Fishing on Whiskey Town Lake has been great! As great as it is, I’m concerned. Here’s why:
We have all heard the news, Whiskey Town Lake has a full blown problem with copapodes(parasite). This is a serious concern for sportsman and guides alike. This wonderful resource, Whiskey Town Lake, is one of the most productive Kokanee fisheries in California, arguably the entire west coast.
Whiskey Town Lake is in jeopardy and the problem is being ignored by the Department of Fish & Wildlife. The question why is heavy on the minds of the people who rely on the lake to recreate or make a living taking anglers out fishing its waters for Kokanee.
There are solutions for this problem if we act fast.
It’s common scientific knowledge Brook Trout are a solution. Some say the water thempeture is to high in the lake. Or that a lawsuit against CADFW prevents CA from stocking non native fish such such as Brook Trout. After discussing habitat with local Shasta County biologists, I learned Brook Trout can survive in Whiskey Town Lake. As a matter of fact, they were planted some years previously and did well!
As far as the second solution to the problem, triploid non native fish can be planted as well. We get silence from the CADFW when presenting what can be arguably viable solutions. Copapod infestations are or can be a sign of over fish population in the wake of the tragic car fire.
50,000 fish were planted last year in fear of a poor spawning return. But the fish thrived and did very well despite of washed out culverts and fire debris filling Whiskey Creek (a tributary of Whiskey Town Lake). Another proposal we submitted, which was also denied, was to raise the fishing catch-take-home limit to 10 fish to “cull the heard” of an expanding Kokanee population in Whiskey Town Lake. This idea was “shot down” as there is no scientific proof Whiskey Town is overpopulated.
To the nay sayers I have to say this: “Well besides a copacod infestation have you fished there?”.
I’m regularly catching 40 fish by noon. Everyday. It has been brought to the department’s attention there is a problem.
I was on the water today at Whiskey Town, collecting samples for the biologists, and still our cries for help fall on deaf ears. Copapods are only the first sign of overpopulation the next maybe stunted fish witch we have seen at nearby Trinity Lake. We can still save this fishery please contact Roger Bloom firstname.lastname@example.org fisharies branch Sacramento office voice your concerns.
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