Fishing season around the corner |

Fishing season around the corner

Gregory Crofton
Dan Thrift/Tahoe Daily Tribune file Fish out of water head for the rivers of Alpine County.

Saturday is opening day for fishing season in California and Alpine County will be ready.

About 2,000 pounds of trout – catchables and trophies – were loaded into Indian Creek Reservoir two weeks ago, according to Dave Zellmer, chairman of the Alpine County Fish and Game Commission.

On Wednesday, Zellmer said he will be out overseeing the planting of 2,000 more fish in the West Fork and East Fork of the Carson River. The planting will continue through October with Alpine getting about 20,000 pounds of fish in all.

Each year the county is guaranteed 15,000 pounds of the fish it plants from South Tahoe Public Utility District. This year it will cost about $36,000 to buy that amount of farm-raised rainbow trout.

The agreement between the county and the district dates back to the late 1960s. The county gets the fish plus about $100,000 for allowing the district to store and distribute two billion gallons of treated wastewater in the county.

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