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Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of April 23-30

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, northern California and the Sierra. This Saturday, April 26, 2014 is the opening day for fishing in most California waters. Remember to keep your fishing license in view, the thermos filled with coffee and tight lines all the way.

Outdoors with Don Q: Final reminder to apply for big game hunting tags


This is a final reminder that if you're one of many tens of thousands of big game hunters interested in drawing a 2014 hunting tag for Pronghorn Antelope, Black Bear, Mule Deer, California Bighorn Sheep, Desert (Nelson) Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Elk and Rocky Mountain Goat in the State of Nevada, now is the time to submit your application(s) to hunt one or more of the species listed above.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of April 16-22

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of April 16-22, 2014. Opening day for most fishing on California waterways is Saturday, April 26.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of April 9-15

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of April 9-15, 2014. Opening day for stream and lake fishing along most California waters in Saturday, April 26.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of April 2-8

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of April 2-8, 2014. Opening day for fishing in California is Saturday, April 26.

Don't fence me in, Carson City

These mule deer were among a herd of 19 foraging along John and Curry streets in Carson City early Monday morning.

With the arrival of spring Carson City's population of mule deer are on the move for fresh flowers, leaves and bulbs popping up around the neighborhoods, especially along the west side.

Outdoors with Don Q: It’s that time of the year for Nevada big game hunters

This is a reminder that if you're one of many tens of thousands of big game hunters interested in drawing a 2014 hunting tag for Pronghorn Antelope, Black Bear, Mule Deer, California Bighorn Sheep, Desert (Nelson) Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Elk and Rocky Mountain Goat in the State of Nevada, be advised it is now time to submit your application(s) to hunt one or more of the big game species.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of March 26 to April 2

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of March 26 through April 2, 2014.

Recent fish plants in Western Nevada by NDOW

Here are the most recent fish plants in Western Nevada by the Nevada Department of Wildlife:

Mar. 19: Cave Rock Landing at Lake Tahoe: 2,940 rainbows: 10.1 inches.
Mar. 19: Cave Rock Landing at Lake Tahoe: 1,608 rainbows: 9.8 inches.
Mar. 20: Wall Canyon Reservoir in Northern Washoe County: 4,136 rainbows: 9.8 inches.
Mar. 20 Paradise Pond in Reno: 498 rainbows: 9.8 inches.
Mar. 20: Truckee River in Washoe County: 6,200 rainbows: 9.3 inches.

For information, call the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) Headquarters in Reno at 688-1500 during regular business hours.

NDOW sponsors March 26 tag application workshops

Sportsmen who want to learn more about Nevada’s big game management programs and the annual tag application process can attend a free informational workshop hosted by the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

Information on big game management, tag quotas and allocations, draw odds, harvest data, bonus points, common application errors and the computerized draw will be presented. New procedures for this year’s drawing will also be discussed.

Sportsman groups offer prizes to Nevada big game hunters in Silver State Tag drawings

No offense, but if you don’t put in for a Silver State Tag when the big game application period opens on Monday, you must not like hunting very much.

The Silver State Tag already allows hunters the chance to hunt one of four premier big game species (mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, Nelson (desert) bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope) anywhere in the state, but now you also have the chance to win thousands of dollars of hunting gear as well.

Topaz Lake gets stocked with fresh rainbow trout

Topaz Lake is located at the Nevada/California state line on U.S. 395, about 40 miles south of Carson City.
Monday, March 17 was a chilly, very windy, white-capped day at the lake.

Elaine and I were there to take photos of the low water levels caused by our on-going drought, and we got some unexpected, bonus photos of fish being planted.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of March 19-25

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of March 19-25, 2014.

ADOBE POND, CALIF:
Closed until Saturday, April 26, 2014.

ALMANOR LAKE, CALIF:
Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association (530-365-7500) (www.shastacascade.com) reports:
Fishermen are reporting that the north fork is a bit clearer.
You may have fair catches from Canyon Dam to Lake Cove this week.
Courtesy of Almanor Fishing Adventures.

ANGEL LAKE, ELKO COUNTY, NEV:

NDOW: Bears to emerge from their dens soon

Mid-March is the time for black bears to emerge from their dens and begin their annual search for food. The first bears to emerge are usually males and females who do not have cubs. Females with cubs usually emerge from the den later in the spring, from mid-April to early May.

“The bears are ready to eat as they emerge from their long winter’s nap,” says biologist Carl Lackey. “They will eat emergent grasses and forbs and will also key in on the carrion of dead and decaying animals that died over the winter period.”

