Little Washoe Lake receives stocking of catfish

Little Washoe Lake is continuing its recovery after being drained last year and receiving a stocking of catfish last week.

It’s not ready for fishing yet, but Ashley Sanchez with the Nevada Department of Wildlife said efforts are underway to restore it as a fishery. She added the lake will likely receive more fish stockings later this year.

Biologists with the Mason Valley Fish Hatchery planted about 450 channel catfish last week at Little Washoe from Rye Patch Reservoir. Most are about eight inches long.

Last year, NDOW worked with partners to repair the water diversion that feeds the Washoe Lakes system, located just south of Reno between Washoe City and New Washoe City.

Water begin flowing into Little Washoe Lake again in November. The Washoe Lakes system includes the Big and Little Washoe lakes, as well as the Scripps Wildlife Management Area that lies between the two.

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