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Pyramid Lake fishing picking up

Bruce Ajari
Gone Fishin'

While spring does not begin until March 20, the weather lately has felt very spring-like. And with temperatures in the high 40s and 50s, fishermen are beginning to think about fishing.

Being on daylight-saving time already is another reason for the spring-like feeling. The earlier change in moving our clocks forward makes for longer days.

A check on what is beginning to happen in one of our area waters indicates that fishing is beginning to pick up. One of the waters that gets a lot of attention by locals is Pyramid Lake northeast of Reno, on the Paiute Indian Reservation.

Spring is spawning season for the large Lahontan cutthroat trout that inhabit the lake. While they are listed as a threatened species, angling is permitted for them on the reservation due to their excellent hatchery program.

Anglers will be greeted with several significant new regulations. First of all, barbless hooks are now required for all anglers. Fishermen must use barbless hooks on their artificial lures or flies, or must crimp hooks that have barbs on them to comply.

The second change is probably the most significant for shore-fishing anglers. It involves a closure from Saturday, March 15 to Friday, May 16 from Sutcliffe Marina to the end of the South Nets to protect spawning fish. This closure is huge, because during this time frame the fish congregate in the area and provide some incredible angling opportunities. The closure extends 1,000 feet into the lake, so anglers with watercraft will not be able to fish the drop-offs close to shore where the majority of fish tend to cruise.

Fishing will also not be allowed from any docks located on the water. An example would be the dock at Pelican Point, which drew huge crowds because of the concentration of fish close to the docks. There is also going to be no fishing allowed within 500 feet of the docks to eliminate the danger that fishermen caused when people were trying to launch or land their boats.

While enforcement of the latter has been pretty much nonexistent during the winter, I suspect that the rangers will be enforcing things this spring.

Anglers who fish Pyramid regularly will not have the large number fish days that they are used to from shore because of the closure from Sutcliffe Marina to the South Nets. This is the area that most large-number days were logged. As a result, the number of anglers who frequent this lake should be way down since the success rate will go way down.

We have already seen fewer anglers during the winter season at the lake. The Pyramid Lake Store also indicates that fishing permit sales and their fishing charters are way down.