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PAHRANAGAT NWR: A Second Successful Carp Rodeo
California-Nevada Offices , April 28, 2012
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This new fisherman caught his first three fish!
This new fisherman caught his first three fish! - Photo Credit: USFWS
Teaching the next generation!
Teaching the next generation! - Photo Credit: USFWS
Kid’s activities and a barbeque lunch sponsored by the Southern Nevada Conservancy and the Friends of Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Kid’s activities and a barbeque lunch sponsored by the Southern Nevada Conservancy and the Friends of Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex. - Photo Credit: USFWS

By Angelina Yost, Visitor Services

Families from Alamo, Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada came to fish and have fun at the Carp Rodeo on Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge. The purpose of the event was to teach the public about the problems of invasive carp in the waters of the refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), the Southern Nevada Agency Partnership, and the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) teamed up to host the event.

NDOW provided loaner rods and reels for those who did not bring or have their own. Service and NDOW personnel offered information about native and non-native fish species in the Pahranagat Valley. Fifteen representatives of the Nevada Naturalist Program also assisted with the event. Many volunteers were on hand to help teach children how to fish. The day also included a nature walk, kid’s activities, and a barbeque lunch sponsored by the Southern Nevada Conservancy and the Friends of Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Senaida Sanchez won the award in the youth category (kids 11 and under) for the largest fish, 20 inches in length and weighing 3.64 pounds. In the junior category (ages 12-15), Caleb Hansen caught a 2.45 pound fish that was 18 inches in length. Raul Montes won the prize for the largest fish caught by an adult at 2.39 pounds 18.25 inches. Eric Hansen caught a total of four fish, winning the prize for the most fish caught. In total, 27 fish were caught during the fishing contest. Thanks to Bass Pro Shop for assisting with the prizes.


Contact Info: Angelina Yost, 702-515-5453, angelina_yost@fws.gov



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