Special rules under the Endangered Species Act allow a rare opportunity of recreational fishing for the threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout (LCT). Each year the Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex stocks LCT in Fallen Leaf Lake, the Truckee River, Pyramid Lake June Lake, Gull Lake, Marlette Lake, and Walker Lake. These LCT, reared at the Hatchery, are a lake strain known to have originated from a population native to the Tahoe/Truckee basin. All stocked fish are marked or tagged for identification and research purposes.
To help us better understand and move forward in our recovery efforts, we ask that you contact us if you catch a LCT. The information we need includes:
By returning as many LCT as you can to the lake or river you will contribute immensely to sustaining the recreational fishery and help us increase our knowledge of the species.
How to report your catch
You can report your information by email, mail, or phone. Please use the following link to download the Angler Reporting Form (download in Microsoft Word format or an editable Adobe PDF ) if you are reporting via email or regular mail. A direct line has been established so you can call to report your information at any time of day. A biologist will be happy to contact you if you would like further information or have questions.
Here are the emails of the person responsible for each basin:
Recreational fishing is not regulated by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. For fishing regulations use the following links: