What We Do

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

Management and Conservation

The next time you go fishing, you might just catch a fish that was raised at Lahontan National Fish Hatchery. Since 1871, National Fish Hatcheries have been responding to conservation challenges affecting America's fish and other aquatic species. Producing fish continues to be an irreplaceable tool in managing or restoring fisheries along with habitat conservation. In doing so, we help provide recreation opportunities to America's 34 million anglers who spend $36 billion annually in pursuit of their favored pastime.  

Lahontan National Fish Hatchery produces approximately 500,000 Pilot Peak strain Lahontan cutthroat trout annually. These fish are released into their native waters of Pyramid Lake, the Truckee River and Lake Tahoe Basin. We also provide eggs or fish to state and tribal partners for recreational fishing and recovery efforts, and to local schools for outreach and education.