Big fish season is upon us!
This last week and a half has been fantastic for big fish from shore. Cutthroat over 10 lbs are being caught everyday on different beaches on the lake from end to end. If you would like to get yourself a big fish you should start planning your next trip.
There is never a guarantee and the number game isn’t like it is in spring. But, the average weight of fish is larger. Which goes to show the health of the fishery and how well the pyramid lake fisheries department is taking care of the population. Year classes are going up so the “average” fish from just a few years ago are now 7 to 10 pounds and up. The 6-8 pound class range is becoming ever more common and well, the big ones just got bigger.
The surface temps have cooled down quickly to a comfortable temperature for the larger trout. The morning and evening bite have been switching off on which one produces more. Schools will frequent the shallows more often in low visibility situations (i.e. dawn, dusk, windy and cloudy days). When the sun is high with no clouds to help cut the light down the fish will move farther out and come to feed in the shallows less. Finding a deeper drop off or ledge will help you stay more consistent through tougher times.
Techniques and flies are back to the pyramid basics. Shooting heads and sink lines with a beetle or boobie. Pair that with a wooly bugger, streamer or any baitfish patterns. These have been more of the go to as of lately. Colors the have seemed to work the best are olive, black and white. The indicator and “no cator” bites have been great as well. When the pods of fish are less frequent the indicator gives you more time in the strike zone. Balanced leeches and midges have been neck and neck in efficiency. Midges in red, wine and black. Balanced leeches in white, olive, and black have been solid producers. Time in the water will be crucial to catching a larger fish.
The larger trout have been caught at all different hours of the day from sun up to sun down, and it’s anyone’s guess when they decide to come into feed.
Soon to be announced!! To try and add some extra excitement to big fish season Pyramid Fly Co. and our generous supporters will be holding a “Big Fish Photo Contest”. A catch and release contest on Instagram, free and easy. Again thank you to our supporters for donating over $2,000 in prizes. Visit our contact/partner tab to find out all the info! We hope everyone can participate and again it’s free admission!
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