Fishing At Pyramid Lake
AKA: Pyramid Reservoir
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Guide to fishing for cutthroat trout and Sacramento perch at Pyramid Lake in Nevada.
Home to monster cutthroat trout, Pyramid Lake holds the world record Lahontan cutthroat at 11 pounds 1 ounce. There are 80 miles of shoreline, much of which is easily accessible, around this 120,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, 4 miles north of Nixon, NV.
Pyramid Lake is a stunning desert lake located in the northern part of Nevada, within the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation. It is renowned for its unique and ancient Lahontan cutthroat trout, making it a popular destination for anglers seeking a unique and challenging fishing experience.
The most coveted fish species at Pyramid Lake is the Lahontan cutthroat trout, which is the largest species of cutthroat trout in the world. These trout can grow to impressive sizes, with some individuals reaching over 30 pounds. Anglers from far and wide visit Pyramid Lake to try their luck at catching these iconic and majestic fish.
Fishing at Pyramid Lake typically involves shoreline fishing, where anglers stand on the rocky beaches or wade into the lake's clear waters. The best fishing usually occurs during the cooler months, from October to May, when the trout are more active and closer to the shoreline.
Since Pyramid Lake is located on tribal land, a tribal fishing permit is required for all anglers, and certain areas may have restricted access. It is essential to respect tribal regulations and practice catch-and-release to ensure the conservation of the precious Lahontan cutthroat trout population.
While boating is allowed on Pyramid Lake, it is subject to certain restrictions, and anglers must follow the specific boating regulations set by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. Camping is also available at designated areas around the lake, providing a unique opportunity to experience the beauty and tranquility of this desert oasis.
With its stunning scenery and the chance to catch one of the largest cutthroat trout in the world, Pyramid Lake remains a must-visit destination for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts seeking a memorable fishing experience in the heart of the Nevada desert.
Bait is not allowed as this lake is limited to artificial lures only. Most fishing from the bank is done along the southwestern shoreline. In addition to the unique approach of ladder fishing, anglers troll or cast from boats to reach trout, which move about aggressively in search of food. Perch also reside here and can be taken on small artificial lures and jigs. Popcorn Boat Ramp and the Pelican Point Boat Ramp are the two primary spots for launching larger pleasure and fishing boats. Canoes, kayaks and car-top boats can be launched most anywhere there is public access. Pyramid Lake Marina and RV Park has camping, dining and a general store.
Primary fish species residing in Pyramid Lake
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Pyramid Lake Amenities
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
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Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings
Pyramid Lake Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Pyramid Lake Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.
Pyramid Lake Marina Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off N Lakeview Drive, this is a two-lane, earthen ramp with a dock and primitive parking.
Warrior Point Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Pyramid Lake Road, this is a one-lane, earthen ramp with primitive parking.
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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby
Pyramid Lake Marina and RV Park - 775 575-2185
Warrior Point Beach Campground - 775 476-1155
Ladder Beach Campground - 775 476-1155
Separator Beach Campground - 775 476-1155
Pyramid Lake NV Map - Fishing & Camping Areas
Pyramid Lake Marina and RV Park
2500 Sutcliff Loop Rd
Reno, NV 89510
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