Pyramid Lake is a large desert lake with an astonishing presence among the mountains, desert vegetation and rock formations. The lake falls within the boundaries of the Pyramid Tribe Reservation in northern Nevada, approximately 35 miles northeast Reno. From a sportsman’s perspective the allure of Pyramid Lake is a trophy trout fishery; specifically for Lahontan cutthroat trout, the largest of the cutthroat species. Thanks to the commitment of the Paiute Tribe and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service anglers can spurred by the possibility of catching a large cutthroat on a fly, casting lures from shore, or trolling lures from a boat.
Pyramid Lake is capricious by nature as if conditions are determined by chance. The weather can be unpredictable with strong winds being the biggest obstacle to fishing success. This past week was a perfect example. Cold winter storms and strong winds have limited fishing opportunities. The weather was good Tuesday (3/22) with the water like glass most of the day with times of sun and full cloud cover. The bad weather continues but prospects are looking good for next week.
My partner and I landed and released 23 cutthroats to just over 24 inches. The previous week we caught and released 44 trout to 27 inches (7.5lbs.). A variety of colors in U20 and M2 flatfish, crank baits and Lyman Lures did the deed. The fish were in shallow water from 5 to 20 feet. By the end of a trip the lures hanging from the side of my boat makes it look like a tackle shop.
On both trips changing conditions dictated change in lure selection and fishing approach. By knowing what parameters you can control (i.e. (lure type, lure depth, lure color, boat speed) and how to respond to those you can’t (cloud cover, aspect of the sun, etc.) will increase the number and size of the fish you catch and enhance the experience. I have used this approach at Pyramid Lake this season and have been very successful. I refer to this method as “Fish Consciousness” and believe that it is the difference between “fisherman and guys that go fishing.”
Paul Dalka ( Fishhead)