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of March 11-17

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of March 11-17, 2014:

Birds on view in family program at Nevada State Museum March 8

Event Date: 
March 8, 2014 - 10:00am

Jenni Jeffers will present “Owls in Nevada” from 1-2 pm, Saturday, March 8 at the Nevada State Museum’s Family Fun Saturday program. A biologist for the Nevada Department of Wildlife, Jeffers will bring some of the live owl species native to Nevada and explain their life history.

Tickets are available at 9 a.m. The museum will offer a science activity from 10 a.m. to noon in the Discovery Lab, that includes examples of bird’s nests, feathers and eggs, and an opportunity to dissect an owl pellet.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of March 6

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of March 6-12, 2014.

Outdoors with Don Q: The new Nevada fishing license year

If you’re a fisherman or fisherwoman, it’s that time of the year to remind you to purchase your Nevada 2014-2015 fishing license. That new fishing license year begins on March 1 and will run through the last day in February, 2015.

As a special tip you would be well advised to purchase that new license ASAP, because if you forget, go fishing after March 1 and get checked by “The Friendly Old Game Warden,” he isn’t going to be happy nor will you.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for the week of Feb. 27

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of Feb. 27, 2014. As a reminder, the new fishing license year for Nevada begins on March 1.

Man convicted, sentenced for deer poaching

A Las Vegas man was convicted of possession of a big game animal without a valid tag, a gross misdemeanor, in the Seventh Judicial District Court Feb. 14.

Nerces Sarkis Himidian, 68, was ordered upon conviction to pay a $1,000 fine and $2,500 in civil penalties to the Operation Game Thief program.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Feb. 19-25

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of Feb. 19-25, 2014.

Game biologist Shawn Espinosa named NDOW Professional of the Year

If you were able to stop by the Nevada Department of Wildlife headquarters office in Reno in the early morning hours before the doors open to the public at 8 a.m. you would most likely find Shawn Espinosa, wildlife staff specialist responsible for the Upland Game Program, at his desk.

The same would be true if you poked your head in his door well after closing. After a while you would have to wonder, “Does this guy ever go home?”

Nevada wildlife implements boating decal program, enforcement begins

The Nevada Department of Wildlife has announced the full implementation of the Aquatic Invasive Species Watercraft Decal Program, developed more than a year ago to fund prevention efforts against aggressive invasive species, such as quagga and zebra mussels.

Don Q's fishing Nevada and Northern California fishing report for Feb. 12-18

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of Feb. 12-18, 2014.

Nevada Wildlife Commission sets 2014 big game seasons

When the Nevada State Board of Wildlife Commissioners met recently in Las Vegas, its members tackled an agenda that included the establishment of big game hunting seasons for 2014 into 2015, including several “antlerless elk management” hunts that allow for combination deer and cow elk tags, combination bull elk and cow elk tags, spike elk hunts and Nevada’s fourth bear hunt.

Also on the agenda was the removal of fishing tackle restrictions on certain spans of the Truckee River.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program recognized by U.S. Interior Department

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Bootstraps Program has received the 2013 Partners in Conservation Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior, one of only 20 programs across the nation to receive this award for achievements in conservation of natural resources that include collaborative activity among a diverse range of entities.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Feb. 5-11

Here is the latest fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of Feb. 5-11, 2014.

Outdoors with Don Q: 2014 fishing seasons open Feb. 8

This is an annual reminder for fishing in nearby waters: Feb. 8 is the opening day of the 2014 fishing seasons for the following waters in Lyon County:

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Jan. 30 to Feb. 5

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of Jan. 30 through Feb. 4, 2014. The snow is a welcome relief for drought conditions affecting the regional water ways. We hope it continues.

Two face trial in Lake Tahoe bear trap tampering case

A mother and daughter are set to go to trial in April on charges they illegally tampered with a bear trap at Lake Tahoe.

Cheryl Ann Morrison, 63, of Truckee and her daughter, 35-year-old Season Marie Morrison of Reno, pleaded innocent Tuesday in Incline Village Justice Court to misdemeanor charges of obstructing or interfering with an officer of the Nevada Department of Wildlife and tampering with a vehicle. Trial was set for April 9.

Don Q's fishing report for week of Jan. 22-28, 2014

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of Jan. 22-28, 2014.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Jan. 15-21, 2014

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of Jan. 15-21, 2014.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Jan. 9-14

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of January 9, 2014.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Jan. 1-7

Here is this week's fishing report of rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of Jan. 1-7, 2014. Wednesday, Jan. 1 is opening day at Topaz Lake. More than 50,000 fish have been stocked by Nevada in advance of the opener.

