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More than 100K rainbow trout planted across valley's public fishing ponds

The Nevada Department of Wildlife has planted more than 100,000 rainbow trout for Southern Nevada anglers since November 2017. The agency plants rainbow trout in ponds at Floyd Lamb, Lorenzi, Sunset and Veterans Memorial parks in the Las Vegas area and Hafen Park in Mesquite. (Courtesy NDOW)

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) announced Sunday, Jan. 20, that it has planted more than 100,000 catchable rainbow trout in urban fishing ponds at certain Las Vegas public parks.

NDOW has been working on this project since November 2017, and its aim is to provide more opportunity for local anglers to fish around the valley.

The nearly 17.5 tons of fish were released into fishing ponds at Floyd Lamb Park, Lorenzi Park, Sunset Park in Las Vegas, Veterans Memorial Park in Boulder City and Hafen Park in Mesquite.

Ivy Santee, angler education coordinator for NDOW, said, “Here in Nevada, these urban ponds comprise our most popular fishery. The fish we release into these ponds makes the fishing experience accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. You don’t have to travel far to find one.”

Because rainbow trout is a cold-water species, it can only be planted in the late fall and winter weather, so NDOW plants catfish during the warmer months.

Although the limit at Clark County urban ponds is three fish, anyone can fish, with fishing licenses being required for any angler 12 years of age or older.

Fishing licenses can be purchased at sporting goods stores, the NDOW office, located at 4747 Vegas Drive, or online at the NDOW website.

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