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Thu., March 22, 2012, 6:09 a.m.

Video: 1947 diposal of sodium in Lake Lenore

FISHING -- This archive video has been making the rounds for a few years, but it's worth bringing up for a little fishing camp banter now that the fishing for Lahontan cutthroats is picking up at Lake Lenore.

The 1947 newsreel shows the U.S. War Assets Administration using Lake Lenore as a disposal site for drums of sodium into the lake.

Lake Lenore is in Grant County south of Coulee City, Wash.  At the time of this newsreel, it was thought to be too alkaline to support fish.

Decades later, Washington fisheries biologists imported Lahontan cutthroat trout stock originating from the alkaline waters of Pyramid Lake, Nev.  The fish thrived in Lenore -- as well as farther north in Douglas County's Grimes Lake -- to provide a popular selective fishery for anglers.

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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