Feeding wildlife not only wrong, but illegal in Nevada

For years now, the Nevada Department of Wildlife has been telling the public to not feed wildlife. While there are many reasons why you should never feed wildlife, NDOW would like to point out the newest addition to the list: feeding big game mammals is now against the law.

Lake Tahoe boat inspection program continues success in fighting invasive species

With more than 14,000 inspections made thus far, Lake Tahoe’s waters remain free of new invasive species, a major threats to the overall health of Lake Tahoe and surrounding water bodies, according to watercraft inspection data and scientific reports.

During the 2013 boating season Tahoe Resource Conservation District watercraft inspectors performed more than 7,000 new inspections, including both newly inspected vessels and those with intact Tahoe-issued inspection seals.

Topaz Lake opens for fishing season on New Year's Day

This is a reminder that Topaz Lake, which is located along U.S. 395 at the Nevada-California state line, opens its 2014 fishing season on January 01.
 Here's some information that might entice you to travel there to fish.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Dec. 26-31

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of Dec. 26-31, 2013.

NDOW: Lake Tahoe bears at Incline Village still active as Christmas approaches

It has been a busy week at Incline Village on the north shore of Lake Tahoe for Nevada Department of Wildlife game wardens dealing with nuisance bears. On Thursday, NDOW euthanized a 263-pound male black bear and on Sunday a bear was released in the wild south of Gardnerville.

The euthanized bear was positively identified as one that had been breaking into and entering cars, at least one home and some garages in an Incline neighborhood, according to a Nevada Department of Wildlife news release.

Outdoors with Don Q: Topaz Lake to open to fishing on New Years Day

This is my annual pre-Christmas reminder that Topaz Lake, which is located along U.S. 395 at the Nevada-California state line, will open its 2014 fishing season, one half hour before sunrise, on Wednesday, January 1.


If the weather is decent, if you don't have a massive hang-over, if you like to fish and if you don't have anything else planned, this could be a fun way to start the New Year. Are you interested?

Don Q's weekly fishing report for Nevada and Northern California waters

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and Sierra. This report is for the week of Dec. 18-24.

Nevada's Cooperative Extension to test large-scale production, use of biochar in Eureka County

RENO, Nev. – University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, with other partners, is embarking on a large-scale three-year project to find more efficient ways to increase water conservation and plant growth, and decrease the release of fossil fuel in the Great Basin.

Outdoors with Don Q: 2014 California fishing license costly but still worth it

This is a reminder that if you are planning to fish in the State of California in 2014, be aware that you will need a new license as of January 01. You can purchase that license and any applicable stamps at a number of local outlets or on the Internet.

If you need to buy a license and stamps, here is some info:

Don Q's Nevada and northern California fishing report for week of Dec. 11-17

Here's this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, northern California and the Sierra, including Lake Tahoe.

Your best bet, at least for now, is to stay off any ice until it is determined the ice is thick enough to hold human weight. Ice fishing reports should trickle in over the coming weeks. This report is for the week of Dec. 11-17.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Dec. 4

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of Dec. 4.

Don Q's Nevada and California fishing report for week of Nov. 27

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of Nov. 27.

14 bears killed so far in Nevada bear hunt

Hunters have killed 14 black bears in Nevada so far this year. The Nevada Department of Wildlife says six have been killed west of U.S. 395 since the season began Sept. 15.

Oh Deer: Families of bucks, does and fawns look for forage in Carson City neighborhoods

Here are some close-up photographs of mule deer found foraging for food among Carson City's west side back, front and side yards. Nevada has an estimated population of 110,000 to 112,000 mule deer, according to the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

Since early fall there have been a handful of deer colliding with cars resulting in some fatalities. When driving along dark streets, motorists are urged to look for deer crossings through neighborhood roadways and yards.

Don Q's fishing report for week of Nov. 20-27

Here is this week's fishing report of rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and southern Oregon. This report is for the week of Nov. 20-27. Many California mountain waterways are closed for the season but a few remain open for fishing.

Nevada Department of Wildlife traps two bears, releases them back into the wild this weekend

A bear captured Friday in Carson City was released back into the wild south of Gardnerville on Saturday and an 8-year-old female bear captured Saturday in Zephyr Cove was released Sunday, according to the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

NDOW and biologist Carl Lackey were assisted this weekend by personnel from the Montana-based Wind River Bear Institute of Florence, which also brought a bear dog, Soledad, with them. Soledad assisted Lackey's own dog, Rooster, with the releases.

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