View Full Version : Pyramid 5-5 and 5-6-06

05-07-2006, 08:46 PM
Took digger over the hill for his first Pyramid trip, launch Sat and it took us a while to find the fish but when we did we had a great day. Boated around 30 or so, but no big ones ::) Visited and had fun Sat night with Doc and Eilene and even Bite Me II showed up to say hello, he looked great and Doc and Eilene intertained us till late ;) Sunday Doc and Bite Me II decided to fish with digger and me on my boat ;D We had a blast, everyone caught plenty of fish and digger caught a nice 23"er to lead for about 5 minutes with the largest fish ;D ;D ;D Then I just happened to hook a 25"er just so he wouldn't have bragging rights with the boys. Saw Hinrid and heard Mako on the radio also, but we never saw Mako, he doesn't launch early and he fishes late. I think I was going to bed when he came off the water ;D Great weather and great company, we did miss hammer, no one to give a bad time to ;D ;D ;D ;D Brad, Ken and Lee, thanks for the great time ;)

05-07-2006, 09:00 PM
Awsome day on the water!! It was great to be out there again!!

Thanks Guys, it meant alot!!

8-) 8-)

05-07-2006, 09:05 PM
Great trip, coumputer hicup tonight, pics tomorrow! Thanks everyone.

05-08-2006, 07:01 AM
Weather was definitely not typical Pyramid weather. It was warm and flat 90% of the weekend. Finding where the fish were was really the only difficult part of fishing. My fishing partner and I managed an average of close to 20 fish per day. We had 2 over 24"'s. The interesting part of the weekend was how deep the fish were on the east side. On Friday, the fish were biting in 25' of water and on Saturday, we were catching the majority of our fish 35' to 40' deep.

05-08-2006, 07:05 AM
Mick, did you hear Mako on the radio on Sunday? He might be in the reservation pokie for desacrating reservation property.

05-08-2006, 08:07 AM
Yes Dave, he was out there ;D I heard the Ranger was looking for him again though ;) ;) ;D ;D I did forget to put in my report that lime green and white worked well most of the 2 days, spoons or Lymans. Ken was using a fire tiger Rap ;) On Sat we caught most of our fish at 14' on the riggers and a few down to 35'. Sunday we fished 2 riggers down to 10' or so and 2 top lines, digger's 23"er came on top, and my 25"er was caught when I dropped down to 35' for a while. The fish actually put up a good fight no matter what size they were, when we were there 2 weeks ago the small ones didn't fight at all. My guess is the warmer water, Doc will tell us the real reason later ;)

05-08-2006, 08:16 AM
Mako seems to be trying really hard to get the Tribe to award him with a lifetime ban. >:(

It was indeed a beautiful weekend at Pyramid. *The fishing pressure is actually starting to drop as the pleasure boat types are moving in. *But the fishing was excellent, which is not always the case when the lake is calm. *The surface temperature was between 54 and 56 degrees and the thermocline is starting to set up at around 60 ft. *That means that the water temperature is still 50 degrees all the way down to 60 ft and the fish are scattered throughout the upper part of the water column.

Eileen and I had no luck at all trolling very shallow on the East side early in the AM on Saturday. *But I had to troll faster than I would have liked since my trolling motor wouldn't start. *We moved out to 30-50 ft of water and picked up 10 fish starting at 8:30. *They hit from 6-14 ft down on the wire. *They were all immature silver fish between 17 and 19". *(BTW Hindrid, the males don't turn red until they become sexually mature.) *We heard that Mickey and Digger were also into smaller suspended fish off Hell's Kitchen, so we moved up to Fox Bay and pick up 4 larger fish, but none over 24", fishing in 6-12" of water.

Bite_Me_II showed up that afternoon back at camp right after he got back from Stanford with his new gold implants. ;) *Ken looked really great considering everything he has been through. *We hung out watching one of Mickey's favorite movies (the one where Paris Hilton gets killed :)). *The BS was so good we all road together in Mickey's boat on Sunday. After a slow start in the AM, the fishing broke wide open. *Some overcast moved in and it turned out to be one of those days where the fish would hit just about any lure from the surface down to 25 ft. * Mickey only changed lures about 3 times. ;) *Reeling in all those fish was quite a distraction. *It really interrupted the flow of BS. ;D It was great having Ken back out there like old times. He's not quite as feisty as he used to be, but he can still sling it. *We kept him off the radio though for his own good. ;D

I think Digger will post some of the pictures that Mickey shot, but here are a few:

Ken with his namesake tattoo


A nice red male at the surface


Brad (Digger) with a 23" male


And here is my favorite shot of the day. *Somebody seemed to have "relieved me" of one of my Bearing Buddies while my trailer was parked in the lot. *Brad fabricated a dust cover from one of Micky's fizzy water cans and a radiator clamp. The wheel ran just as cool as you would want all the way home. *Those heavy equipment operators just know how to make do with what's available. 8-)


05-08-2006, 09:00 AM
Great report, glad you guys got into them, when does the season shut down?

