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Fishing success at Pyramid Lake

By Mike Mogler
02/10/16 ­­-- Crosby Lodge located in Sutcliffe NV. reports great fishing for large Lahontan cutts since the opener October 1, 2015, anglers targeting these large cutthroat trout that inhabit Pyramid Lake have had great success. So far the 2015/­2016 season, anglers have been catching fish 12 lb. to 20 lb. in 80 to 100 ft. Jigging and trolling with Apex’s in bright colors along with Flat Fish. Fly fishermen have had great success using Wooly Buggers and White Bettles. As the season progresses, larger fish should be showing. It has been reported the winter and early spring usually produce the larger fish.

Man with large cutthroat from Pyramid lake
Lake Pyramind cutthroat, photo courtesy of Crosby Lodge

Researching, there is the demise of the cutthroat trout in Pyramid Lake, and now the rise of numbers and size. I discovered this in an article written by Nate Schweber, April 23, 2013, and published in the New York Times. Schweber wrote,”In the late 1970s, a fish biologist identified what he thought were surviving specimens of the vanished Pyramid Lake strain of Lahontan cutthroat in a small creek near a 10,000 ­foot mountain on the border of Nevada and Utah called Pilot Peak. An Utah man used buckets to stock the rugged stream with trout in the early 1900s, but made no record, federal biologists say. Geneticists recently compared cutthroats from the Pilot Peak stream with mounts of giant Pyramid Lake trout and discovered an exact DNA match.”

I was enlightened when I read the article and in doing so, I also found there was an earlier planting of Summit Lake Strain which replaced the nearly extinct Lahontan’s. This new strain seems to be a smaller fish and less aggressive than the Pilot Peak strain according to Rob Anderson, a guide on the lake.

According to Valerie Taylor from Crosby Lodge, located in Sutcliffe, NV, the action as of this week has slowed down a bit although the fish being caught have been “whoopers.” Take for instance, Travis Edgar from Fernly, NV fishing by boat using a Flat Fish and landing a 10lb 15.2oz, 29.25in cutthroat February 3, 2016, closely followed the next day with a nice cutthroat 10lb 2.4oz 28.25in by Bob Herman from Gardnerville Nevada fishing from his boat near the Nets and using a Flat Fish. Ruben Sherry from Carson City NV landed his fish- a nice 13lb 10oz 31.5in cutthroat fishing from shore at Spider Point using a Brown Trout.

While fishing Pyramid Lake, stop by the Crosby Lodge and store or contact them by phone at 775­-476-­0400 and visit their webpage for more information. The Lodge is a family run business and host several fishing tournaments during the lake’s season which runs from October 1 to June 30 for Lahontan cutthroat trout with Sacramento perch open all year.


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