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!
This replica of the world’s largest cutthroat trout is located in Crosby Lodge at Pyramid Lake Nevada. The cuttie was a Pilot Peak strain of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout and weighed in at 41 pounds in the year 1925. Some fish were unofficially recorded at closer to 60 pounds in the ’20’s and 30’s. After the strain went extinct for several decades, it was rediscovered in a mountain stream and reintroduced by biologists in 2006. The trout are only ten years old so we are hoping to see more record breakers in the coming years. The native Cui-ui fish is a favorite meal for these massive Lahontan cutties. Join us for the season opener October 1, 2016!
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
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 email@example.com.”
Have fun out there and stay safe hunting for that 20 pounda!
Clean up crews and volunteers have been working to clean up debris left in the aftermath of the Tule Fire surrounding the small community of Sutcliffe, NV at Pyramid Lake. The Tribe worked with first responders to evacuate the town and get the wild fire contained. A few small structures were destroyed, and an elderly couple had to be rescued, but overall no one was harmed and the blaze is now 100% contained.
The community is now gearing up for Burning Man coming in late August, as well as the opening day of fishing season Oct. 1. En route to Burning Man thousands of visitors pass through Pyramid Lake’s small town of Nixon, Nevada. Convenience store workers stay busy around the clock 24 hours a day to ring up the eccentric guests coming from around the world headed to the desert festival.
We’re certain the non-stop week long party is a great time, but we will have to take your word for it! We are saving our energy for the upcoming Lahontan Cutthroat Trout season opener- starting Oct. 1, 2016. Get your lines ready- we can’t wait for the hunt for the World’s Largest Cutthroat Trout to begin once again. See you soon!
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!
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!
This week brought some very nice weather on Pyramid Lake. We had a few days around 80 degrees, with water temps being reported at around 60. Such nice weather typically hinders the fishing on the alkaline lake, but if you put in the time expect to land a few. Devoted angler Tawni Capurro landed several fish over the week including this nice chromed out Pilot Peak. Lookin’ good Tawni- you go girl!
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!
In support of fellow guide and friend Doug Ouellette- the master of Pyramid Lake fishing- we would encourage others to share the word on the origin of the Popcorn Beetle. Read the real story here.