Sierra lake restocked with trout after effort to kill pike |

Sierra lake restocked with trout after effort to kill pike

PORTOLA (AP) ” California wildlife officials plan to dump 11 tons of trout into a Sierra Nevada lake that was poisoned to rid it of invasive northern pike.

Among the stocked fish will be 3,000 trophy-size trout weighing up to 13 pounds. Some of the trout will have $10 reward tags that will be used to track how fast the fish are caught.

The state Department of Fish and Game is trying to restore Lake Davis, near Portola, as a world-class trout fishery.

Randy Kelly, who manages the program to control the pike, says the department will release more than a million fish into the Plumas County lake this year.

A celebration of the lake’s renewal is scheduled for Saturday, a day after the trout release begins.

The state spent nearly $17 million to kill fish in Lake Davis in September. It was the latest attempt to wipe out the pike, which threatened to spread into the Sacramento River system.

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