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Drought Could Impact Fishing, This Summer

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The ongoing drought is affecting water levels around the west. That is not having much of an impact on fishing, right now. But that is likely to change as we head through the summer. Truckee River flows are a lot lower than we would normally expect this time of the year, but the water temperatures are still cool enough for the fish.

"I've seen the river lower than this before, having worked in Reno for 20 years," Tom Doherty, Reno Resident said. "And it's getting to where it was bad, like in the 90s."

The drought forced the Nevada Department of Wildlife to stock trout in the Truckee River, in early February.  That is about a month earlier than normal.

"We had to accelerate the stocking schedule because we know it would be difficult flows in places like the Truckee River, once we got into early summer," Chris Healy, Spokesman for NDOW said.

So far, fishing is holding strong.  That's good news for businesses like the Reno Fly Shop.  The store has been located just up the street from the river, in downtown Reno, for one year.

"We're taking advantage of the river, our proximity to the river," Jim Litchfield, Owner of the Reno Fly Shop said. "We have a lot of classes and events happening in and around the shop, all summer long. So, we're taking advantage of some great weather and great opportunities."

The question is how long the good conditions will last in the river, with the hot summer months just around the corner.

"Now is the time to go out and fish because once we get into those mid-90s temperatures, it will be very difficult to go out and catch fish," Healy said.

That doesn't mean it will be a bad year for fishing.  It just means you might have to find other alternatives.  Low water flows and warm water temperatures put stress on the fish, and could require adjustments.

"If we lay off the trout fishing, there's other opportunities," Litchfield said. "There's carp-fishing on the river and some of the local urban ponds, as well as the local reservoirs."

During a normal year, people can have pretty good luck, fishing the Truckee River every month of the year.  Healy says the fall is one of the best times for anglers, but that probably won't be the case, this year.

Written by Paul Nelson

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