Lake Tahoe Trout Salmo lienshawi

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This interesting trout is found in western Nevada and neighbouring parts of California in the region comprised in the basin of the old post-Tertiary Lake Lahontan. It is known from Lakes Tahoe, Pyramid, Webber, Donner and Independence; also from the Truckee, Humboldt and Carson rivers and from most streams on the east slope of the Sierras. It is also found in the headwaters of the Feather River, where it has probably been introduced. The Tahoe trout reaches a weight of 3 to 6 pounds, is a food and game fish of considerable importance, and is often seen in the San Francisco markets. It spawns in the spring, entering the shallow water of the streams for that purpose.

Head 3 3/4; depth 4; D. 11; A. 12; scales 27 to 37-160 to 184- 27 to 37 usually about 170 in a longitudinal series ; caudal fin short, rather strongly forked. Colour dark green in the pure waters of Lake Tahoe; pale green in the salty waters of Pyramid Lake; side silvery, with a strong shade of coppery red; back about equally spotted before and behind, the spots large and mostly round; spots on side rather distant; belly generally with round spots; head with large black spots above, some even on snout and lower jaw; dorsal and caudal fins spotted; a few large spots on anal; red dashes on lower jaw present; young less spotted.

From American Game and Food Fishes. Jordan and Evermann, 1902.