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Trophy time for shore casters at Pyramid Lake

BY PAUL LEBOWITZ/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jan 03, 2019

SUTCLIFFE, Nev. — The water remains cold, in the high 40s, and the bites for shore-based fly anglers are fewer, but those cutthroat that grab an offering are more likely to be trophies said Doug Ouellette of Pyramid Lake Guide Service.

“Pyramid’s been fishing well mid-day for big fish, but the catch rate is low. You’re targeting a trophy animal and we’ve been getting some good ones. You have a chance if you’ve been putting your time in,” Ouellette said.


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CAPT. GLENN LEMON of Pilot Peak Guide Service with a 16-pound Pyramid beauty cutthroat caught on a beetle the day after Christmas. Doug Ouellette of Pyramid Lake Guide Service sent in the photo of his friend.


The shoreline bite’s been best from noon to 4 on the same old baits, popcorn beetles, midnight cowboys and tui chubs. “People try different things but the reliables outcatch them. Cast and retrieve is the ticket,” Ouellette added.


Indicator fish isn’t producing as well. As Ouellette explained it, it’s important to cast shooting heads, retrieve and cover more water.


Fish are coming in from all over the lake, not any particular beach. “All the open beaches are productive or hold fish,” Ouellette said.


George Molino of Cutthroat Charters managed to get his boat out with clients on Saturday and Sunday. He said Saturday was poor, with only 6 fish and no keepers as all the cutthroat were too big or too small. Sunday, when the air temperature hit a comfortable 50, was better, with 15 fish up to 6½ pounds. “It was a little bit better,” he said.


Three fish were checked in at Crosby’s Lodge. The best was a 14-pound, 2-ounce chuck caught by Sonny Malone of Sparks, Nev., from a boat at Shot Dog. He used a rainbow spoon. Logan Lowe of Grass Valley caught his 11-pound, 2-ounce cutt’ while dragging a “red lure” from a boat at Anderson Bay. Corina Outten of Half Moon Bay roped a 10-pound, 2-ounce fish from shore at Blockhouse on a crocodile perch fly.


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