Cascades Frog Halts the Trout Stocking of Northern California Reservoirs

Photo: CDFW

In 2017, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to include the Cascades Frog on the California Endangered Species Act. With that designation, the CDFW is obligated to protect the species and will be halting trout stocking in up to 60 Northern California reservoirs where the frog is found in 2019.

The CDFW is still planning to stock trout in 146 locations throughout NorCal, but 41 reservoirs will not be stocked in 2019 and another 19 are still up for consideration as officials hope to eliminate predators in the area of the frogs. Most of the lakes chosen to not be stocked lie within the backcountry areas of Siskiyou and Trinity Counties.

The lakes chosen were small, remote waterways that have been stocked with rainbow trout for years, and were mostly fish-free before humans introduced them.

Cascades Frog

The practice of stocking the lakes will now be directed to the 146 other lakes on the CDFW’s list in the Northern Section in Del Norte, Mendocino, Modoc, Humboldt, Shasta, Siskiyou, Lassen, Tehama and Trinity counties. That means less lakes will be stocked with trout, but more fish will be put into the waters that will be stocked.

Although the stocking limitations could have an effect on future fishing opportunities, some the lakes currently have thriving fish populations after years of stocking. Fingerling trout take years to grow to full size.

Here are all the lakes that won’t be stocked in 2019:

Siskiyou County

  • Aspen Lake
  • Big Blue Lake
  • Blueberry Lake
  • Buckhorn Lake
  • Burney Lake
  • Buzzard Lake
  • Chinquapin Lake
  • Clear Lake
  • Cliff Lake
  • Crater Lake (Big), China Mountain
  • Cuddihy Lake #1
  • Cuddihy Lake #3
  • Deep Lake
  • Dogwood Lake
  • Fisher Lake
  • Granite Lake (Blue)
  • High Lake
  • Hogan Lake
  • Lake of the Island
  • Lipstick Lake
  • Milne Lake
  • Rainy Lake
  • South Sugar Lake
  • Spirit Lake
  • Statue Lake
  • Summit Lake
  • Syphon Lake
  • Wicks Lake
  • Wooley Lake
  • Wright Lake (Lower)

Trinity County

  • Big Bear Lake
  • Deer Lake
  • Diamond Lake
  • Emerald Lake
  • Granite Lake
  • Horseshoe Lake
  • Little Boulder Lake
  • Luella Lake
  • Ward Lake

For more information on the CDFW’s trout stocking map and schedule, go here.

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