19:08:25 All Motorcycles First Place- Donnie Book and David Ondas, riding a Kawasaki, with a time of 15:45:44 Second Place- Ty Davis and Paul Krause, riding a Kawasaki, with a time of 15:50:46 Third Place- Jamie Campbell and Johnny Campbell riding a Honda, with a time of 15:57:05 Folks said there are plans for another large scale race to take place in the Pahrump area in 1998. He is already working out plans with Terrible's Town Casino to create KEEP ON TRUCKINmlgnoring the pit area, this racer wanted to maintain his lead over the rest of the pack. Photo by Andy Holtmann the Terrible's 200. This would also be an off-road race and would involve motorcycles, quads, and professional ve- hicles. "We have some great races and the Town of Pahrump would surely benefit from a race of this size," Folks said. Folks said he will be making an official announcement at the Chamber of Commerce sometime in the near future.