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Cutthroat spawn winding down at Pyramid Lake

BY PAUL LEBOWITZ/WON Staff WriterPublished: May 08, 2019

SUTCLIFFE — Pyramid Lake Fisheries (PLF) conducted their last cutthroat spawn of the season in their quickly flooding spawning raceways, according to George Molino of Cutthroat Charters, yet there are still fish patrolling the shoreline in a romantic mood.

happinessisHAPPINESS IS A big cutthroat trout from Pyramid Lake like the one that Alli Hargis of Salt Lake City caught and released with Sam Hall at Pelican Beach using a Nicola Cone Midge while fishing with guide Chris Nicola of Pyramid Fishing Company

PLF was compelled to complete its spawning program because the lake level continues to rise with the Truckee River running high. The eggs PLF collects will be cultured in the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe hatcheries, and will eventually be stocked, replenishing and even growing the resource.

With more and more cutthroat in post-spawn mode and wanting to eat, the bite has picked up. A Monday outing for Glenn Lemon of Pilot Peak Guide Service was illustrative. Lemon said his clients each caught 7 to 8 fish up to 15 pounds. Jack Asdourian of Redding caught the big fish while he was working a size 12 black and copper midge.

A couple days later Lemon was back at it on his boat. His clients reportedly caught 25 cutthroat including four 9 pounders. “We got into them. They were all post-spawn fish and they were big,” he said. He said the fish were fooled by white and brown FlatFish or the frog in white and black. They were holding between 40 and 60 feet.

George Molino of Cutthroat Charters said he had the best day of this season on Friday when his clients caught 15 cutthroat. “We’re to that time of year I’ve been waiting for. It was a good day, good weather, good water,” he said.

The heaviest cutthroat checked in at Crosby’s Lodge was a 16.30-pound fish caught by Jim Kammerer of Santa Rosa from a boat while using a yellow and red U20 lure. Fish on their lunker list were split evenly between shore and boat anglers.

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