This January has fished well! In January 2018 we saw mild weather with warm temps making the fishing slow. January 2017 we had flooding resulting in lake closure for 6 weeks. This year the storms have been consistent making for decent fishing. Similar to December daily numbers are not at their highest but quality by means of size make up for it; big fish are being caught. Follow the storms!
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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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! 🌊
The season is underway and reports are good. Float tubers are doing well with their lines in deeper waters. The lake has a large algae bloom right now, once it clears out the shore fishing should get really good!
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!
That time will soon be upon us to search for the elusive 20 pound Lahontan Cutthroat Trout! We’re looking forward to landing these massive cutties on the alkaline lake just north of Reno once again. Our premium custom made ladders are good to go, and the flies are being tied! We’re stocking up on large zebra midge patterns, balanced leeches, woolly buggers, boobies, and popcorn beetles. We were able to land 6 trout over 10 pounds in just 4 weeks last season before the lake closed due to road damage from flooding, and we expect this year to be just as epic. Once the lake re-opened in late February crowds were a bit thick, but the fishing was GOOD. We thank the Tribe for letting us enjoy this amazing fishery!
Contact us to book your guided trip on Pyramid Lake, Nevada– our days are filling up fast! Our outfitter is located right on the lake for your convenience. Lunch, ladders, and gear are always included. Check out our Guided Trips page for more info. or call 801-706-7836.
Possible opening of partial beaches within two weeks. Please see below from KOLO 8 NEWS and the PLPT Chairman Vinton Hawley.
“Sutcliffe, Nev. (KOLO) — Parts of Pyramid Lake could be changed forever as a result of last month’s flooding. Roads were washed out, boat ramps were damaged and parts of beaches were washed away.
On Monday, February 13, 2017 crews were repairing one of the many stretches of road damaged in last month’s flood.
“They are replacing an old culvert from 1963 to a brand new larger culvert to take more water,” said Don Pelt, Emergency Manager for the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.
Along highway 446, there are 11 sites where the roadway needs to be replaced. Its condition is preventing the tribe from opening the lake for business.
“We don’t want to let them back out here until it is safe,” said Pelt.
The problems go far beyond the highway. One of the major concerns right now is on the lake’s many beaches. Runoff from surrounding hills cut a five foot high, 50 foot wide canyon in the beach. Tribal officials are concerned someone could drive across the beach and unknowingly fall into the canyon.
“We’re really looking out for everybody’s safety because of the amount of damage that is not just on the highways,” said Vinton Hawley, Tribal Chairman for the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.
Hawley says fixing everything will take time and money the tribe doesn’t necessarily have.
$3 million will be paid for by NDOT for highway repairs. An additional $3 million will go to areas like Sutcliffe drive a guardrail remains hanging and the edge of a road drops off to nothing.
“It has changed the landscape drastically, but we are moving past that,” said Hawley.
Not everything will be repaired, but limited parts of the lake could re-open in two weeks. A full opening is expected by April 1st.
Note: This article previously stated NDOT would pay $7 million dollars to repair SR 446. That number was obtained from the PLPT. NDOT corrected the figure, saying only $3 Million would be spent.”
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