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Pyramid Lake regulations to change

Pyramid Lake is scheduled to open soon for Lahontan Cutthroat Trout angling, and there will be some pretty significant changes in the form of new regulations.

These changes were proposed this past spring as the season was winding down to its June 30 closure. Anglers were asked to comment on the proposed changes, and many did.

According to the Pyramid Lake Ranger station, here is a summary of the most significant changes to sport fishing:



First of all, barbless hooks are now required for all anglers. Fishermen can crimp their existing hooks to comply.

The second change is probably the most significant for shore-fishing anglers. It involves a March 15 to May 16 closure of the area from Sutcliffe Marina to the end of the South Nets to protect spawning fish. The closure is huge because during this time frame the fish would congregate in this area and would provide some incredible angling opportunities.



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 created when people were trying to launch or land their boats.

For boating anglers, the good news is that down riggers will still be allowed. There was some question as to whether they would be allowed this season.

If there is any good news, it appears that the fee increase that was being proposed will not go into effect. As a result, fees for fishing and boating should be the same as they were last season.

The Rangers also highlighted a couple of additional regulation changes that were not fishing related, but were of interest to those who frequent the lake.

Apparently, no alcohol will be allowed on the Marina Beach and Long Beach. If you are not familiar with these beaches you should stop at the Ranger station and inquire just to be on the safe side ” that is, if you intend to consume any alcoholic beverages.

Also, Pyramid Beach and Stone Mother are going to be a day use areas only, but you can camp at Red and Anderson Bay. These are located on the east side of the lake.

While it appears that not all of the proposed regulations came to pass, the closure from March 15 to May 16, and the closure of fishing within 500 feet of the docks and the docks themselves are going to be significant to the shore-angling community.

The one question I have not been able to have answered yet is just how far offshore the closure between the Marina and South Nets extends off shore.

It is pretty clear that shore anglers will be forced to fish much less productive waters during this period. As a result, I would not be surprised to see a drop-off in the number of anglers fishing the lake.

Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.


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