Draining the lake has given the Department of Fish and Game the opportunity to remove most of the sm
Draining the lake has given the Department of Fish and Game the opportunity to remove most of the small mouth bass which are a predator fish that prevent the Rainbow Trout and Kokanee Salmon in the lake from thriving. Small mouth bass are a warm water fish compared to the Rainbow Trout and Kokanee Salmon which are cold water fish.
“Small mouth bass should never have been in Shaver Lake. We prefer it as a cold water fishery with mainly trout. That would be the ideal situation,” Beal said.
Beal said the even bigger story is the improved fishing that will result once the lake is restocked with even more fish than normal next spring. The Department of Fish and Game restocks the lake annually with 20,000 pounds of trout. Next year, an additional 40,000 pounds of trout will be deposited into the lake, three times the normal amount. In addition, a group of volunteers from Shaver Lake have been raising funds to add 2,000 two-pound Trophy Trout to the lake in 2012.
The only drawback to the lake being drained is that it will be another three years before anyone will have the opportunity to catch a full-sized Kokanee Salmon. The Department of Fish and Game will restock the lake with its usual 50,000 fingerlings of Kokanee Salmon. However, it will take another three years before they grow to full size since they cannot be raised in a hatchery.
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