Bruce Ajari: Cutthroat trout starting to cruise shallows at Pyramid Lake
April 28, 2009
Well folks, it appears the fishing at Pyramid Lake in Nevada is going to get better as we begin to warm up. A trip out there this past weekend brought some much-sought-after results after several fruitless trips.
As I chronicled earlier in a column, this has been quite a tough year for fishermen at this world-renowned lake that sits in our backyard on the Paiute Indian Reservation northeast of Reno. The fishing has been extremely inconsistent, and for this late in the spring, we should be seeing many fish in the shallow waters of the lake.
This was certainly not the case the previous week. After a tough morning where we had no action, we decided to move and see what some of the high-impact areas looked like.
We wanted to take a look at the North Nets, which is closed, just to see if we could see some fish cruising the shallows. Typically this time of the year, prior to closing the Nets, large numbers of fish would be cruising right along the shoreline, and we could see them from the bluffs above.
Upon getting there, the first thing that struck me was that there were no pelicans near shore at all. That’s usually not a good sign. After 15 minutes of watching, it was obvious that there were no fish in the shallow waters. We went farther north to another high-profile area, Pelican Point.
The story was the same there. Where we saw hundreds of fish the prior year, we could see absolutely none in the shallow waters. During our stay we only saw one fish caught in a massive line-up of anglers, boats and personal watercraft.
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A quick check of another high-impact area south of the old South Nets, also closed, yielded much of the same results. We saw no caught, which means there were few if any fish swimming in the shallows.
Are we to believe the global warming theory and inconsistent temperatures that was theorized by the Fisheries person from our recent club outing as the cause?
I heard another interesting theory posed to me by one of the area guides who had had a conversation with a Fisheries person as well. This one indicated that they were considering reopening the Nets area thinking that it might be the fishermen who are luring the fish into that area. Is there a possibility that an artificial hatch is being created? Not real likely on this one!
With the warm spell that was coming, I thought that perhaps the water would warm to a more consistently high temperature and maintain that and bring the fish in and keep them there.
That seems to have been the case, because this past week was the first in which we saw a number of fish cruising along the shore ” not the numbers that we may be accustomed to seeing, but the action was much better than the previous weeks. Reports from earlier in the week seemed to indicate that this was also the case during times of warmer temperatures.
We were certainly encouraged. I think that the fishing here should definitely be good from now until the water gets too warm.
” Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.
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