Opening Weeks Bring Best Opportunities for Trollers
The Lahontan cutthroat trout season opened on October 1st, but the action at the start of the season has been slower than experienced last year.
Joe Mendes of Eagle Eye Charters at Crosby’s Lodge reported the best action has occurred in the northeast region of the lake, and Crosby’s Lodge listed the largest fish in the past week landed by Sherman Biscard at 11-pounds/8.8-ounces hooked on a green Flatfish off of Hell’s Kitchen.
Dick Nichols of Dick’s Fishing Charters in Shaver Lake took his initial trip to the lake during the week of October 7 with Lee Gates and Dave Dungy of the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project.
They went south of Crosby’s to troll along the points with access to deep water for up to 40 cutthroats ranging from 19 to 22 inches pulling Flatfish in Blood Red Frog or Frog behind Mountain Flashers at depths to 20 feet on side poles or at depths from 25 to 30 feet on the downrigger. On the deeper lines, Nichols ran the Flatfish behind a mini-Mountain Flasher.
He added, “A couple of local fishermen went to the northeast side of the lake, but they only picked up four cutthroats.”
Bank fishing is best with heavy spoons from the shoreline with access to deep water such as Spider Point or Block House.
Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing reported fly anglers should find the few locations with deep water access, and target depths from 15 to 25 feet with minnow patterns in sizes 2 through 6 on a fast sinking, shooting head. The fly fishing should improve as the water continues to cool down and the trout migrate towards the shallows.Back To Reports