We are headed into spring and the temps are ideal for fishing Pyramid. We’ve seen some quality fish lately!
The fishing is pretty good in terms of larger size cutties being landed in the 4-8lb. range, just not seeing huge numbers quantity wise. Beach access is okay but the North and South ends are still closed. The shelves have changed so anglers are looking for access to deeper water. The morning bite has been productive. Big storm with lots of wind and rain today, let’s hope that means the fishing is HOT! 🌊
It’s October 1, 2017 and that means the Pyramid Lake fishing season is now open! The water temps are cooling off around 65 degrees, and the lake is turning over with moss and algae. Once that green clears out the shore fishing should be phenomenal! The bait balls are dissipating but can still be found. The shores are crowded with anglers anxious to get out on the alkaline lake.
Be sure to read Tribal regulations before heading out to chase those massive Lahontan cutties. Be respectful, crimp your barbs, park at least 100 feet from shore, use only artificial flies and lures, know your keep limits, clean up after yourselves, and stay warm!
It’s late in the season and the Lahontan cutties are headed into colder water, but nice fish are still being landed if you are willing to put in the work. Grant, Evan, and Jack went out this weekend after College finals and landed some nice beauties.
South Nets is now open, Washout and Monument are still closed. Get out there while you can- we thank you all for a great season. See you in Fall, enjoy your Summer everyone! We hope to see you at the Green River Utah in the meantime…..🎣
Guides Nick Jackson and Ryan Dangerfield both landed 15 pound Pilot Peak Cutthroats on Pyramid Lake Nevada this afternoon. Nick was using an Echo reel and Echo Badass Glass rod. Ryan landed his massive trout on a Sage rod and Galvan reel set up. The experienced anglers were both stripping leech patterns, and landed the fish about 20 minutes apart during the magic hour just before dusk.
Ryan and Nick are fishing guides along side each other year round- both guide on the Green River Utah during summers then head out to Nevada for this amazing fishery in winters. This is Nick’s 2nd season on Pyramid, and is going into season 7 this spring on the Green. Ryan relocated to Carson City this winter to get his feet wet guiding on Pyramid, and will enjoy his 2nd season guiding on the Green come April.
- BUY SOME SHOOTING GOGGLES: We like to use yellow lense shooting glasses for low-light situations on the lake. We use our $300 polarized pair for the majority of the day, but during those last few hours when the magic happens on Pyramid it gets tough to see- we purchased this Radians pair for $7 at Sportsman’s.
2. BE PREPARED IN YOUR AUTO: Always carry a shovel, jumper cables, and an extra change of dry clothing. You never know when weather will hit on this lake, and that sand can get soft. A tow from the local company is around $400 so make sure you are prepared. We like to carry extra fleece blankets and jackets to throw under the tires for traction when stuck in snow or sand. Fish with a buddy and extra vehicle whenever possible and always make sure both of your rigs start before leaving the beach.
3. USE SURGICAL GLOVES: Use nitrile or latex surgical or mechanic gloves while fishing this lake. The waterproof barrier is much needed and is less likely to harm the fishes outer slime than most winter gloves, and are thin enough that you can still feel your line with your fingers. You can layer with a liner underneath for warmth. We prefer the thicker, low-profile black color rather than the bright blue or purple as sometimes seen. We got the box of Raven Nitrile XL gloves at O’Reilly Autoparts for about $20 for 100 pair.
4. USE MOTHER NATURE TO DETERMINE YOUR FISHING SPOT: The notoriously windy weather on Pyramid can be used to your advantage. If you’re new to the alkaline lake and are not sure which beach to fish, select one where the wind will be blowing towards you. The massive Lahontan Cutthroat head into the shorelines to feed on Tui Chub and other bait during bad storms. Rolling waves and wind in your face are great indications of prime fishing on this lake.
5. TAKE A STEP LADDER: The height of just a few steps will help keep you out of the cold splashing waves, and the elevation will assist you in seeing those monster fish, and give your cast a boost. If you’re planning on spending quite a bit of time on this lake we suggest investing in a comfortable custom made ladder- they are easy to transport with the attached wheels and light-weight frame, and the padded seat provides all day comfort.
6. TAKE TWO RODS: Use one with sinking line for streamers, and an additional rod with a floating line for indicator fishing. We prefer Scientific Anglers lines. In addition to fly rods, we always carry a jig stick for spin fishing- we love Richard Cross’ Zig Jig, and Voodoo Custom Tackle’s heavy duty hooks.
7. TOP PYRAMID LAKE FLIES: When in doubt of which fly to select on Pyramid Lake a safe bet is a black Woolly Bugger and/or Doug Ouellette’s Original Popcorn Beetle on sinking lines. For floating lines and indicator fishing use a variety of midges, such as a Snowcone, and/or a balanced leech in black, white, or olive. And remember to CRIMP YOUR BARBS! (Please see Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Regulations before fishing the lake, as it is on a Native American Reservation and NV fishing laws do not apply).
8. USE NEOPRENE WADERS: Breathable waders are fine for calm, warmer days and spring fishing on Pyramid, but during those frigid winter months (Dec, Jan, Feb) you’re going to want to use thick neoprene waders in at least 5 mil thickness. We like Rustic Ridge and Cabela’s brands for the cold fishing season in Nevada. They are both extremely warm and comfortable, and the attached boot makes it easy to slip them on and off.
9. USE HEATED INSOLES: We always have a back-stock of handwarmers in our rigs for those cold winter days on Pyramid. Additionally we like to use battery powered insoles for our feet. We picked up this Therma-cell pair at Cabela’s bargain cave for half price, full retail is around $175. Those with poor circulation or on days when the temps are below freezing your toes will thank you. They are intended to keep your feet at room temperature (appx.) so don’t expect a super high heat, if your feet are not numb then they are working properly.
10. SLEEP IN: If you are like so many thirsty anglers coming to Pyramid Lake just a few times a year, you might gravitate towards local watering hole Crosby Lodge. The drinks are killer and local DJ Jack the Music Doctor keeps the tunes going all weekend long. Combined with the hospitality of owners Fred and Judy Crosby, local banter and swapping of fishing tales, impromptu dance parties, and ample flowing booze a hangover is more than likely and sometimes catching that 5am bite just doesn’t happen. But we suggest hitting the snooze button for a different reason- we like to call the afternoon bite the “Magic Hour”– if the weather isn’t ideal for fishing, or if life just flat-out has you busy the rest of the day head to the beach around 2:00 or 2:30pm until about 5:15pm. We have found that the afternoon tends to be the most productive hours in the day for fishing Pyramid.
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If you’re looking to fish for just an hour or two try heading out between 3:30-5:00pm ish. The afternoon bite is typically productive! We landed both Summit Lake and Pilot Peak strains of Lahontan Cutthroats two consecutive days in a row; using white and chartreuse tadpoles and Doug’s Original Popcorn Beetle.
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 http://www.pyramidlake.us/pyramid-lake-fishing.html
“For great fishing tips and about the Pyramid Lake Fisheries program
please visit: www.pyramidlakefisheries.org
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Have fun out there and stay safe hunting for that 20 pounda!