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Outdoors / Operation Game Thief" 1-800-992-3030 Operation Cal- Tip: 1-800.952.5400 if I I Mammoth Lakes Region M>I.5 DEC 1997 FEB MAR APR Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, November 13, 1997 23 i I I I I I ,I MAY dUN JUL AUG SEP OCT 100 0 0 NOV g ! Satuyo- l el ay !I m, withdion l = O i oners can vote to J allow the uSof nonmai sight tubes dng I turke) on EARTHQUAKES CONTINUE m Swarms of minor earthquakes have continued in the past week in the Mammoth Lakes region. The chart above shows activity for the past year. Activity resumed in the region on July 7,1997 and has continued since. The U.S. Geological Survey states that these swarms have occasionally appeared in the region since a large sequence ofearthquakes in 1980. U.S.G.S. graphic Earthquake activity continues There has been continued earthquake activity in southcentral Nevada since the 5.3 quake of Sunday, Nov. 2. Several hundred afiershocks from that quake have occurred, the most recent a 3.8 recorded by U.S. Geological Survey instruments on November 9 at 5:36. A 4.3 earthquake occurred just south of the Nevada border and about 35 miles southwest of Goldfield on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 3:00 p.m. The earthquake swarms occurring in Mammoth Lakes increased in number, well over 200, however there were no quakes above magnitude 3. warns of mercury contamination Bm'ean aannouneed he has asked threein,,_nd_ent fact finders to analyze specific issues related tothe BLM's wild horse and  procure. The fact finders, who are volunteering their time and will not receive compensation, include an accountant, a veterinarian, and a newspaper editor: 'lese three people are among the best in their fields," Shea said. "My goal is to strengthen the program by first having a thorough and sound analysis of various aspects of the program. I am delighted that the fact finders have agreed to help the BLM and I am grateful for their assistance." The wee fact finders include: Stuart Finley, a certified public accodntant with the firm of Riptey Dora and Company of Nampa, Idaho. He will be reviewing the BLM's methods and procedures used to inventory wild horse and burro pop,a_tions on BLM-managed lands; the administration of BLM s wild horse and burro adoption program; the BLM's record-keeping procedures related to transferring title of wild horses and burros toprivateowners; and thoagency's methods of auditing adopters' compliance with laws related to wild horses and burros. Matthew Madkay-Smith, a veterinarian in White Post. Virginia, will reviewpopulation control options suchas birth control for wild horses and burros O n the range; a way to achieve the appropriate management levels of wild horses and burros receiving human care. Jay SheUedy, ediax of the "Salt Lake Tribune" in Salt Lake by David IL Rice Based on information obtained from Nevada Division of State Health, the state's Division of Wildlife (NDOW) is recommending that anglers not consume any fish from the Carson River-downstream from Dayton- including Lahontan Reservoir and all waters in Lahontan Valley, due to high levels of mercury in fish from the reservoir. According to Nevada Division of State Health, elevated mercury levels found in recently examined fish from these waters pose a health hazard to humans. Mercury levels were found to be much higher than when last checked. NDOW will propose to include such a warning in its fishing seasons and egulatio broche when fishfn4frec- ommendations for the next two years arepresnted t the Nevada Wildlife Commission on Sept. 27. A health advisory concerning the consumption of fish from the lower Carson River system has been included in the regulations brochure since 1986. The most recent advisory suggested adults consume no more than eight ounces offish from these waters a month, with children and pregnant women under tighter restrictions. An estimated 7,500 tons of mercury entered the Carson River in the vicinity of Dayton during the middle to late 1800's when gold and silver ore from Virginia City and other nearby areas was processed at many stamp mills along the river. The mercury was used to extract the valuable minerals from the crushed ore. Processed ore was dumped directly into the river. It is expected that high water flows down the Carson for the last three years carried a large amount of mercury into Lahontan Reservoir, and this ultimately ends up in the flesh offish as methyl and dimethyl mercury in the various waters. Fish examined by State Health contained mercury levels approximately twice as high as when last examined, leading to the warning that no fish should be consumed. Fishing will continue to be allowed in Lahontan reservoir and the other waters included in the warning, but anglers will need to return the fish to the water. Other NDOW recommendations call for opening Catnip Reservoir to limited catch and release fishing only, Sept. 1- Nov.15 beginning next year. This small reservoir, on the Shpldon National Antelope Refuge in northern Washoe Coun- ties, has been used by the NDOW as a brood stock reservoir where cutthroat trout eggs are harvested annually. Although the need for cutthroat trout eggs is not what it was in he past, allowing the use of only lures or flies with single barbless hooks will allow fish to be returned safely to the water while maintaining ample brood stock for limited annual egg harvest, according to NDOW. , In an attempt toincrease the size and uality of brook trout in Hobaet Resetvoirabove Carson City, NDOW will ecom- mendrelaxing tish limits. The cment three trDut limf, with a minimum size limit of 12 inches, will become a five fish limit, with only one fish allowed to be larger than 14 inches. If adopted by the commission, the NDOW believes this proposal will reduce the brook trout population and competi- tion for limited food, resulting in larger fish in the future. Although Nevada's population of bull trout has not been listed as endangered, many other populations of this rare fish in the Pacific Northwest have been, and recommendations call for a zero limit on these fish in the West and East Forks of the Jarbidge River in northeastern Nevada. Nevada's bull trout population represents the southern- most distribution of this species within its current range, according to NDOW. Because of the heightened interest, fisheries biologists believe it is prudent that the harvest of the bull trout be restricted, while still allowing anglers to fish for and catch this species. The NDOW will propose an "artificial lures with single barbless hooks only" regulation at Schroeder Reservoir and adjacent Beaver Dam Creek in Lincoln County. In Clark County, a recommendation to open the Lake Mead Hatchery outflow stream will be made. Proposal to lower the trout limits at Bilk Creek Reservoir in Humboldt county, Tonkin Springs Creek in Eureka County, and Smith Creek Reservoir and Smith Creek in Lander County will also be presented to the commission for review. Fishing Kevort by Geoff Sckneider Nevada Division of Wildle LAKE MEAD - Striped bass fishing continues to improve, while excellent action for largemouth bass is being found in the Overton Arm, according to the Nevada Division of Wildlife. Some of the better success for stripers is taking place at Gypsum Wash, Echo Bay, the back of Las Vegas Wash and around the tires at Las Vegas Bay Marina. There have been reports of stripers breaking the surface at Hemenway Harbor. Large stripers have been repormd at Government Wash. One shore angler said he had his line stripped offby abig fish. The south side of Saddle Cove has been closed because of potential hazards caused by construction activity. LAKE MOHAVE - Rainbow trout fishing remains fair to good above Willow Beach Marina. A pair of boaters said they caught trout up to 11 inches last week. Striped bass fishing has been good for boaters who are fishing across lake from Cottonwood Cove. Cottonwood East and the area from Owl's Point to Aztec Wash are also productive. WAYNE E. KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA - Cool weather and good action for rainbow trout are being found at Cold Springs and Haymeadow Reservoirs. Largemouth bass fishing is very slow. EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR- Despite cold evening temperatures, the lake is free of ice. Fishing has only been fair for stocked rainbow trout. ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR. Fair to good suc- cess is taking place for rainbow trout. Largemouth bass and crappie fishing are slow.