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Joe’s Fishing Hole: Be wary of boats at yard sales

We are not only well into the fishing season, but the yard sale season as well. Over the past couple of weeks, several individuals have tried to title and register boats that were bought at yard sales from private individuals, and in one case, from a dealer out of state. In each instance, they didn’t have the appropriate paperwork to get the job done.

Nevada is a title state for boats. That means that in order to transfer ownership of a vessel, there are specific requirements for the new owner to obtain a title. Boats purchased at yard and estate sales are the most troublesome. Often the seller may not have the title, or in the case of a non-title state, the manufacturer’s statement of origin (MSO) to make that transfer. These boats are often priced very low to make the boat more appealing.

In the case of estate sales, the person selling the boat may not even have legal ownership of it. One case, a couple of years ago, involved an uncle who gave a boat inherited from a grandfather to a nephew who sold it to a Nevada resident. The Nevadan spent a month tracking down the uncle who hadn’t changed the title to his name after inheriting the boat before giving it to his nephew. Much time and a lot of money in travel was involved to get the proper documentation.

A couple of weeks ago a couple came in with a boat bought out of state from a dealer who said they didn’t need anything other than a bill of sale to title and register it in Nevada. Out of state dealers are generally are not up-to-date on what other states require for titling and registration. The couple had to contact the dealer and get additional paperwork to properly title and register the boat in Nevada and missed a couple of weeks of boating. Needless to say, they were very disappointed.

If you are buying a boat, it is recommended that you go to and then select the link to titling and registration. There, potential boat owners can see what is required to title and register a boat in Nevada under different scenarios. Go armed with this information before heading out to buy a watercraft.

Remember, if it appears that the deal on a boat is too good to be true, it just very well might be. Buyers, beware!

There is a free introduction to fly fishing clinic on Thursday and May 30 in Elko and three spots have opened up. On Thursday, the class is from 6-8 p.m. and covers casting and knots. On May 30, the class is on the water at South Fork from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is equipment available for loan, so you can still participate even if you own no fishing equipment at all. If you have ever wanted to learn to fly fish, this is your chance. Call 777-2305 to sign up or for information.


Not a lot of change here as fishing is fair for numbers and good for quality with fish averaging 18 to 22 inches in length. With the water level at about 20 percent and unsettled weather, not many anglers have taken the trip to Wild Horse. Bait anglers are having the best luck with a worm/marshmallow combination, followed by sparkle PowerBait in rainbow or sherbet colors. Flyrodders are using wooly buggers, leeches, copper Johns, PT nymphs, prince nymphs and hares ears. The best areas seem to be on the east side of the lake along the beach to the north of the state park boat ramp, the mouth of Hendricks Arm, the last cove before the canyon and the canyon by the dam. Trout have been observed trying spawn on the west side of the lake and a few anglers have been taking advantage of this. A few wipers have been caught recently. No reports on where or with what presentations. The limits are back on at Wild Horse Reservoir. Make sure you check the current Nevada Fishing Guide for current regulations and limits. NDOW biologists will re-evaluate the limits as water conditions warrant.


Unsettled weather continues to result in unsettled fishing. Sherbet, rainbow, and Chartreuse PowerBait along with worms are what most anglers have been using, with the PowerBait appearing to catch more fish. Flyrodders have been having luck with smaller flies such as hares ears, prince nymphs, black micro leeches and copper Johns in sizes 14 to 18. Once the weather clears and the water warms up a bit, expect damsels to start hatching over the next few weeks and damselfly nymphs will soon be a great selection here. Nice sized trout have been caught at the north end of the lake on either side of the dam. Trout fishing continues to be good from the main boat ramp cove to the dam on the east side of the lake as well as the last couple of coves on the west side before the spillway. The south end of the lake right below the culverts has also produced some nice fish. The south end of the lake near the buoys that mark the no wake zone is also producing a few trout and wipers. Bass are showing up in the creel more as the water temperature approaches 60 degrees. Once it hits the magical 60-degree mark, expect bass fishing to get good. Both smallmouth and largemouth are being caught on the east shore from the main boat ramp cove south to Tomera Cove and on the flats on the west side of the lake north of Jet Ski Beach. Black bass may not be kept until July 1 and must be returned to the water immediately upon catching. However, one wiper 15 inches or larger may be kept.


This report is going to sound exactly like last week, and the week before. The recent precipitation may have the road muddy, so care should be taken if traveling here for the next few days. The lake is spilling, but the fishing below the spillway is just fair. Shore fishing on the lake along the western shore has been fair to good depending upon the day. You can launch a boat now. NDOW expects to stock between 40,000 and 50,000 fish this year due to improved water conditions. This lake should be stocked once it stops spilling. That may occur sometime over the next couple of weeks.


Fishing is still fair to good for trout depending upon the day, the angler and where you are fishing along the collection ditch. The go-to fly seems to be the hares ear, with the pheasant tail nymph close behind. Also, wooly buggers and flies that have some red in them also seem to be working. For spin fishermen the usual assortment of small spinners and minnow type lures are all effective here. The ditch is artificial lures and flies only and wading is not allowed in the ditch. Don’t expect to find fish in the units due to low water levels. The marsh doesn’t open to boats until June 15, when boats with electric motors only will be allowed in the south marsh.


