Welcome to Lahontan National Fish Hatchery! We are one of three facilities within the Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex. Lahontan National Fish Hatchery maintains a broodstock of a unique strain of Lahontan cutthroat trout, the Pilot Peak strain that represents the original lake form that evolved in ancient Lake Lahontan and is the largest inland cutthroat trout in the world. We play a pivotal role in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's efforts to protect and restore threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout populations in the Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Pyramid and Walker Lake Basins of Nevada and Eastern Sierra's.

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Lahontan National Fish Hatchery is open for scheduled visits Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-3:00 pm (except federal holidays). At this time we are unable to accommodate same day visits. Please call ahead and schedule a day and time to come see the hatchery and learn about the Pilot Peak strain Lahontan cutthroat trout.    

 

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      About Us

      Lahontan National Fish Hatchery is one of three facilities within the Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex. The hatchery maintains a broodstock of a unique strain of Lahontan cutthroat trout, the Pilot Peak strain that represents the original lake form that evolved in ancient Lake Lahontan and is the largest inland cutthroat trout in the world. Lahontan National Fish Hatchery also works to fulfill federal tribal trust responsibilities by providing fish to our Tribal partners for recreational fishing and recovery efforts.  

      Since 2006, Lahontan National Fish Hatchery has produced and stocked Pilot Peak strain Lahontan cutthroat trout in support of conservation and recovery in their native waters of Nevada and Eastern Sierra's. The hatchery conserves the genetic legacy of this fast-growing lake form by using rigorous genetic management techniques during spawning of captive broodstock to annually produce approximately 500,000 Pilot Peak strain Lahontan cutthroat trout, which are uniquely adapted to growing large in lake environments (over 25 pounds!). 

      What We Do

      Lahontan National Fish Hatchery produces the Pilot Peak strain Lahontan cutthroat trout for recovery and recreational fishing opportunities in the Pyramid, Tahoe and Walker Lake Basins.  

      Our Organization

      The Fish and Aquatic Conservation program leads aquatic conservation efforts for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We are committed to tackling the nation’s highest priority aquatic conservation and recreational challenges to conserve, restore, and enhance fisheries for future generations.
      The National Fish Hatchery System works to support healthy, self-sustaining populations of fish and other aquatic species across the country. Every year we raise and stock over 98 million fish to support the recovery and restoration of imperiled species, recreational fishing, and tribal subsistence...

      Our Species

      Lahontan National Fish Hatchery raises the Pilot Peak strain Lahontan cutthroat trout. Annually, the hatchery stocks approximately 500,000 Pilot Peak Lahontan cutthroat trout into high priority conservation waters in Nevada and Eastern California.

      The Pilot Peak strain Lahontan cutthroat trout represents the original lake form that evolved in ancient Lake Lahontan and existed in the Truckee, Tahoe, and Walker Lake Basins. Once thought to be extinct, transplanted Lahontan cutthroat trout were found in the Pilot Peak Mountains along the Nevada/Utah border in the late 1970s. Utilizing genetics of museum mounts from 1872 to 1911 of fish known to be from the Truckee River Basin, it was determined that the Lahontan cutthroat trout in the Pilot Mountains were descendants of the original Truckee Basin Lahontan cutthroat trout.