Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge works closely
with the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) office in Elko, NV to help
provide hunting and fishing opportunities in northeastern Nevada. Gallagher Fish Hatchery, which is located on
the Refuge and run by NDOW, furnishes many of the sportfish for a huge area. The cold, clear spring waters emanating from
the base of the Ruby Mountains are ideal for raising several species of trout,
which are then trucked all over northeastern Nevada. The Hatchery operates under an agreement
between the Service and NDOW. If you
have ever fished at places like Angel Lake near Wells, NV, chances are you have
caught fish raised at Gallagher Fish Hatchery.
Each year, the Refuge staff participates in the annual fishing derby
held at Angel Lake.
The Service and NDOW also coordinate in setting
hunting seasons for waterfowl on the Refuge, and also in managing fishery
resources. NDOW monitors the population
levels, and sets the season, size, and bag limits for sportfish on the Refuge
through an approved fisheries management plan.
The Refuge and NDOW fisheries biologists also collaborate in restoring
rare and imperiled species. They are
currently cooperating in restoring relict dace, the original native fish
species of Ruby Valley, to specific water bodies, where they should be able to
expand their population. Service biologists
also work with NDOW to monitor and manage sage grouse populations in Ruby