Jakes Creek has been fishing fair to good for 9- to 14- inch trout. Surface water temps are in the mid 50s and the water is fairly clear. A few weeds are just starting to show up, so get the shore fishing in while you can. The usual assortment of wooly buggers, hares ears, copper Johns and PT nymphs should all work. PowerBait, worms and small spinners should be used by spin fishermen.


Water levels at Cold Creek are good and fishing has been productive. On warmer days fish are hitting on dry flies, especially midmorning and midafternoon. Fly fishermen should use Adams, Griffiths gnats, elk hair caddis, mosquito and royal coachmen for dry flies. For nymphs turn to hares ears, copper Johns, prince nymphs and zug bugs. Damsels will work here as soon as the water temp gets into the 60s. The usual assortment of worms, marshmallows, PowerBaits, small spinners and lures should also work.


Fishing continues to be good for fish in the 9- to 12- inch range. The usual small spinners, PowerBait and worms should all work. Fly rodders should be using hare’s ears, PT, prince, copper Johns, zug bugs and small wooly and crystal buggers. On warm afternoons when the midges are hatching, Griffith’s gnats, Adams, elk hair caddis and other popular dry flies in sizes 12 to 18 are worth a try. Cave Lake was stocked with approximately 3,200 fish two weeks ago.


The lake level is still low at below 10 percent of capacity, but is very slowly replenishing. However, if the weatherman is correct and it rains for a few days, this should help. Fish should be concentrated and fishing should be good once the front moves through and the water temp starts to rise again. The usual assortment of worms, artificial baits, spinners and lures should all work. Fly rodders should be using wooly and seal buggers, hares ears, PT nymphs, hares ears and copper Johns.


There is construction on the road up to Angel Lake and as of the writing of this report, it was still closed due to this. The road should be open for the weekend according to NDOT. However, there is no report on what fishing conditions are like, though generally early in the season the trout are very cooperative after a long winter under the ice. Worms seem to do a bit better than PowerBait on Angel Lake trout. Small spinners work well, though the tigers will also take very small minnow imitations and your fly selection should include small wooly and crystal buggers, prince nymphs, PT nymphs, soft hackle nymphs, hares ears and just about anything with peacock herl in it.


Stream flows are up due to the recent precipitation, but still below normal. Most are between 10 and 50 percent of normal and somewhat turbid during the runoff, but clearing rather quickly after the precipitation stops. Lamoille Creek is flowing about 50 percent of normal and is fishable. With the intermittent rain projected over the next week expect flows to continue to be about where they are and the water to be turbid . Worms, PowerBait, small spinners, the usual assortment of small nymph and streamer flies are all worth a try. Best time of day to fish streams should be in the afternoons as the water warms up a bit. Once the precipitation stops, the water clears quickly and the flows start to drop making them fishable.

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According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, Texas in 2014 ranked second to Florida in sales of new powerboats, motors and accessories.

Texas boaters spent $1.3 billion last year, up 11.9 percent from 2013. Florida boaters spent $2.3 billion, up 22.5 percent from 2013.

Other top-10 boating states in terms of new boat expenditures were Michigan ($762.4 million), Minnesota ($601.5 million), New York ($597.8 million), North Carolina ($580.2 million), Wisconsin ($560.3 million), California ($546.8 million), Louisiana ($529.9 million) and Alabama ($457.7 million). Nationwide expenditures totaled $35.4 billion.

Now that many more Texas lakes are full, boaters may spend even more money this year. The DFW Summer Boat Expo is July 10-12 and July 17-19 at Market Hall. The boat show is always a good place for one-stop comparisons among more than 450 boats from more than 20 North Texas dealers.

Fatalities on water stay near record low

Boating deaths in 2014 were the second lowest on record. According to the U.S. Coast Guard data, 610 people died in recreational boating accidents last year.

The lowest number of fatalities in a year was 560 in 2013. The highest was 1,754 in 1973.

Boating is safer now because of boater education programs, strict laws on boating under the influence of alcohol (the penalties are as severe as DUI) and enhanced patrols by law enforcement agencies. The agencies particularly target crowded urban-area lakes with a record of boating accidents. Texas ranks fourth in the nation for boating accidents and second for boating fatalities.

Safari Club earns conservation status

The Dallas Safari Club has been admitted as a member of the United Nations’ International Union for Conservation of Nature.

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization. It is a considered a leading international authority on both the environment and development.

DSC is one of the fastest-growing hunting and conservation organizations in the U.S. Ben Carter, the group’s executive director, said DSC’s association with IUCN will make the Dallas-based organization even more effective in its mission to conserve wildlife and wild places.

Greystone wins award for wingshooting

Greystone Castle at Mingus has been named the Orvis Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge of the Year. The 6,000-acre property is located on Interstate 20 about 60 miles west of Fort Worth.

Greystone Castle caters to wingshooting and big-game hunting during the fall and winter. It also offers fishing and sporting clays and is available for corporate meetings and weddings.

Nickelodeon dips toe in angler sponsorship

Cable channel Nickelodeon and Lil’ Anglers LLC, makers of a new Kid Casters no-tangle rods and reels, are sponsoring Wal-Mart FLW Tour Pro angler Charlie Evans. His Ranger boat will feature a Kid Casters Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles wrap.

Nickelodeon executive Ken Mantel called the sport of fishing a huge market for Nickelodeon-branded products.

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