Nevada Department of Wildlife
Oxbow Nature Study Area
Invites you to a
Community Trout Release
What: The Nevada Department of Wildlife has been working with more than 140 schools throughout the state as part of our Trout in the Classroom program. Now that all of the locally participating school have raised and released their own trout, we will release the remaining fingerling trout that have been reared at the Oxbow Nature Study Area. Help us release these trout into the Truckee River and participate in some watershed education activities along the riverside trail.
When: Saturday, April 9th, 2016. Two releases and associated activities will be facilitated at the Oxbow Nature Study Area at 10:00 am and 2:00pm. The visitor center will also be open from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Where: Oxbow Nature Study Area, 3100 Dickerson Rd. Reno, NV
Why: You see the Truckee River run through the middle of Reno, learn more about the creatures that live under the water.
Who: Dr. Tricia Dutcher, Wildlife Educator for the Nevada Department of Wildlife and Jessica Heitt, Urban Wildlife Coordinator.
Free public program and Open House
Background: In the summer last year, the river’s flow got down to 10 cfs in some spots. That means the water level was low, the temperature was high, the oxygen levels were low, and the trout were struggling. The Nevada department of Wildlife have a Rest Your River campaign where we asked anglers to not fish after 11 am to allow the fish that were struggling with the high temperatures to not be further stressed by fishing activities. But now with our winter weather helping out, the flow is up to 1,000 cfs in spots. The temperature is back down to 40 degrees F, and the trout are happily spawning. In addition, NDOW has been stocking the river with trout we have raised in a hatchery. At Oxbow, we have been releasing rainbow trout with the schools that have been raising them in fish tanks in their classrooms, and we are inviting the community to come out for our last release on Saturday, April 9th. We will do a release at 10 am and 2 pm. During each of those releases, participants will get their very own trout to be released into the river and participate in aquatic education activities that explore our watershed and trout habitat. Feel Free to come out and check out the event.