Pyramid Lake drawing anglers for trophy Lahontan cutthroat

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MID LAKE BEACH came through for Drew Shane who bagged this 17.86-pound Pyramid Lake cutt.
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BY DAVE HURLEY

SUTLIFFE – Pyramid Lake remains THE location for North- ern California shore casters, fly anglers and trollers in search of truly large Lahontan cutthroat trout. Since the reintroduction of the Pilot Peak strain several years ago, the size of the trout has exploded, and anglers have responded in turn.

J.D. Richey of Richey Sport Fishing continues to troll for Lahontans out of his 26-foot foot River Wild vessel, and he said, “The windy weather over the weekend made for rough conditions, even in the big boat. The bite is solid, and we have been doing well by trolling Flatfish in chartreuse or frog along with Rapalas for plenty of action. Eight year-old Chase Forcier of El Dorado Hills land- ed the trophy of his young life at 15 pounds on a 3.5-inch MagLip.”

Captain Robert Hagerty of the Pyramid Fly Shop in Reno said, “What a fun week this has been. There are big fish being caught at most beaches every day. It has been awesome as you can pick a beach and fish it. The cutthroats are definitely cruising the ledges picking off our offerings. Midges in size 8 to 10 or leeches in size 6 to 10 hung below an indicator has been our main go- to; but with that said, the stripping bite has really improved with the first couple of hours in the morning being best and picks back around 4:00 p.m. with a combination of Woolly Worms and Popcorn Beetles. Spin fisherman throwing marabou jigs are also scoring as an 3/8- ounce marabou jig is hard to beat. The water temperature is 47 degrees at 6 feet on the main lake. Fishing is good and it’s only going to get better. Our guide, Morgan Kane, put Drew Shane of Bend Oregon onto a 17.86-pound Lahontan at Mid Lake Beach on a white streamer.”

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