Southwest January February 2020 Fly Fishing Magazine Cover Look for my EXPOSURE on fly fishing for Pyramid Lake's Lahontans in the January/February 2020 issue of Southwest Fly Fishing.


Fisheries Magazine Cover

Fisheries Magazine February 2020 I'm extremely honored to have the American Fisheries Society publish my photograph of a Lahontan Cutthroat on their February 2020 issue of Fisheries Magazine!


Native Cutthroat Trout Poster

Native Cutthroat Trout Poster by Michael Carl

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Pilot Peak Strain Lahontan Cutthroat

Pilot Peak Strain Lahontan Emerging as Pyramid Lake cutthroat

Side your time-scale way over to the left and set your view to wide-angle. I'm thinking some 15,000 years ago. Northwestern Nevada - today a mostly dry high-desert - was instead covered by a vast, deep body of water. Read more...

Lahontan Cutthroat Trout

Native Lahontan Cutthroat trout caught at Pyramid Lake

Lahontan cutthroat are native to streams and lakes of the Lahontan basin in California, Nevada, and Oregon. In California, they reside in the streams and lakes on the eastern portion of the Sierra Nevada such as the Carson, Susan, Truckee , and Walker River drainages as well as Heenan Lake, Pyramid Lake and the Tahoe Basin. In Oregon and Nevada, the Whitehorse and Alvord basins are native habitat, and the Humboldt and Quinn River drainages in Nevada.

Cutthroat trout caught fly fishing Pyramid Lake Nevada

Lahontan cutthroat trout were once the only trout (except Eagle Lake rainbow) found on the east side of the Sierra Nevada. They resided in a variety of freshwater habitat from large terminal desert lakes to small headwater creeks. Lahontan cutthroat are particularly noted for their ability to thrive in both high alkaline water as well as survive water temperatures that may exceed 27C for short periods.

Lahontan Cutthroat trout caught and released at Heenan Lake

California Heritage Trout

The Lahontan cutthroat is a classifed as a threatened species (i.e.,having been extirpated from most of its native range). Recovery efforts in California have established new, wild populations in several streams. Two of these, Slinkard Creek and the Upper Truckee River, a Heritage Trout Water, are open for catch-and-release cutthroat angling. There are also numerous other lakes and streams in the historic drainages that are stocked with Lahontan cutthroat trout from the Heenan Lake broodstock.

Native Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Spawning Color