CARSON CITY — A recent change in Nevada’s fishing regulations has relaxed hook restrictions, allowing for the use of barbed hooks on any legal bait for the Andorno Creek, Colman Creek and North Fork of Battle Creek, all in Humboldt County. Previously, the regulation allowed for only the use of single barbless hooks for fishing these waters.
“Years ago we relocated wild Lahontan cutthroat trout to these waters to reintroduce a native species,” said Mark Warren, Fisheries Division chief for the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). “Until the population was sustainable we allowed only the use of single barbless hooks. Now that the Lahontan cutthroat trout population is stable, that restriction has been lifted.”
NDOW also wants the public to be aware that the 2012 Nevada Fishing Guide incorrectly lists last year’s regulation that still includes the restriction to single barbless hooks. These waters fall under the general fishing regulations for Humboldt County, which allows for the limit of five trout and 15 warmwater game fish of which not more than five many be black bass and five may be walleye.
“Now is a great time to start fishing many of Nevada’s waters,” Warren said. “With fishing season just beginning and less restrictive regulations, we encourage anglers to go buy a fishing license and get out on the water.”
A fishing license can be purchased online at www.ndowlicensing.com or at any NDOW office or license agent. Nevada residents can purchase an annual fishing license for $29 and a Nevada trout stamp for $10. A one-day/short-term fishing permit costs $9.
For more information, visit www.ndow.org.