05-08-2006, 09:34 AM
June 30. The fishing holds up pretty well through June, but it's pretty much a morning and evening bite. Hardly anyone fishes Pyramid after Memorial Day.

05-08-2006, 10:15 AM

*Nice to see you had a great trip.Sorry to hear about wheels,thats not kool. And, I don't know Biteme but, nice to see you out there doing what you do & *enjoy best. :) Kudos to you. Awsome pictures. Next time Mickey, I still have only use that dang camper 1 night. :( *The coast is calling me. ;)

05-08-2006, 10:15 AM
Yes we got a little crazy on the radio but that was it. *I apologize to all of you who had to put up with us on the radio. *We will go to another channel next time. *Fishing was excellent! *We boated over 100 for Friday eve through Sunday. *Saturday we had over 40 between 2 of us and we didn't fish that hard.

The weather was almost too nice.
They bit with this moon
We had a group of locals watching us
The action was none stop all day

We started with anything chartruse, Firetiger and then pearl and white and gold were awsome. They were away from the bank in 100 to 200 feet of water all the way from the top down to 30 feet.

05-08-2006, 10:36 AM

05-08-2006, 10:46 AM
My skunk is finally gone. Got one on Saturday while fishing with Mr. Ed and my brother. Weather was more than you could ask for. I finally tied into a 19" female while toplining a firetiger spoon, she hit just as we straightened up from an S curve. Not much action all day even though we found some good schools. All in all still a great day on the water and thanks to Ed for getting the monkey off my back out there.

Ed might have done better if he wasn't going for his 3rd 10lbs. pin this year.

05-08-2006, 11:41 AM
Yeah, you can either go for numbers or target the larger fish. It's really hard to keep off the suspended fish since they are so easy to catch. The fish on the West side are now in full spawning mode and they can be really frustrating. I like to fish the East side in May because the fish over there still act normally. Only a few of the fish we got were spawners. Mickey's 25" fish was sexually mature, but did not have ripe gonads. A good proportion of the larger fish are on the West side this year trying to spawn. But it's hit or miss whether or not they will bite.

You guys all should have dropped by our camp at Pelican and said howdy. Mako, you said something over the radio about a keg of Heineken. You could have become my next best friend. ;)

Uncle Otto, did they really hit your trailer too? Must have been some kids having fun. >:(

05-08-2006, 12:33 PM
Nice report and pictures did you guys miss me ::)

05-08-2006, 01:00 PM
:)nice goin guys
great weather and fish too :D

05-08-2006, 01:45 PM
Great report guys.....Nice pics also.
Sorry I missed the fun time you had, but after looking closely at the map, I decided it was just too long a drive for 1 & 1/2 days of fishing. The other thing being I was pretty sunburned from Clear Lake, & I didn't think I should try another round with the sun.
How come you guys let Mickey be "King" again with the biggest fish :-/

05-08-2006, 02:04 PM
Sounds like a great time both on and off the water. Thanks for the Report and the Pics. I lost one of my Bearing Buddies this weekend at a ramp as well. I wish I had seen this post on Friday.

MM 8-) ;D 8-)

05-08-2006, 02:55 PM
Nice report and pictures did you guys miss me
Not really ;D ;D ;D but you did come up in the conversation. I think it was a memorable first trip for digger, now next winter he'll be dogging us to go all the time ;) ::) ;D ;D Bite Me II did look good, well as good as Bite Me II could ;D ;D ;D I think all that cremo has started him growing again, he looked taller 8-)

05-08-2006, 03:36 PM
Ok dumb question why does it shut down after Memorial and no one fishes...is there an actual "no fishing time there"

you can only fish till June??? :o :-? :'(

05-08-2006, 04:09 PM
The trout fishery closes after June 30 and opens again on Oct. 1. You can fish for Sacramento perch, but you can't have downriggers on board and all trout must be released. Pyramid is a desert lake that stratifies sharply in the summer. Most of the trout hold down in the thermocline which gets serious at about 90 ft in the summer. Mortality is essentially 100% for fish caught that deep when the upper part of the water column is in the mid 70's.

Pyramid is a really a winter fishery, but fishing pressure peaks in April when there are a lot of larger spawning fish close to shore. Most of the fish are not able to spawn, so by late May they get sort of foul tasting as they reabsorb their gametes. Plus, people start fishing the Sierra lakes and streams around now and forget about Pyramid. But I've caught my largest fish in late May when the chubs are spawning. And I've been the only boat fishing the lake on week days in June.

