The Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge held its annual Carp Rodeo April 27 at Upper Pahranagat Lake.

Over 130 participants, including families and kids, came for the one-day event to catch as many carp as they could.

Carp are an oily, invasive species and need to be periodically reduced in the lake as much as possible. In all, 104 carp were caught at the rodeo.

The event this year was sponsored in part by the family and friends of the late Tim Kuchar, an avid fisherman who passed away last year. One of his final wishes was to make several donations that encouraged people to fish on public lands. Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge was proud to hold the 2019 Carp Rodeo in his memory.

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Photo by Dave Maxwell