Fishing Season: October 1- June 30

Pyramid Lake - NV

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

52

Orvis Reno's Tip of the Week

Pyramid Lake is open but with some restrictions. Check Pyramid Lake Pauite Tribe Website for up to date information and guidelines http://www.plpt.nsn.us/ Fishing has been great! This is a great time of year to enjoy some great fishing while enjoying some nice weather. Fishing a woolly bugger with a boobie or beetle behind if has continued to be very productive. The fish are in shallow water, so you don't need to cast very far. The key will be figuring out what depth the fish are in. Make sure to count as your flies sink before you begin your retrieve. Also make sure you're retrieving for flies at a slower pace, so you don't snag fish if they are schooled together. Fishing with midges under an indicator is still very good and will result in snagging less fish. Fishing between 6'-10' , depending on the beach, has been working well.

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Map of Pyramid Lake

5-Day Outlook as of 4/8/21

As the water warms the fish will start to get more in the spawn mode. As this happens the fish become more closed lipped and harder to catch. A good rule of thumb: if you can see the fish it's probably not going to eat your flies. Please try not to snag these fish.

Techniques & Tips as of 4/8/21

Indicator fishing with balanced leeches, mahalo nymphs, and/or chironomids. Strip bait fish patterns or wooly buggers with boobys or beetles. Go deep with jig patterns when the water temperature is warm.

Current Conditions as of 4/8/21

As the water warms the fish will start to get more in the spawn mode. As this happens the fish become more closed lipped and harder to catch. A good rule of thumb: if you can see the fish it's probably not going to eat your flies. Please try not to snag these fish.

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
Woolly Bugger black 8
Woolly Bugger Red 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.

Nearest Airport:

Reno-Tahoe

Hatches:

chironomids tui chub beetles

Best Time to Fish:

all day

Best Stretch:

Limited recreation use between from monument to Popcorn.

Best Access:

Windless Bay, Pelican Point, and Blockhouse