Van and Hutch out from Boise had a great couple of days on Pyramid Lake, NV! We are starting to see spring conditions for fishing the alkaline lake. Streamer and indicator techniques are both producing; pick your poison!
Water temps are consistently dropping, heading towards the coldest part of the season. The fishing is good for big fish, numbers are not typically high during December but when anglers do get one to the net it’s typically good quality by means of size. Indicator fishing has been more productive than stripping. It appears that the best time to fish right now is during the warmest of the day, noon to 3-ish.
Anglers Nick and Shawn landed some decent fish this week! As did Utah guide Wade Isaman. The weather is supposed to be mild for a few days, let’s hope for more storms soon!
The last storm dropped the surface temps clearing out the bait balls to deeper water. Reports have been slow from shore, with boaters and float tubers having better luck. The lake is in a transition phase right now, shore fishing will improve once more winter storms roll in and water temps drop below 55°. Crossing our fingers for more bad weather!
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO FISH PYRAMID LAKE, NV?
We get asked this question A LOT. There’s no short answer to it, and it greatly depends on who you ask. It also depends on what you are looking for– numbers? no crowds? fair weather? best chance for a 20 lb. cutthroat? shore, boat, or float tube fishing? indicator or streamer fishing? etc. It all depends on what you are after. Here’s a monthly break down of what we see season after season and our recommendations. Keep in mind that when asking this question you must consider the source; many of our guides live on the lake and fish it every day Nov-March whether for work or play.
The opener on Oct. 1 is a very popular time. The excitement is high, as anglers have waited 3+ months to have access to these massive lahontans once again. Expect it to be quite crowded on the beaches. The weather is still generally pretty mild and can be quite warm, including the water temps. Float tubers and boaters tend to do better fishing wise during October into mid-November; the big cutties prefer colder water temps before coming into shorelines. Bait balls can still be seen around this time. If you’re looking for prime shore fishing shoot for the later days of November when water temps have cooled.
December is typically great for large fish. Some of our biggest fish have come during December and at a fairly consistent rate. The lake has turned over and the water temps have dropped, making ideal conditions for the cutties to come into shore. Crowds are usually minimal. If you can sneak away around the holidays this can be one of the best months on Pyramid.
January can slow down a bit and weather can be highly unpredictable. 2018 January was exceptionally warm and calm making the fishing slowwww. 2017 January was exceptionally wet resulting in flooding and lake closure for about 6 wks. 2016 January was very cold and had slow fishing but good quality and size of fish when landed. The crowds are pretty much non-existent in January.
February is similar to December and is also one of our favorite months to fish. The water temps are ideal, the crowds are minimal, and we start to see the pre-spawn. If you can do February you’ll most likely leave the lake happy.
And that brings us to March. Many will answer this question with March, during the spawn. March does tend to have great numbers fishing wise, but along with them come the crowds. Beaches are filled with anxious anglers making getting a decent spot on the beach with your ladder quite difficult. If you want to skip the competitive crowds skip March. Also, keep in mind that numbers don’t necessarily mean BIG fish, the smaller stockers can fill up your line all day and you might not see a 10+ lb trout. And if you do consider yourself lucky!
Early April can be good, but still crowded. Many anglers are looking for warmer/calmer weather and inquire about the spring months as a result. The main problem is that water temps start to rise and these lahontans go deep, they really prefer cold windy days pushing their food up into the waves of the shoreline. If you must do April try the first half. Into late April and May you’ll see similar conditions as October-early November. Float tubers and boaters will generally have better luck. As the weather warms the fishing will die down, we don’t recommend shore fishing May-June 30 as a result. And if that’s your only time to go make the best of it!
No matter the time you go we hope you enjoy your time on Pyramid, and please remember to read all Tribal regulations ahead of time. Whether you are planning a DIY trip or looking for a guide don’t hesitate to give us a call or email with your questions!
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We are in the midst of our trip with spin fishermen Randy, Dave, and Mike. The fishing has been pretty good! Friday’s storm brought great fishing and we landed several dozen. Despite the nasty weather Saturday morning was slow, and then picked up in the afternoon with great numbers. We will see how Sunday and Monday end up! More storms in the forecast….