Pyramid Lake Fishing

A young angler learns how to cast on a ladder.Welcome to Pyramid Lake, home to the world's largest Lahontan cutthroat trout! Fishing can be successful from either boat or shore. Bait fishing is prohibited; only artificial lures may be used. Trout are very active in their search for food, and are often in shallow water. Boaters do best by trolling flatfish, Apex lures, Holograms, and other minnow imitations. Many trollers use down riggers or outriggers. Jigging can be another successful technique when you have located a school of fish. We suggest trying a light action spinning rod, with 6 to 8 pound line and 1/8 to 1/4 ounce black marabou jigs, or crippled herring. Be willing to alter your technique - trout in Pyramid move around a lot, and something that worked yesterday, may not work today.

Pyramid Lake is unique in that it is the only lake where the shore anglers use ladders to fish from. The ladders allow fisherman to stand comfortably in 3-4 foot water along the shoreline breaks where trout move. Fly fishermen catch more than their share of big fish at Pyramid Lake. We recommend a fast-sinking shooting head, and retrieving along the bottom near drop-offs. Black and purple woolly worms and woolly buggers are traditional favorites. Try using two different sizes, using one as a dropper, to find out what the fish are hitting on.

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Map of Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River

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