Each year, Pyramid Lake Fisheries hires temporary employees to assist during the busiest time of the hatchery cycle.  Here two temporary workers net fish from the spawning channel for use in collecting eggs. Each year, Pyramid Lake Fisheries hires temporary employees to assist during the busiest time of the hatchery cycle. Here two temporary workers net fish from the spawning channel for use in collecting eggs.

Hatchery culturists net fish from a circular tank at Lake Operations for transfer to Pyramid Lake.Hatchery culturists net fish from a circular tank at Lake Operations for transfer to Pyramid Lake.

Production

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Currently the production department is made up of the Production Manager, hatchery managers for each facility, four full time fish culturists and 2 to 5 part time culturists who assist seasonally during the spring spawning period or at the peak of production.  The Production manager plans, organizes, and directs all operations and programs associated with the Pyramid Lake Fisheries (PLF) hatchery production program.  PLF maintains three facilities for the production of Lahontan cutthroat trout: Dunn Hatchery, Numana Hatchery and Lake Operations.  There are also two smaller hatcheries for Cui-ui production: the Koch Hatchery and Big Bend facility.

In 1975 the Dunn Hatchery was completed, followed by the Lake Operations facility in 1980, and Numana Hatchery in 1982, all geared towards propagation of cutthroat trout.   In 2009, funding for hatchery improvements was received through a High Desert Terminal Lakes Grant.  Our three trout rearing facilities were fitted with state of the art filtration systems to remove ammonia and nitrates, improving water quality for recycling in each hatchery.   Each of these hatcheries also received new ultra-violet curing systems to disinfect water during egg incubation.  With improved water quality chemical treatments are no longer needed for the control of fish diseases.