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Saturday, September 19th
9:00am - 12noon
Will you have the winning catch?
Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a special day of fishing competition and fun at Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge. The Carp Rodeo runs from 9 a.m.–noon on September 19th. The day also includes games for kids, gourmet cooked carp, crafts, and a barbecue lunch for the first 150 attendees.
Why remove the carp?
Since their introduction to Nevada waters, carp have spread throughout the state. As bottom feeders, carp stir up materials in search of vegetative roots and insect larvae, making the water muddy. This disrupts the calm, clear environment that native wildlife need to thrive. Carp can grow to an enormous size and destroy habitat by quickly consuming the natural lake vegetation. The state-record carp weighed 34 pounds, 10 ounces, and measured 38 inches in length!
Nevada Department of Wildlife will be providing 100 loaner fishing rods and bait. Those who are 12 and older will need to purchase a fishing license prior to arrival. Please visit
Nevada Department of Wildlife
webpage for more information. (For the safety of participants bow fishing will only be allowed in areas outside of the main competition area located on the cross dike.)
Prizes will be given for the largest catch in youth, junior and adult categories. There will also be a prize for overall most carp caught. This year's prizes were donated by Sportsman's Warehouse. View the prizes on our
Last Updated: Sep 13, 2015
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