Nevada hunting and fishing licenses will expire in three days, so the state’s Department of Wildlife is encouraging sportsmen to renew as quickly as possible. Nevada’s license year starts March 1 and expires Feb. 28, 2017, so the best value is to renew next week.

For state residents, an annual hunting license for an adult over 18 costs $33. The junior (12-15) and senior (over 65) licenses costs $13. Tag prices vary by animal.

An annual fishing license for a state resident over 16 costs $29, while ages 12-15 costs $13. A combination hunting and fishing license costs $54. Junior and senior combo licenses cost $21.

Out of state hunters and fishermen should plan to spend more. Detailed information and prices are available at www.ndow.org.

The 2016-17 season should bring good fishing, as NDOW plans to restock Comins Lake with largemouth bass and trout this spring. In 1999, someone illegally introduced northern pike into the lake, most likely from nearby Bassett Lake.

“They thought they knew better than us,” said Heath Korell, NDOW fisheries biologist.

During the next 10 years, the pike proceeded to destroy the trout and bass populations, eventually eating each other.

In August, NDOW treated Bassett and Comins Lakes with Rotenone, an organic chemical that prevents the gills of fish from absorbing oxygen without harming lake mammals and birds. Then NDOW stocked Bassett with 2,300 bass in October and 2,500 trout in November.

During the fall, Comins Lake suffered from drought-induced low water, low dissolved oxygen and high pH levels. Heavy winter snowfall will reverse that trend, and the influx of fresh water will provide a healthy fish habitat not experienced in the county in years. As that water flows downhill into the lake, so will money into the county.

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