• Cuttthroat Trout Season is from October 1st through June 30th
About Pyramid Lake Nevada
The native people of the area are the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. They inhabited the land for centuries prior to the arrival of John Fremont in 1844. The Paiute Tribe known as “NUMU” meaning “The People” lived off of the wildlife in the area eating the Cui-ui fish and are named “The Cui-ui eaters”, they also ate the Cutthroat Trout. The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe is a very spiritual, peaceful and proud people. The land and it’s landmarks are held sacred and are to be given the utmost respect. We are very fortunate to be given the opportunity to visit their land.
Pyramid Lake is located on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation which is approximately 30 miles north of the cities Reno-Sparks. The Reservation was established on March 23, 1874. It is governed by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. The Tribal Offices are located in the town of Nixon. The Tribe produces the “Pyramid” strain of Lahontan Cutthroat (often referred to as the “Summit” strain) and the USFWS produces the “Pilot Peak”strain which is the original lake dwelling strain of cutthroat that has been reintroduced (see link below). The fishery speaks for itself, they both have done an outstanding job with their management. This past year the original strain now referred to as the Pilot Peak strain spawned on their own for the first time in several decades in the Truckee River. See the “VIDEOS” page on this web site.
Pyramid Lake Nevada is the home of the largest Cutthroat Trout in the world. These massive Lahontan Cutthroat Trout grow to fantastic sizes up to and over 20 pounds in the high alkali waters of Pyramid Lake. The staple food source for these monster fish are the Tui Chubs. Along with the giant cutthroat, the lake supports the rare Cui-ui fish that are found no where else on Earth except at Pyramid Lake. Pyramid Lake is a desert lake located approximately 30 miles northeast of Sparks Nevada. The lake is fed from Lake Tahoe by the Truckee River. Pyramid Lake is the last remaining water from the ancient Lahontan Sea of over 12,500 years ago. Pyramid Lake is an Endorheic System meaning that it has no outlet and the water levels go down with evaporation. With this evaporation, the alkali content rises which is now very high at around a PH of 9.3. The water temperatures range from around 75 degrees in summer down to 42 degrees in the winter.
Reintroducing the Original Strain of Cutthroat
Click on the link below for more info: www.fws.gov/cno/newsroom/featured/2016/lahontan_cutthroat_trout/
Shore angling is great throughout the lake with “The Nets” near Crosby Lodge being one of the most popular areas, see the “Beaches to Fish” page for more spots to fish Pyramid. Fly fishermen find success using large Woolly Buggers, Popcorn Beetles, Midges, and Tui Chub patterns. See the “Fly Patterns” page for more fly patterns for Pyramid Lake.
Fish Species of Pyramid Lake
“Pyramid Strain”or “Summit Strain” Lahontan Cutthroat Trout
Original “Pilot Peak Strain” Lahontan Cutthroat Trout
Book a trip now for a great day on the water at world famous Pyramid Lake Nevada!