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NDOW Releases Fish In Truckee River Early This Year

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Those of you who love to fish, we have some mixed news.

The good news is the Nevada Department of Wildlife is stocking local rivers and ponds with fish earlier than usual this year, but there will be fewer fish.

Chris Healy, with NDOW said this drought will take its toll on the Truckee River before long.

So today they pumped about 3,000 fish into the Truckee River.

"The normal stocking year goes from basically March all the way through October and even early November, in some cases. In this case, we are only going to be able to do it from February until probably early May," said Healy.

If they stock the river with fish this summer, the water flows will be far too low and slow, which also means too warm for the hatchery fish to survive.

Healy said they plan to put about 35,000 fish in the water during the next couple of months, but that's actually half the fish they usually release into the Truckee.

"We need upstream storage, whether it be the natural storage provided by a good snowpack or the water going into our reservoirs. We would just like to have another period of storms that would help fill up those reservoirs and guarantee us at least decent flows into the summer and fall periods."

The Truckee River isn't the only water receiving some fish, local lakes and ponds will be getting some as well.

As far as the Sparks Marina, officials are waiting for oxygen levels to rise before stocking there.

For a complete set of Nevada's angling rules and regulations, consult the Nevada fishing guide http://www.ndow.org/Education/Publications/Fishing_Guide/ which can be found on the NDOW website.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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