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Outdoors / Operation Game Thief: 1-800-992.3030 Operation Cal- Tip: 1.800.952-5400 Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, November 6, 1997 23 Goose hunting not open in Clark, Lincoln counties Several recent incidents of hunters unlawfully shooting geese has prompted the Nevada Division of Wildlife to re- mind hunters that goose hunting is closed in Clark and Lincoln counties until No- vember 15. A few hunters have been cited by game wardens in recent weeks for un- lawfully harvesting Canada geese in the two southern counties. Most of the prob- lems have been occurring at Key Pittman Wildlife Management Area in Lincoln County and Overton Wildlife Manage- ment Area in Clark County. Goose season opened in all other Ne- vada counties on October 18. Duck hunting is now open in all coun- ties, including Clark and Lincoln. Topaz fishery slowly recovering from winter flood by Chris Heady The 1997 fishing season at Topaz Lake Reservoir really never got off the ground, according to Nevada Division of Wildlife (NDOW). The New Year's Day opening of the fishing season at Topaz coincided with the flood that plagued most of north- western Nevada that same day, and the West Fork of the Walker River, Topaz's source of water, was turned into a raging, muddy torrent. Besides eroding a significant portion of Highway 395 in the Walker Canyon, the West Walker dumped tons of mud into the reservoir. "Topaz remained extremely muddy through- out the year," said NDOW Fisheries Biologist Patrick Sollberger, "and it did not clear up until July." By the time the water did clear up, most anglers had lost interest in Topaz. Those who tried their luck found the trout fishing "poor at best." Sollberger set some gill nets and found few trout among the fish trapped in the nets. What happened to the 50,000 plus fish stocked in late 1996 by Nevada and California? Evidence points to a fish kill brought on by muddy water that persisted far longer than most of the fish could tolerate. "The trout that we did see as a result of our gill netting and those that anglers caught during the spring were not in good body shape," Sollberger said. "I am seeing lots offish on our fish-locating sonar, but they are probably tui chubs. We won't really know how many trout survived until we see if anglers are catching larger, two-year- old fish when the season opens again in January," he said. "If some larger fish are caught, then that means we had some survival from this year." Shortly after the end of the Topaz fishing season in Septem- ber, NDOW and the California Department of Fish and Game began stocking an estimated 76,000 rainbow trout into the reservoir. Sixty thousand will be stocked before New Year's Day. Sollberger said that people should be catching a lot of trout that are from 12-14 inches in length on opening day. NDOW will stock the last 16,000 fish in the early spring of 1998. Topaz Lake is located south of Minden and Gardnerville on the California-Nevada border next to Highway 395. The fishing season runs from January 1, through September 30, each year. Either a Nevada or California fishing license is required for anglers 16 years of age or older who fish at Topaz. Railroad Valley Wildlife Management Area project The Bureau of Land Management, Tonopah Field Station, in cooperation with Ducks Unlimited, Inc., National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Nevada Division of Wildlife, Welsh Engineering Science and Technology, Inc. and Round Moun- tain Gold Corporation, will construct a water delivery system which will supply 500 gallons per minute to the Lockes Pond Complex of the Railroad Valley Wildlife Management Area. This project will benefit waterfowl, shorebirds, and Neotro- pical migratory birds with seasonal and semi-permanent wetlands. The Railroad Valley Wildlife Management Area (RVWMA)is heavily used by waterfowl and shorebirds that migrate between Pahranagat Valley and Ruby Marsh Na- tional Wildlife Refuges. It is also used by a variety of neotropical migratory birds. A 1993 Bureau of Land Man- agement and Ducks Unlimited Challenge Cost-Share Project provided improvements complex that made habitat available for waterfowl and shorebirds during above normal precipitaion years. However, wetland habitats are severely reduced during average and below average precipitation years. The Locke's Pond Complex is unique within the RVWMA in that a potential water source is located approximately two miles from the impoundments. Currently, the majority of this water evaporates or infiltrates before reaching the complex. This project consists of constructing a pipeline near the boundary of the complex of the to collect and transport water to the impoundments. This additional water would allow for increased wetlands habitat diversity and availability for wild- life, particularly in drought years and increase recreational opportunities within Nye County. Fishing Report by Geoff Schnddcr Nevada Division of Wildlife LAKE MEAD - Boaters continue to find good fish- ing for striped bass while the action from shore is finally beginning to improve, according to the Nevada Division of Wil[Uife. Shore anglers report having some success at Govern- ment Wash and Hemenway Harbor. Cut anchovies and live shad are the best baits for taking the small stripers. Boaters are connecting with stripers from Boxcar Cove to Swallow Bay and in open water outside of Crawdad Cove. Las Vegas Wash has also been very productive. Boaters report they have been finding good action in the Echo Bay area. Some stripers are being caught in coves north of Stewart's Point. Largemouth bass fishing is good in coves throughout the lake. The fish are being pulled from brush with a variety of lures including artificial worms, spinners and Sassy Shad. LAKE MOHAVE - Fair action for rainbow trout is still taking place from shore at Willow Beach. Larger trout are being caught by boaters above the marina. Striped bass are being caught by boaters on the Ari- zona side of the lake across from Cottonwood Cove. Anglers are also finding stripers at Cottonwood East and Six Mile Cove. WAYNE E. KIRCH WILDL, tglg MANAGEMENT AREA - Trout fishing has been fair while there has been no success for largemouth bass. Nightcrawlers cast from the dam at Haymeadow Reservoir have been catching rainbows that range from nine to 14 inches. EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR - Fair success con- tinues to take place for stocked rainbow trout. Campers should be prepared for extremely cold temperatures at night. ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR - Fishing has been good for recently planted rainbow trout. Largemouth bass and crappie fishing are poor.