The Fish Sniffer - Shore Fishermen Pull In Big Cutthroats
Shore Fishermen Pull In Big Cutthroats

Written By: David Hurley, April 18, 2014
Species: Trout
Location: Pyramid Lake,

The trolling action has slowed considerably over the past week, leading Joe Mendes of Eagle Eye Charters at Crosby’s Lodge in Sutcliffe to say, “It you hook a dozen fish right now, you have had a really good day.”

His last three trips have produced 12 cutthroats, 11 cutthroats, and 8 cutthroat to 9 pounds working ‘all over the place.” He went across the lake to the east side at Hell’s Kitchen on his last trip, and in spite of finding a better grade of fish,

The lake’s currents remain very strong, and Mendes is puzzled as to why the currents are arriving on a nearly daily basis. He continues to run rainbow trout or red dot frog Apex lures or U20 Flatfish in Bloody Frog on a setback of 150 to 200 feet weighted with a 1.5 to 2-ounce banana sinker or on the downrigger at depths between 25 and 35 feet.

George Molino of Cutthroat Charters hasn’t been out in a few weeks, but he reported continued decent action from the shoreline, particularly beaches with deep water access such as Block House or Popcorn Beach.

Rob Anderson of Pyramid Lake Fly Fishing reported, “The fish are really spread out, and there is not just one just one spot to find them. You can either move a lot to find fish or stay in one place and wait it out.”

He advised using shooting heads with Olive Martinis, Midnight Cowboys, and pink or white Woolly Buggers. Nymphing with red Maholo’s or Albino Wino midges under an indicator or Hover line is also an effective rig.

Shore fishermen are still landing most of the big fish, and the regulars that have caught more than a dozen fish over 10 pounds continue to score with Pyramidge flies near Wino Beach or the North or South Nets.



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