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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.”

For the full article click here



“The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe has closed the lake to fishing and other recreational activities for public safety and concern. While State Route 446 is closed for several months for repair, beach access roads are also closed to allow for repair due to washouts. 

Because of fire damage caused by 2016’s Tule Fire, beach roads have been considered dangerous to use, and it is for the public safety that this is necessary. We are remaining optimistic for a sooner date for re-opening, but there are absolutely no guarantees that this will happen. 

A big Thank You! to those crews performing ’round the clock repairs to our roads. Thank you, to the public, for your respect and understanding during this difficult time.”

LAKE CLOSUREALSO, FEBRUARY 2, 2017: The tribe issued a press release stating fishing licenses will not be refunded or prorated. Sales are final.

Road crews are working hard to repair damage, and FEMA has been out to assess lake and road conditions with the Tribe. We understand many repairs and the funding to do so are much needed. The Pyramid Lake Guides team also lives on Tribal land in Sutcliffe on the lake- so we have seen the damage to areas. We were fortunate enough to fish the lake after the flooding the day before the closure.

Jan. 9, 2017- after flooding, before closure.
Jan. 9, 2017- after flooding, before closure.

Thankfully some beaches remain unharmed, most homes were unharmed (a few had some basement flooding), and the road to Reno has remained in tact so we can get supplies from town. The road to Nixon/Tribal Office on State Route 446 is still in bad shape but pilot cars are able to drive Tribal members and school buses through as needed. In Sutcliffe we were without water for a week or so and have been told a temporary fix has been put into place but that a longer term solution will need to be implemented.

Jan. 9, 2017-- after flooding before lake closure.
Jan. 9, 2017– after flooding before lake closure.

In the meantime these massive lahontan cuttys will get big and strong and will be free from distraction during pre-spawn. We anticipate the fishing to be epic the 2017-2018 season! Can’t wait…!



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.

NOV 2016

Summit Lake Cutthroat
Summit Lake Cutthroat


The search for the massive Lahontan Pilot Peak Cutthroat Trout continues, but it will be a month or two before water temps are cool enough to bring these world record cutties into shore. In the meantime, please use caution in your water crafts- if the wind picks up get to shore and throw a zig jig instead! (Creator of the Zig Jig, Richard Cross, will be at the lake this week- keep an eye out for this legendary angler!)

We hope you all have a fun and safe opener out at the lake! We are so excited to see what big fish this season will bring, hoping to see more 20 pounders and even bigger….

Happy fishing everyone, and please remember to respect the Tribe and the lake, and follow all regulations!



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
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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
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Museum and Visitor Center Photo 2
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 plrangers@plpt.nsn.us.”

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!




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!)


As the fishing season winds down we would like to express our gratitude to the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe for allowing us to enjoy this beautiful land, it’s people, and the amazing fishery this lake provides. We appreciate the opportunity to guide our wonderful clients in such a unique location. Thank you for a great season everyone! We will keep you all posted on updates and look forward to October 1! — Booking for next season at DRYFLYNICKJULI@GMAIL.COM




Local Tawni Capurro landed this beautiful chrome Pilot Peak last week- late in May on Pyramid Lake, Nevada. The warmer temps will drive the cutties into deeper water but have still been around as of yet. The fishing season ends June 30 so get out to the shore while you still can!

Tawni Chromer


Not only is Pyramid Lake, NV home to the world’s largest Cutthroat Trout, it’s also home to the continent’s most ancient rock carvings. The rock art is located on Winnemucca Lake, now a dry lake bed, just down the road from beautiful Pyramid Lake. The lakes were once part of the Lahontan sea- the remnants of the ancient sea can be seen in the Tufa rock formations and the artwork from people who have lived here for thousands of years. Carbon dating puts these human carved drawings in the Tufa rock around 14,000 and 11,000 years ago. The area is closed to the public and is only open to Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe members. National Geographic wrote a great article about this ancient location in 2013- read the whole story here.