We have more great news from the West, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has stocked 5,000 12″-14″ Pilot Peak Lahontan Cutthroat into Lake Tahoe. Lahontan’s once ruled the entirety of the Lake Tahoe Basin, growing to sizes similar to their cousins in Pyramid Lake.
USFWS has placed tags in all the new stocked fish and will be tracking their movement throughout the system.
Lisa Heki, a project lead from the Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex said, “It’s an important component, the native ecosystem to restoring the health of Lake Tahoe and potentially clarity. When we’re emphasizing native species in this Basin, it will be very important for the health and ecosystem in the long run.”
This is fantastic news following the construction of a new fish passage around the Derby Dam, which was preventing the Pyramid Lake population from making their historic spawning runs up to Lake Tahoe.