By now, most folks have heard of the Pilot Peak Strain of Lahontan cutthroat trout — yep, the ones that reach massive proportions in Nevada’s Pyramid Lake. Like sometimes 20 pounds or more!
Well, anglers are going to get an increased opportunity to chase Pilots as the California Department of Fish & Wildlife recently announced plants of the large strain cutts in several waters near Truckee.
Stocking of the sub-catchable size fish from last year’s eggs will begin as early as next week and will continue as the snow melts and planting trucks can gain access. Waters to be stocked include Echo, Fallen Leaf, Donner, Boca, Prosser, Stampede and Webber lakes.
“Anglers have been pulling some amazing, trophy-class Pilot Peak Lahontan cutthroat trout out of Pyramid Lake in Nevada for the last several years, and we really wanted to get this strain of fish for our anglers here in California,” said Jay Rowan, senior environmental scientist for CDFW’s North Central Region Hatchery Program. “Hopefully we will start seeing some really big ones showing up in a few years.”
The Pilot Peak Lahontan cutthroat trout is a lake form of cutthroat trout. This particular strain is native to the Truckee River Basin and is known for their aggressive feeding behavior and large size.
“They are an interesting fish to raise … being wild, they are a little wary, but they seem to take to feed fairly well,” said Steven Schnider, a CDFW fish and wildlife technician. “They are aggressive, so if you don’t separate them when they are young, you will see the bigger fish with tails sticking out of their mouths.”
This piscivorous (fish eating) behavior is what allows the Pilot Peak Lahontan cutthroat trout to grow quickly and to such large sizes. In choosing which waters to plant, CDFW fisheries biologists have targeted waters that have robust bait fish populations.
“We did a survey of anglers in some of the Truckee basin reservoirs back in 2010, and 85 percent of the anglers we interviewed were in favor of CDFW stocking Lahontan cutthroat trout in these waters,” said Rowan. “I think those results were largely driven by the success of Pilot Peak Lahontan cutthroat trout at Pyramid Lake.”
Sharks are dying by the hundreds in San Francisco Bay…and this is not the first time it’s happened, either. There are plenty of theories but nobody knows yet for sure who or what the killer is….
You can read the entire story at BayNature.org
Striper fishing in the Sac Valley has been nothing short of phenomenal lately. This high water has really got the fish piling up into the rivers and we have been posting some really big numbers. It’s all be on artificials and light tackle and it’s been a blast!
Here are some pix from the week. If you’d like to get in on a striper trip, head over to my guide website, www.thesportfisher.com and then pick a date!
When the mackinaw weren’t biting on Lake Tahoe one morning, I put an Okuma Water Wolf camera down to see what the heck was going on. What I saw was totally unexpected…