Proposed Pyramid Lake regulations approved |

Proposed Pyramid Lake regulations approved

The Tribal Council of the Pyramid Lake Paiutes has approved the recently proposed changes in Pyramid Lake Fishing Regulations that I wrote about this past month.

The following is a statement by Scott Carey, Tribal Planner:

and#8220;The approved regulation changes are focused on changes to the fishing regulations requested from local fisherman and business owners, implementing invasive species protection and making the regulations more user friendly to visitors.

The approved fishing regulations remove the closure of the nets area during spawning season from March 15 through May 16. Other fishing regulations changes include removing the limit on Sacramento Perch and updating language to make it more user-friendly for fisherman Other approved changes include implementing language to increase awareness and allow the Tribe to stop vessels from entering Pyramid Lake that may be infested with aquatic invasive species.-

The approved changes incorporate language that is consistent with other agenciesand#8217; efforts to stop aquatic invasive species from entering lakes and destroying the ecosystem and economy. At this time the Tribe is not implementing a mandatory inspection program and fee system; the approved changes only allow ranger staff to educate users about invasive species and perform voluntary inspections of vessels.and#8221;

As a result of these regulation changes, the tribal council is allowing fishing in the Nets Area to begin this past Saturday, April 2. This change has lifted a three-year closure of the Nets Area to recreation anglers.

The previous closure coincided with the spawning cycle of the threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout. At the time, the Tribe felt that sportfishing was detrimental to the spawning cutthroat trout and the closure was put into place.

Anglers should be happy that this change has taken place. While the Nets Area is extremely productive during this period, I would urge all to exercise great care with the fish and practice catch-and-release.

A word of caution, the Nets Area can get extremely crowded during this period and we have witnessed some ugly human behavior when they were previously open. Letand#8217;s hope that the lifting of the closure does not come with a repeat of this contentious behavior.

Enjoy the great fishing and treat other anglers as you would want to be treated yourself.

and#8212; Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.

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