Sunday, March 13, 2011

Lahontan Cutthroat Trout - The Real Natives

I love researching fisheries, especially ones with Lahontan Cutthroat Trout in them. This video is very informative and focuses Independence Lake, CA, home to one of only two populations of self-sustaining, indigenous lucustrine LCT left.
The Last Self-Reproducing Lahontan Cutthroat Trout in the Truckee River Basin from F. Felix on Vimeo.
The second lake with the other indigenous strain of LCT is Summit Lake, NV located in the very remote Black Rock Range. Summit Lake is part of the Summit Lake Indian Reservation and non-tribal members are not allowed to fish. Much like the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, the Summit Lake Paiute Tribe manages their fishery with a spawning program that helps the species propagate. I've been lucky enough to see both fisheries.

Independence Lake, CA

Summit Lake, NV

What a contrast, isn't it amazing that this species can thrive in each environment. Spring is almost here, keep an eye out for Pyramid LCT posts, coming soon!


Sam Shallow said...

What great information, Thanks!

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