View Full Version : Pilot Peak Lohontan cutthroat spawn in Trukee river

06-06-2014, 07:05 AM
More success for Pyramid, not sure why it appears they are digging up the redds in the video, but anyway.

Cutthroats spawn at Pyramid Lake (http://www.rgj.com/story/tech/environment/2014/06/03/cutthroats-spawn-pyramid-lake/9932583/)

For the first time in 76 years, Lahontan cutthroat trout have spawned up the Truckee River at Pyramid Lake, an event described as a key accomplishment in efforts to restore the native fish to its former home.

DNA tests Tuesday confirmed newly hatched fish collected by biologists to be of the hefty Pilot Peak strain of Lahontan cutthroats first reintroduced into Pyramid Lake in 2006 and which anglers have lately been pulling from the water at up to 25 pounds in size.

"What we do have is documented reproduction of the cutthroat trout," said Lisa Heki, fisheries complex manager for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "This is important. It's a really significant milestone. It hasn't happened since 1938."

An official with the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe first noticed evidence that cutthroats were digging spawning nests in the river just downstream of Marble Bluff Dam in April. Since then, at least 89 cutthroats ranging in size from 17 to 25 pounds have dug spawning nests in more than 180 locations along a roughly 2-mile stretch of the lower river downstream of the dam.

Captain Compassion
06-08-2014, 05:41 PM
The Summit Lake fish are spawned at 20 to 30 inches. The Pilot Peak fish don't spawn until they are 5 to 6 years old. By this time these eating machines are well over 10 pounds. How awesome is that?:wow_2: