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Written By: David Hurley, April 2, 2014
Location: Pyramid Lake,
“I have never seen so many shore fishermen and campers in my life as there are at the lake right now,” said Joe Mendes of Eagle Eye Charters at Crosby’s Lodge.
Mendes credits the high interest on the introduction of the Pilot Peak strain of Lahontan cutthroat and the tremendous number of huge fish landed this year. Shore anglers are finding the best action, and the majority of large fish are taken by fly fishermen.
Mendes said, “Of the top 20 fish weighed in during the recent Ken Hembree Memorial Hook, Line, and Sinker tournament, only one 6-pounder was landed on a boat with the remaining cutthroats to 17- pounds landed from the shoreline.”
“The currents in the lake have been ‘furious’ in the 1.5 to 2 knot range, and the water in the south side of the lake is murky due to the currents. Shore fishermen have the advantage since the fish are holding in the small cuts and drop offs where we can’t get to in boats.” Mendes was able to put his clients on to quality Lahontans at 12.5 and 9 pounds on recent trips, but the trolling numbers have been minimal.
George Molino of Cutthroat Charters confirmed the slowdown in action, saying, “Things have went downhill over our last few trips where a few weeks ago we were catching fish in the 20’s and 30’s, but we are scratching for a few quality fish.”
Rob Anderson of Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing said, “Nymphing or shooting heads remained the top fly presentations, and the fish are spread throughout the lake from Popcorn Beach on the south end of the lake to Monument Rock on the north end.” Red or wine Maholos, copper tops, or Albino Winos are all effective as well as Midnight Cowboys, olive Martinis, or Popcorn Beetles on the bottom.
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