After the lake was stocked with Lahontan cutthroat trout last year for the first time since the 1970s, the Nevada Department of Wildlife has no plans to follow suit this year.
Agency spokesman Chris Healy told the Tahoe Daily Tribune that last winter’s unusually heavy snowpack prevented staff from reaching Marlette Lake in time to harvest eggs to grow the fish at a Yerington-area hatchery.
He says the eggs are usually harvested in early June, and the huge snowpack also prevented a lot of Lahontan cutthroat from spawning.
NDOW instead plans to plant 50,000 rainbow trout in Lake Tahoe this year.
Last year’s stocking of Lahontan cutthroats was done for recreational fishing.