Ajari: Break in weather a perfect time to fish Pyramid Lake
Well itand#8217;s a nice mid-winter break in the weather. While we have had some decent snowfall, much more is needed to help fill our local lakes and streams to provide the much-needed water to support our local fisheries.
On a trip this past weekend to Pyramid Lake on the Paiute Indian reservation northeast of Reno, we were greeted with spring-like conditions. The great weather brought out a large number of fishermen for the final weekend of Crosbyand#8217;s President Week Fishing Derby.
We were fly fishing as usual and things began slowly for us during the early morning hours. While the boats coming by were picking up fish in front of us, the fish seemed to be just out of our range from shore. During our break for lunch one of my fishing buddies from the past showed up. We had not fished together in a number of years, and it was great to reconnect and fish together the rest of the day.
After a break for lunch we traveled to a different location to see if we could do any better in a different part of the lake. It turned out to be a very good move. Our success improved considerably and we had one of our best days of the winter.
Most experienced Pyramid Lake anglers will tell you to move if you do not find fish right away. Others will tell you that fish will pass by if you wait it out. Their theory is that the schooling fish that are cruising along the edge of the lake will travel by your location sooner or later.
The fish also seem to be more numerous close to shore during low-light periods, so early morning and evening hours appear to be the best on a consistent basis. Pyramid is also notorious for providing good angling during some of the worst winter weather.
On fair days such as the one we experienced on Sunday, fishing seems to be best when there is some wind, particularly an inshore wind. Wind is a great aid to the angler. Fish are very aware of predators from overhead such as osprey, eagles and pelicans. This makes them very wary during clear, calm days.
On this particular day we were blessed with a favorable inshore wind, a beautiful spring-like day and a group of great friends. As I said earlier, with the fish cooperating, it turned out to be the best day of the winter for us. Typically, fishing at this lake begins to slowly pick up around mid February into the peak spring spawning period.
and#8212; Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.