The Department of Fish of Game is scheduled to plant 5,000 pounds of rainbow trout Friday, Nov. 16 at Bass Lake. Fish and game and Pacific Gas and Electric have been working together during the damn retrofit that began in 2010.
"Working together with outside organizations to reach a common goal where natural resources can be preserved while ensuring public safety needs are met is a win-win to me," said Dr. Andy Gordus, DFG Staff Toxicologist. "I could not be happier with this cooperative effort and outcome."
This is first of several trout stockings planned to enhance fishing opportunities at the lake. Fish and game will plant another 4,000 pounds of trout in December. Additionally, PG&E will be stocking trophy fish near the Christmas holiday.
Throughout the retrofit, fish and game has worked closely with PG&E to monitor water quality and ensure fisheries were not impacted. Fish and game also helped the company develop its own trout stocking plan to help with lost fishing opportunities over the last two years.
PG&E's $60 million dam retrofit upgraded the 1,880-foot long, 145-foot high dam by improving its ability to withstand earthquakes, brought it up to state and federal dam safety standards and will allow PG&E to maintain reliable power generation.