Southern CA Freshwater

Gorman: Pyramid Lake gets massive 3½-ton trout plant to kick off summer

BY BLAKE WARREN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jun 12, 2019

GORMAN — Calaveras Trout Farm made its rounds this past week in a big way, dumping tonnage of trout into a number of L.A.-area lakes. One such stop on the hatchery’s recent delivery route was Pyramid Lake, which received 7,000 pounds of rainbows this past Thursday, followed by another smaller stocking the following day, setting the stage for a stringer-filling weekend and what should likely be a nice run on big swimbait fish in the week ahead.

troutlimitsTROUT LIMITS WERE commonplace at Pyramid Lake this past weekend after a pair of trout stocks on Thursday and Friday, which included some quality 2- and 3-pound models. Expect more trout plants over the next couple weeks, say staffers at the lake

Trout limits were commonplace throughout the weekend after the heavy load of reinforcements arrived, with big catch numbers coming from the marina area on out to Spanish Point and Bear Trap, reported lake staffers. The quality of the stock was apparent too, with quite a few 2 to 3-plus pounders showing for weekend trouters. Minijigs, Thomas Buoyant and Kastmaster spoons, inflated nightcrawlers and various colors of PowerBait are all doing the trick at the moment. Even more trout plants are expected in the weeks ahead, so stay tuned.

Surely it’s not the just the trout guys who are excited about all the fresh targets now swimming around, as the heavy plant ought to spark the big swimbait bite on stripers and bigger largemouth in the days ahead, so break out the trout imitations. Staffers reported a decent topwater bite on striped bass for the first couple hours of the day with the bait crowd doing best after that with sardines, anchovies and lugworms.

Both largemouth and smallmouth have been on a good chew in numerous coves throughout the lake. There’s been a short window for topwater at first light and Rapala squarebills are also getting some grabs early in Sharon’s Rest and the Hawk’s Nest area, said SoCal guide Rusty Brown. There have also been a few spinnerbait fish mixed in. Otherwise it’s been weedless Flukes and wacky-rigged 5-inch Senkos in watermelon or green pumpkin colors doing best in Yellow Bar, Serrano and Bear Trap in 10 to 15 feet of water.

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