Fishing Season: October 1- June 30

Pyramid Lake - NV

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Orvis Reno's Tip of the Week

Shore fishing is really good. Indicator fishing is a good way to go when there's good wave action. Switch to the stripping game when the water becomes still.

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Map of Pyramid Lake

5-Day Outlook as of 1/29/23

Really cold with a couple of weather systems coming through this week but the fishing should remain excellent.

Techniques & Tips as of 1/29/23

Hanging balanced leeches and or chironomids is working excellent from shore.

Local Species Available October 1- June 30

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    Lahontan Cutthroat

Orvis Reno's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Woolly Bugger Olive 8
Rojo Midge Red 8
Bead Head Brassie™ Black 8
Woolly Bugger white 8
Balanced Leechs black, chartreuse, o 8-12
Beetles/boobys chartreuse, white, p 6
Clouser Minnow Black 6
Clouser Minnow Olive, White 6
Mahalo Nymph or Midge Black, red, wine 10-16
chironomids black, wine, red 8-16

Woolly Bugger

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Orvis Reno's Recommended Gear

Description: About Pyramid Lake

Pyramid Lake is a desert lake located on Paiute Indian reservation land. A Nevada fishing license is not needed, however a permit must be purchased for fishing or boating on the lake. At 11 miles long and 4 miles wide, this is a very large lake that can be quite intimidating to the first time fisherman, however it can be fished similar to many other small stillwaters. It can also be a very demanding piece of water to fish due to the wind and cold. However the rewards definitely more than make up for the elements. Pyramid Lake is home to the Lahontan Cutthroat which grows to epic porportions. Ten plus pound fish are not out of the ordinary and large fish push 20 plus pounds.

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Chironomids Balanced leech Tui chub Beetles

Best Time to Fish:

Mornings and Evenings on fair weather days. All day on overcast days.

Best Stretch:

Limited recreation use between from monument to Popcorn.

Best Access:

Windless Bay, Pelican Point, and Blockhouse