Bass landed in Lake Tahoe bad news for trout |

Bass landed in Lake Tahoe bad news for trout

Keith Speed received a bit of a surprise while fishing on Lake Tahoe in the Tahoe Keys area on Friday. He got a tug on his line and pulled a 3-pound smallmouth bass into his boat.

“I’m used to catching rainbows and Browns out there,” said Speed, who caught the interloping fish with a lure. “I’ve heard that bass are out there, but I’ve never seen one this big.”

As it turns out, bass are not all that rare in Lake Tahoe. And that’s not good news, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

“These fish do not belong in the Basin,” said Jeff Reiner, an aquatic biologist with the Forest Service. “They have been introduced by uninformed people, and it could have drastic consequences on our cold-water fisheries.”

Bass – both the large- and small-mouth varieties – are voracious eaters who enjoy feeding on baby trout. They can survive anywhere in the lake, and are also detrimental to other native cold-water species.

Even so, a small-mouth of the size that Speed caught is somewhat rare.

“I’m going to freeze it and turn it over to Fish and Game,” Speed said. “I’m sure they’ll be interested.”

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