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BEST TIME TO FISH PYRAMID

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!

PHONE: Julianne for bookings- 801-706-7836

EMAIL: dryflynickjuli@gmail.com

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23LBS TO THE NET!

We always have a great time with the Boise Boys out from Boise Valley fly Fishers. Our first day out on the water Austin landed a nice 14 pounder! The head and tail on that thing were MASSIVE.

Austin, 14 lbs

The next morning, Bert’s first cast resulted in a 23 pound lahontan cutthroat trout! It wasn’t too much trouble getting it in, and after subtracting the weight of the net it was exactly 23 lbs. The rest of the day was slow fishing, oddly enough. Sunday was also a bit slow. Welcome to the 20 pound Club Bert!

Bert, 23 lvs

NICE ONE TODAY

Ted from Boise landed a beauty today! 14 pounds weighed. It was cold but fishing was good! The strip bite was more productive than indicator fishing for us this cold Tuesday. More storms coming!

Ted, 14 lbs

JIG FISHING ON PYRAMID LAKE

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….

Randy

Mike

HOPING FOR COLDER WEATHER!

The warm and calm weather seems to have put a damper on the fishing on Pyramid Lake. Fish are still being landed but it is relatively slow, and anglers are really needing to put their time in to land fish. This lake takes patience. Typically it really turns on after Thanksgiving so let’s hope this year is the same. A nice windy storm rolled in today, and the temperatures dropped around midday so let’s hope that carries over to the water temps. We still like that magic hour, we landed three around dusk!

Huckin' streamers

NOVEMBER FISHING 2017

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! 🌊

Nick, Nov. 14, 2017

WARM WEATHER LATE OCTOBER

The temperatures have been around 70 making the fishing on Pyramid Lake a bit slow. Shore fishing is going well during early morning and evening bites. With this warmer weather a boat or float tube during mid day hours are helpful in getting anglers to deeper and colder water where the fish are cruising. We’ve been Landing fish on the popcorn beetle and white Clouser. Let’s hope for some storms coming in and colder weather soon!

Guide Nick Jackson, Pyramid Lake Guides
Guide Nick Jackson, Pyramid Lake Guides

WINTER IS HERE

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!

Winter is here