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By the Fish Sniffer Staff
February 27, 2010
Updated Regularly

PYRAMID LAKE CUTTHROAT TROUT
(Sutcliffe) Fisherwomen had the upper hand during Crosby’s Lodge annual President’s Day Tournament, claiming two of the top three places. Debbie Finnell, a first-time angler, proved the first time is the charm with a first place cutthroat weighing 12 pounds, 8 ounces.
Ken Tadman landed a second place fish at 11 pounds, 13.6-ounces. Peggy Navarrete scored again for the distaff side with an 11-pound, 9.6-ounce cutthroat.
Larry Nunez of Crosby’s Lodge said, “Both trollers and fly-fishermen are landing fish, and there were a couple of 11-pounders brought in on Wednesday, February 17. Trollers have been dragging Flatfish in yellow/red or large spoons in red/white at depths from 15 to 35 feet with fly-fishermen finding black flies the top pattern.”
Carla Molino of the Pyramid Lake Store reported, “We thought things were going to break out over the three-day weekend with all of the great weather that we have experiencing, but the bite didn’t really take off until Monday, President’s Day.”
She added that her husband, George, put a client onto an 8.5-pounder on a watermelon Apex lure. “Prior to the start of this week, George has had to work hard, and by all means it is not without effort now, but fishing is clearly improving,” said Molino.
The launch ramp is open with all of the snow cleared from the surrounding mountains. The next tournament is scheduled for March 13th at Crosby’s Lodge – the Hook, Line and Sinker – a two-day tournament with a registration fee of $60.00. Information on the derby – (775) 476-0400

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Great Places to Fish
Pyramid Lake closes to fishing from June 30 through September 30, while Walker Lake cutthroat fishing slows down during the summer. However, other northern Nevada lakes will provide solid trout action from the summer through fall, especially when many lakes are full or spilling over. Rye Patch Reservoir provides anglers with some unique fish, "wipers," white/ striped bass hybrids, on jigs, crankbaits or live minnows. Knott Creek Reservoir, northwest of Winnemucca, is a trophy trout lake that produces catch and release fish for trophy trout on nymphs.

South Fork Lake produces good smallmouth bass fishing in the summer on plastics. Rainbow Trout averaging 18 inches and some browns are on tap for anglers trolling spinners with downriggers.

Wildhorse is expected to produce slower action than last year, but yields rainbows averaging 15 inches for anglers fishing flies and spinners from float tubes. Wilson Lake has rainbow trout in the 16 inch range for nightcrawlers on the bottom.

Fair largemouth bass action is expected in the Ruby Marshes, while lunker brown and rainbows, along with some brook and tiger trout are caught on bait and spinners. The high lakes of the Ruby Mountains are expected to be open in July for brook trout fishing.

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