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Big cutthroat cruising Pyramid’s shores

BY PAUL LEBOWITZ/WON Staff WriterPublished: Apr 10, 2019

SUTCLIFFE,  Nev. — It was a tremendous week for shore anglers at Pyramid Lake, where a water temperature bump had big cutthroat cruising the shallows in easy range of flies as the spawn looms.

Doug Ouellette of Pyramid Lake Guide Service said his clients pulled a 15 and an 11 on Friday in really good fishing. The weekend was tougher, with a cold front that slowed things down, although the action was a bit more consistent in the afternoon.


brightandbeautifulBRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL — Lahontan cutthroat trout are beautiful, and this 10 pounder was one of 11 caught at Pyramid Lake by Rick Elmore of Reno and Ken Mayer. The 11 fish were caught in a half-day and went from 18 inches to 29 inches, and most were 3 to 4 pounds. They did the same thing the next day.


Glenn Lemon of Pilot Peak Guide Service fished with Ouellette and saod that the fish are cruising in 3 feet of water or even less. “They are very close and there are still a lot of big fish in the lake. The water temperature is warming slightly to 50 degrees,” he said.


The same deadly Pyramid Lake flies are working, such as popcorn beetles and midnight cowboys, Lemon said.


Shore anglers are cashing in on the cutthroat in the shallows. The lunker list at Crosby’s Lodge was a long one, with two 16s, a 15, a 14, and several others over the 10-pound threshold.


Boat anglers did better for numbers than size. Joe Mendes of Eagle Eye Charters said his two trips this week scored 15 fish Monday and just 5 on Wednesday. “I see fish but they’re skittish. We need some warmer weather. There are a lot of fish in the lake and they have an attitude,” he said.


Fellow boat guide George Molino of Cutthroat Charters managed similar numbers for his clients. He said Pyramid Lake Fisheries turned on the water at their spawning channel on Thursday, and the fish responded. Once the water temperature reaches 52 degrees the spawn will be on in earnest.


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