CalTrout opens at Tahoe |

CalTrout opens at Tahoe

Adam Jensen / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune

LAKE TAHOE ” Gilled residents of the Northern Sierra Nevada have gained an ally with the establishment of a new conservation group in South Lake Tahoe.

CalTrout is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization focused on protecting wild trout, steelhead and salmon waters throughout California.

The group has scheduled a grand opening next week for its Northern Sierra Nevada Region office, 870 Emerald Bay Road.

The region, which stretches across the Sierra from Alpine to Lassen counties, was an “obvious gap” in CalTrout’s coverage area and establishing an office here was a priority for CalTrout’s board members, said Regional Program Director Jenny Francis.

CalTrout’s efforts focus on helping imperiled native species like the Lahontan cutthroat trout, Paiute cutthroat trout and the Eagle Lake rainbow trout, Francis said.

Although a significant part of CalTrout’s work includes affecting policy decisions, residents of the Northern Sierra region can also expect the group to sponsor activities like fly-tying classes and fly-fishing trips, Francis said.

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One of the first projects the new CalTrout office will undertake is working with the Tahoe-Baikal Institute to assess recreational fishermen’s opinions on the state of fisheries in the region, Francis said.

CalTrout’s grand opening celebration will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at its office. Free Mt. Tallac Brewing Company beer and smoked salmon appetizers will be served, Francis said.

“The public is invited to come learn more about the group’s project priorities, upcoming events, and how they can get involved in protecting local fishery resources at the office,” Francis said in a statement.