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The fishes belong to one group commonly known as carps . Generally cat fishes are not found in the lake . Among carps both major and minor fishes are present in the lake . The major fishes have three important classes , Mahaseer the so called hill trout and the mirror carp .
Two species of this fish are found in the region .
Tor tor : The red finned mahaseer.
Tor putitora : The yellow finned mahaseer . It is highly valued as a food fish, and normally grows to a large size from 20 to 60 Cms.
Commonly known as Asela or Rasela. This fish comprises three species.
Cyprinus carpis, it has been imported and is bred on a large scale in Nainital.
The common carp fishes such as mahaseer and hill trout have been found to breed several times
during one spawning season from May to September.