05-08-2006, 05:56 PM
I to fished Pyramid on Sunday. It started by stopping by Mickey and Doc's camp, where I talked to them and Bite_Me_II and I met Digger, before hitting the water.

I fished with a friend that I have been trying to hook up with for the past two seasons. We went over to Hells Kitchen and was fishing in about the same area as Mickey, but in a little deeper water. I do not know why, but Pete was keeping us out in the deeper water. When I took over the tiller, I put us closer to the shoreline.

We caught a dozen or so fish between the two of us. Pete was having sucess with a frog pattern Apex. He then tried a soft swim bait and a larger Mepps lure. He got hits off of these two lures, but no hook ups.

I caught my fish on a red spoon, a green/gold spoon and a orange/green Apex. I caught one of my fish on the surface. I had gotten a backlash while letting down the downrigger and while trying to untangle the mess, I was dragging the green/gold spoon behind the boat and got a hook up. Everything else was on the downrigger, anywhere between 15 and 35 ft.

Digger it was nice to meet you and thank uou for the knife. I have already used it.


05-08-2006, 06:25 PM
It was good to see you Big B, here's a pic of Bite Me II and one of his fish he caught, a nice bright male. ;)

05-08-2006, 07:04 PM
Looks like you guys had a great trip. It's nice to see your pictures and see Bite Me II out there too. Looks like we'll have to wait until October before we get up to Pyramid.. Larry

05-08-2006, 07:58 PM
Sorry it took so long guys, this computer was just not cooperating. *









05-08-2006, 09:12 PM
Nice too see Ken out on the boat it looks like you guys had great time thanks for the pics and report. ;D


05-08-2006, 09:59 PM
Nice report and great fish guys!!

I am a visiting Alaskan, who lives to fish. I fish a 100 days or more a year in AK, all flyrod. I am really interested in Pyramid, and am in Reno for a couple of weeks on business. Going to be heading out there for a go at it.

I would appreciate any suggestions for where I might do OK. Sounds like staying away from the spawners on the West side is a suggestion from this thread. Are there some approachable areas on the east side to get into fish? I can cast well, and am armed with a wide range of rods and lines.

Thanks in advance. I will be glad to share information if anyone is headed to Alaska some day! If you are interested, check out a site I help moderate at www.alaskaflyfish.net

05-09-2006, 06:18 AM
Some of the best East side shore fishing spots are Red Bay and Anderson Bay. To get to either spot, take Rt 447 to the sign for the Pyramid and take that gravel road. Go past the Pyramid and continue North past the first rocky area (the Bat Cave) and Red Bay will be to your left. You need to hike down an embankment, but it's not too bad. You can continue North past the next rocky area (LA Rocks) and the large bay is Anderson Bay. Having said that, the beaches have been dead on the East side and most of the fish are being caught of the rocky areas that are not really accessible to fly fishing. But that could change from day to day.

There is no reason to avoid the West side. It gets crowded around the nets area, but even there the pressure is dropping off. The best thing to do this time of year is to walk the shoreline near the points and look for fish. Separator beach just to the south of Pelican Point is a good place to start. It's easily accessible and there are generally schools still cruising that area in May. Use a double bead head nymph setup under a strike indicator for average fish or scoot a green, black, or purple woolly bugger just off the bottom for the big guys.

05-10-2006, 07:45 AM
we did okay on sunday on the west side fly fishing. *I caught a 17in and a 25in fish in *a little over two hours. *we were nymphing under an indicator as described previously. *if you are interested in going let me know as I may be going this weekend. *nice fish guys and thanks for the photos. *Patrick

05-10-2006, 11:43 AM
Nice report and pictures did you guys miss me *
Not really ;D ;D ;D but you did come up in the conversation. I think it was a memorable first trip for digger, now next winter he'll be dogging us to go all the time ;) ::) ;D ;D Bite Me II did look good, well as good as Bite Me II could ;D ;D ;D I think all that cremo has started him growing again, he looked taller 8-)

Mickey I hope the conversation was nice and juicy [smiley=frakenstien.gif]

05-10-2006, 11:54 AM
I was camping with a group of guys fly fishing on the west side by the north nets. All the big fish were caught from that location this weekend. 9 pounder, 2 @ +7 and 2 @ +6

05-10-2006, 10:33 PM
Thanks for the advice. I am going to work my way back from Tahoe on Friday, and hope to check out Pryamid on Friday evening and Saturday.

05-13-2006, 07:52 PM
im taking one of my wifes clients on sunday does anyone have a recent report on pryamid ;) surface temp and or depth would help I usally dont fish pyramid this late in the year thanks everyone ;D