High Levels of Cyanotoxin Microcystins

Indian Creek Reservoir - Markleeville, CA (Alpine County)

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by Doug Busey

The lake has gone down a little and the weeds are thick. The Alpine County Watershed Group tested the lake recently and found a high level of cyanotoxin microcystins  in the water. South Tahoe Public Utility District, who manages the area and lake has placed signs along the lake and area warning visitors to be careful of the water after an extreme algae bloom.  Visitors should not let pets drink the water and do not personally come in con tact with the algae. Anglers can keep any fish caught in the lake, but should wash their catch ( fillets) in clean tap water and dispose of and guts, do not clean your fish on the shore and throw them back in the lake. Clean your fish at home and throw guts in the trash as not to endanger any wildlife that may ingest them. Fishing has been fair for early morning anglers using a long leader and various colors of powerbait.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you have a question. a report in our local fishing area or have a photo of your catch, send it to [email protected]. Hope to see you on the waters. Good fishin' and tight lines.

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