News from NDOW

New Native Trout Challenge Kicks Off in 12 Western States

Deep in the West, under a secret rock, in a cool stream, lies a prize worth finding. Anglers of all levels are invited to participate in the Western Native Trout Challenge and put the lure of the West on their bucket list. In addition to earning bragging rights at the Expert, Advanced and Master Levels, participants will help the Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI) conserve 21 species of native trout, forever. The 12 states where these native trout can be found are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The state fish and wildlife agencies in each of the twelve states are partnering on the effort, along with USDA Forest Service, the federal Bureau of Land Management and Trout Unlimited. “The Nevada Department of Wildlife is very excited about the opportunity to partner with WNTI in this exciting new program” said NDOW’s Chief of Fisheries, Jon Sjöberg.  “The Western Native Fish Challenge complements and enhances NDOW’s own Native Fish Slam program and will help anglers better understand and appreciate the importance and conservation of native trout species both in Nevada and throughout the western United States.  We want anglers to get outdoors and experience these wonderful fish and landscapes, and this is another amazing way to do that”. Native trout are the embodiment of the West. The wild rivers, the alpine lakes, and the trickling arroyos — the fiber of Western geography — are the habitat for the redband, the cutthroat, and the Gila. The landscape and lore of the West is that of the trout. The Western Native Trout Challenge invites anglers to help celebrate this legacy by catching native trout and char in each of 12 Western states, at their own pace. There are three levels of achievement: Participants who catch six trout species across four states will earn “Expert Caster” rewards. Those who catch 12 trout species across eight states will earn “Advanced Caster” rewards. And those who catch 18 species across all 12 states will not only enjoy the adventure of a lifetime, they will be designated as a “Master Caster” with rewards to match. Get guidance on which fish to catch and maps on where to find them by signing up each participant at $25 per adult (free for 17 and under) for the program. Sign up at The vast majority (92%) of the fee will help save native trout across the West for generations to come. The Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI) is a program of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and a nationally recognized partnership under the National Fish Habitat Partnership program that works cooperatively across 12 Western states to conserve 21 native trout and char species across their historic range. Since its inception in 2006, WNTI has directed more than $29 million in federal, public and private funds to serve 139 priority native trout conservation projects. WNTI and partners have removed 87 barriers to fish passage, reconnected or improved 1,130 miles of native trout habitat and put in place 30 protective fish barriers to conserve important native trout populations.

NDOW Removes Nonnative Fish from Muddy River

As part of its 5-year effort to protect native fish populations in the Muddy River, including the Moapa dace, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) recently completed a nonnative fish eradication project using the chemical rotenone in the lower section of the river.

Three Men Sentenced for Illegal Bear Killing

A year-long investigation into the illegal poaching of a black bear in the Pinenut Mountains near Dayton has resulted in felony convictions for three men.

Brett K. Jefferson wins Wayne E. Kirch Conservation Award

Notable work and commitment to Nevada’s wildlife will be recognized during the September Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners meeting in Las Vegas when Brett K. Jefferson, of Las Vegas, will receive the Commission’s Wayne E. Kirch Conservation Award.

Jessie Beck Elementary School Fourth-Grade Student wins Nevada Free Fishing Day Poster Contest

Hundreds of drawings were submitted this year to Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) for the annual Nevada Free Fishing Day Poster Contest, but one stood out above the rest. The 2019 Nevada Free Fishing Day Contest winner is Molly Raymond, a fourth-grade student at Jessie Beck Elementary School in Reno. Molly included a letter with her entry in which she described the photo as her and her grandfather (Papa) fishing for Lahontan Cutthroat trout.

Snowbirds Reminded to Have Their Boat Inspected Before Heading Home

If you are one of thousands of “snowbirds” who moved from your home state down to Clark County to avoid the harsh winter, you’re probably getting ready to head back home as the weather starts to warm up. Well, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) wants to remind you to get your watercraft inspected as well as decontaminated before heading home.

Boaters Urged to get Educated before Boating

While it might be a little cold outside, now is the perfect time to enroll in a boating education course before you head out onto the water this spring. The Spring Aboard – Take A Boating Education Course campaign (March 17-23) encourages boaters to get educated prior to the kick-off of the boating season to make the most of your time on the water.

Big Game Tag Application Period Opens March 18

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) is reminding sportsmen that this year’s big game application period is fast approaching. Below are important dates for the 2019 Big Game Application Process.

Nevada Angler Ties 1987 Record for Yellow Perch

Nevada angler John Shorter III has proved yellow perch are making a comeback in Wildhorse Reservoir after tying a record that has been held for more than 30 years.

NDOW to Host 10th Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament

Imagine a line of nearly 200 youthful archers all releasing their arrows toward downrange targets at the same time. In 12 minutes, those archers will shoot a total of 6,000 arrows in one of three flights that will comprise the 2019 annual Nevada National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament.
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