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Cutthroat trout numbers vary greatly at Pyramid Lake

BY PAUL LEBOWITZ/WON Staff WriterPublished: Mar 14, 2019

SUTCLIFFE, Nev. — Doug Ouellette of Pyramid Lake Guide Service is a no-nonsense guide. He’s plain spoken and that means he’s among the first to tell people most shore-based fly casters at Nevada’s legendary cutthroat lake only manage 1 to 2 fish per day. Yet, some days are better than others, and some days verge on the legendary for some fortunate people.

pyramidreleasePYRAMID RELEASE — Pyramid Fishing Company guide Casey Anderson releases a great cutthroat he caught after guiding for the day at the North Nets on Pyramid Lake using Mayor Midge.


“We had a great trip. We had a group of guys and it was the best of the year, unbelievable,” he said.


Ouellette didn’t want to talk numbers lest he oversell the usual possibilities. He left it at, “Seeing is believing,” and sent in several photos depicting big fish and even a rare triple for his clients Ron Larson, Tyler Barrett and Brady Panatopolous, all from Idaho.


“It really picked up. The storms came in and the fish started coming in more,” he said. He and his group were at the right beach at the right time – he wouldn’t say where – when a series of schools came in and fell for their old dependables like popcorn beetles, midnight cowboys and black midges.


Ouellette predicted fishing will improve as the month progresses.


At Crosby’s Lodge, 3 shore fish and one boat fish over 10 pounds were logged by anglers who kept trophies. The biggest, 14 pounds, 9 ounces, was caught by Frank Kafka of Murrieta at Separator Beach while using a green popcorn beetle.


For boaters, only the weekend weather was kind enough to get on the water safely. George Molino of Cutthroat Charters was out on a guided trip Saturday, and said his clients landed 9 cutthroat while fishing 20 to 30 feet of water in the Nets area. Most of the fish were in the 20- to 24-inch range, and there were at least 3 keepers.


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