The season opener is just a few weeks away! On Oct. 1 anxious anglers can once again chase that elusive 20 pound lahontan cutthroat. Please make sure you check all Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal regulations before heading out on the water; online permits will be available after Sept. 17, 2018. We encourage visitors to please respect the land, the water, the people, fellow anglers, and the fish. Pack it in-pack it out! We will see you on the shores soon!
Last week’s floods left the Sutcliffe community of Pyramid Lake with no running water for 7 days, and no sewer for 5 days; the power was also out at times. The main water source for the area broke in several areas and crews had limited access due to continued wet weather. Workers are now able to provide a temporary fix and residents do have running water- boil order is in effect and is not recommended to bathe, or clean clothes in the water until after at least Weds. Roads on both South and North ends of the lake are expected to take 4-6 weeks to repair. The lake is still closed to all fishing and boating activities- we are all hoping for an update from the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe as soon as conditions are stable enough to reopen the lake. Follow us on Facebook for more updates.
Winter conditions in Northern Nevada dropped 9 inches of new snow in the last day, and it’s still snowing! Pyramid Lake is covered in thick powder, and has winds of about 15mph- it is cold! We found good use for this wooden ruler dropped off by Santa this Christmas- it just wasn’t quite to scale for the fish on this lake!
The massive Lahontan Cutthroats in this lake love to feed near shore during storms, so if you have a truck or AWD and are willing to brave the snowy roads get on out there- send us your pics and we’ll repost on our Instagram @pyramidlakeguides.
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.
John Cancilla landed this healthy Pyramid Lake strain cutty (aka Summit Lake strain) just before sundown tonight at the Nets on Pyramid. The winds were heading east away from shore and the weather had been calm so we expected the bite to be slow- but John landed this bad boy just 15 minutes in- we didn’t get out to the lake until about 6 and out on the water about 6:30pm. John fished the Truckee river this morning with Guide Doug Ouellette and finished off the evening out at Pyramid with friends Jeff Eichelberger and Julianne Peterson. It was the only fish landed in the short two hour outing- with a few more bites missed by the crew. Overall it was successful day on the water!
Check out this great story about the natural spawn of the Lahontan Cutthroat (LCT). The first sign of natural spawning after the reintroduction of the once thought to be extinct species was in 2014 and the progression continues. Fishery Biologists and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe are doing a great job of tracking the fish to watch their location and behavior.
“The hope is that the Pilot Peak LCT will soon begin to spawn in the same historic waters as they did as far back as the end of the last ice age more than 10,000 years ago. This is an extremely important fish to the Pyramid people.” — read the whole story here MONSTER LAHONTAN CUTTHROAT
We are very grateful to be a part of this amazing community, to learn of the native people, and for the opportunity to fish on this beautiful and unique fishery. Thank you Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe!
Last weekend brought 20″ of new snow to the Reno/Tahoe mountain areas, and we all know what storms mean on Pyramid- great fishing! These guys from Utah and Mass killed it. The March spawn has fish coming close to shore, but with the unpredictable spring weather you never quite know what you are going to get from ladder/shore fishing. This group was already experienced in fly fishing so with just a few tips they were able to have an awesome day on the lake. For those less experienced, or even just unfamiliar with the unique fishery of Pyramid Lake, Guide Nick Jackson provides detailed clinics and guided trips to go over knots, flies, wind, gear, casting, fishy behavior and so on. He’s also very open about providing DIY information so that angler’s can enjoy Pyramid on their own during their next visit to Nevada’s alkaline lake. Nice job guys- thanks for a great day!
These four great guys did an awesome job at Pyramid Lake Guides’ clinic yesterday. The group had wanted detailed instruction on casting technique and a break down of rigs, flies, wind, etc.- Licensed Guide Nick Jackson gave them just what they ordered. Part of the group, two twin brothers, had met Nick in Reno and started their planning from a conversation about fishing gear at Sportsmen’s Warehouse. They were hesitant to go out on Tuesday because of some incoming wind- with some encouragement they made the trek over from Susanville Tuesday morning. Man did they make the right choice! -the fishing was MUCH slower today. These guys absolutely reeled it in on Tuesday with 41 fish to the net, and a few missed! Doug Ouellette’s Original Popcorn Beetle was the fly of choice. Great job guys!