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Angling for a new destination

by Scott Neuffer

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the Mitch Drive Park fishing pond is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The public is invited to attend the official dedication of what has become one of the most diverse fisheries in Carson Valley.

“The kids have something to do when school’s out,” said Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District Manager Bob Spellberg. “The fish taste great.”

Spellberg would know. He said he’s been fishing the pond during his lunch break.

“I see families out there fishing,” he said. “It seems like a neat thing for the community.”

The Nevada Department of Wildlife has already planted the waters with more than 2,000 rainbow trout, 500 brown trout, and 100 tiger trout, Spellberg said. The latter species is a hybrid of brown and brook trout. Minnows have also been planted to help sustain the brown trout, which can grow very large.

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Spellberg was hopeful the department would be planting large-mouth bass this month, and catfish and bluegill in June.

Representatives from NDOW will be attending the May 22 ceremony, he said, and likely planting more rainbow trout at that time.

“The erosion control is complete,” Spellberg said. “The grass is sparse but growing. We’ve put in 15 blaze maples and 53 Austrian pines around the outside, and benches in the handicap area. We’re in the process of receiving picnic tables, and we’ll put those fairly close, and Wednesday (May 9) we’ll be awarding the bid for the gazebo.”

Construction of the pond was partially funded through an NDOW State Question No. 1 match grant, which contributed $281,250. The Carson Valley Chukar Club donated $2,000 as well.

For more information about the pond, call 265-2048.

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