ALAMO — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), Friends of Desert Wildlife Refuges, and the Nevada Naturalist Program are joining forces for  the fourth annual Carp Rodeo at the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge. The Carp Rodeo, a special day of public fishing and fun, is a unique part of the Service’s habitat restoration initiative focused on removal of invasive carp from the waters on the wildlife refuge.

 This year’s Carp Rodeo is scheduled for Saturday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to noon, and is free of charge. The event will be based in the day-use area at Upper Pahranagat Lake, which is located three miles north of the wildlife refuge headquarters. The day-use area is adjacent to US 93, five minutes south of Alamo, and just an hour-and-a-half north of Las Vegas. NDOW will provide loaner rods and reels to the first 100 people on hand who do not bring or have their own fishing gear.

Prizes will be awarded for the largest and most carp caught. The day also includes carnival games, archery, a chance to taste gourmet prepared carp, and a grilled hot dog or veggie-burger lunch for the first 150 participants.

State fishing regulations will be in force, so anyone aged 12 and over who wants to fish must have a current Nevada fishing license. Anglers can buy a license from an authorized retailer or on-line at www.ndow.org. For Nevada residents, a one-day license costs $9, while an annual fishing license costs $13 for persons 12 through 15 years of age and $29 for persons 16 years of age or older. Those who qualify for an annual senior license pay $13.

For more details, contact Tim Parker at (775) 725-3417 x303.