As we prepare for the upcoming season opener on Oct. 1, 2016 on Pyramid Lake, NV please make sure you are following regulations. Read below to keep up on the rules from

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Welcome to Pyramid Lake, a world class fishery, the site of the world record Lohanton Cutthroat Trout (41 pounds) and the only place in the world where the ancient Cui-ui fish can be found. If you have never fished here before, you are in for a visual treat and some exceptional fishing fun.

Here is some basic information regarding fishing at Pyramid Lake:
1. You do not need a State of Nevada Fishing License, just a Tribal Fishing and/or Boating Permit.
  Boats are required to have current registration from their respective state.
2. Barb less hooks only. We are concerned only with what hooks you have in the water, not your tackle box. You   can have 2 singles, 2 doubles or 2 treble hooks per lure
3. No Bait. No worms, eggs, scent, Power bait or like products, or any organic matter on your hooks
4. Slot sizes. Keepers are 17 to 20 inches or over 24 inches. All other sizes must be returned to the water.
  You may keep 2 of the smaller sizes or 1 small and 1 large. 
5. One stringer per fisherman, no sharing of stringers. 
6. Do not fillet the fish on the Reservation. Rangers need to verify proper size
7. You can fish 1 hour before sunrise and 1 hour after sunset
8. Highly recommend boaters have a marine band radio on board. The Ranger Station monitors Channel 16.
  Coast Guard considers marine band radios as essential part of your boat safety equipment
9. No fishing off the docks. Fishermen fishing off the docks present a safety hazard to boats launching
  and docking, and to the fisherman. 
10. Closed areas to fishing and boating:
      A. 1,000 foot radius around mouth of Marble Bluff Fish Way
      B. 1,000 foot radius around Sutcliffe Fishery spawning channel
      C. 1,000 foot from shoreline of Needles from Wizard Cove to Fox Bay
      D. The Truckee River and Delta
      E. Boats need to stay 250 feet from shoreline fishermen
11. Lahanton Trout Season runs from October 1 thru June 30. Sacramento Perch is open all year round
  and presently you can catch and keep 10 perch per day. Same regulations apply tackle and no
  bait for the perch
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The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribes wants you to have an enjoyable, safe fishing and boating experience. Our Rangers and support staff are happy to answer or clarify any questions you may have about our Regulations. For additional fishing information or questions concerning the regulations please contact the Rangers at 775-476-1155 or”

Have fun out there and stay safe hunting for that 20 pounda!


PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT! Please help us spread the word to everyone using Pyramid Lake, NV that the expectation is for visitors to pack out ANY trash that is accumulated during your stay at the lake. We would add that if you see trash left behind by others please pick it up. It is not the Tribe’s responsibility to clean up after others, and please understand that it is a constant battle to keep these beaches clean. It is our duty as visitors to practice respect and responsibility by cleaning up after ourselves, AND after others. It is a privilege to use this lake, not a right. Please help us show appreciation for being allowed to use this beautiful fishery by going the extra mile! Our mindset is to leave things better than we find them. Thank you to everyone who helps with efforts to keep the area clean so that we can continue to recreate here. And thank you to the Tribe for all you do!




Clean up crews and volunteers have been working to clean up debris left in the aftermath of the Tule Fire surrounding the small community of Sutcliffe, NV at Pyramid Lake. The Tribe worked with first responders to evacuate the town and get the wild fire contained. A few small structures were destroyed, and an elderly couple had to be rescued, but overall no one was harmed and the blaze is now 100% contained.

The community is now gearing up for Burning Man coming in late August, as well as the opening day of fishing season Oct. 1. En route to Burning Man thousands of visitors pass through Pyramid Lake’s small town of Nixon, Nevada. Convenience store workers stay busy around the clock 24 hours a day to ring up the eccentric guests coming from around the world headed to the desert festival.

We’re certain the non-stop week long party is a great time, but we will have to take your word for it! We are saving our energy for the upcoming Lahontan Cutthroat Trout season opener- starting Oct. 1, 2016. Get your lines ready- we can’t wait for the hunt for the World’s Largest Cutthroat Trout to begin once again. See you soon!


Our thoughts and prayers are with the families being evacuated at Pyramid Lake due to a wild fire started by lightning. Pyramid Lake Guides functions out of Sutcliffe, NV during the winter fishing season, and out of Dutch John, UT under Dry Fly Utah during the summer fishing season. This week marks the renewal of our fishing guide’s licensing for Pyramid. Originally scheduled for this Friday’s Tribal meeting, our plans to visit our beloved Sutcliffe guiding location changed about two weeks ago due to the bookings in Utah so we didn’t make it out to the Reno area– and we consider ourselves blessed. The Tribe was kind enough to extend our renewal license via mail.


Our home location on Pyramid Lake was evacuated yesterday and has been out of power for two days, with three or more days likely due to power lines and poles being destroyed in the Tule Fire. Thankfully the winds have died down in the area immediately surrounding Sutcliffe so homes are not in imminent danger anymore, but northern areas are still at high risk. We are praying for the safety of the Capurro family and their ranch(es). Crosby Lodge is unharmed (thank the Lord!). Donations are being transported to locals for ice/water/diapers/food/and other necessities. Keep praying for the families of Pyramid Lake and for the Emergency Responders/Firefighters! Thank you to the volunteers and to the Tribe for updates, and for providing shelter to those in need at the Nixon Gym. Our prayers are with you! (The hills will look a bit bare when the season opens October 1- we don’t think the Lahontan Cutty will mind!)