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Pyramid Lake Cutts tantalize Derby anglers

By Frank Galusha
01/25/13 -- Fishing for Pyramid Lake's enormous cutthroat trout was quiet last weekend from both boat and the shore, according the Valarie Taylor at the Crosby Lodge, but it picked up enough on Tuesday to make upcoming derby anglers salivate.

Robert Black, Pyramid Lake 18 lb. 8 oz. Cutthroat, black fly, North Nets, Crosby Lodge, MyOutdoorBuddy.com
Robert Black nailed this 18 lb. 8 oz. beauty on Tuesday, while using a black fly near the North Nets -- total length was 32.75 inches!! Photos courtesy of Crosby Lodge

If fish like the one above aren't enough to shake you out of your winter doldrums, nothing will. But if you are like me, a photo like this gets me moving, which happens to be a good thing since the 26th Annual Crosby Lodge President’s Day Fishing Derby is just two weekends away. If things work out right I may get the chance to go, and it will be a first, so I went looking for tips from anyone who was willing to share.

Taylor says several hundred anglers fish this derby each year, which actually spans two weekends, this year that falls on February 9 and 10 and February 16 and 17. The registration fee is $80 and you can register now by email at the Crosby Lodge website, crosbylodge.net or by calling 775-476-0400.

Dinner will be provided Saturday February 16th from 4-7 p.m. for all registered entrants. There is a $12 donation expected for non-registrants. A Free Derby Hat comes with each registration as well. The deadline for registering is Saturday February 9 at noon and Saturday, February 16 at noon. Final weigh-in is 4 p.m. on Sunday February 17.

The event is sponsored by Sierra Sport & Marine, the Winkel Family Automotive and Marine and Crosby Lodge.

Matt Lyons, 14 lb, 10 oz. Cutthroat, Warrior Point, Pyramid Lake, camo fly, Crosby Lodge, MyOutdoorBuddy.com.
Matt Lyons got this 14 lb, 10 oz. Cutthroat at Warrior Point with a camo fly. This fish measured 32.25 inches but check out that girth!

So how do you fish Pyramid? Well, hundreds of anglers fish it from shore from ladders but a great many also fish it from a boat. That will be my choice as sitting on top of a ladder doesn't appeal to me.

Chris Grellman, former guide at the lake with Hog Charters, gave me a few valuable fishing tips for those who expect to fish from a boat. Of course, much depends on weather conditions, which can change in a heartbeat on Pyramid but right now, Grellman says the bigger fish are being caught off ledges, down about 15 feet in water 20 to 30 feet deep. He says it's not unusual for boaters to catch 10-12 fish in the 22 to 23 1/2 inch range. "And these are tough, hard-fighting fish. They can give a good fight and swim off just as though taking on a hook, line, sinker and everything else we can throw at them is no big deal."

Grellman fished the lake today but only caught six, so he didn't think it was nearly as good as he'd done on other days but those he caught were still very respectable, in the above range and out of the "slot." The slot sizes are a bit unusual so you better have a tape measure handy or one of those fish measuring decals stuck on the boat somewhere. Keepers can be 17 to 20 inches or over 24 inches. All other sizes must be returned to the water. You may keep two of the smaller sizes or one small and one large. I forgot to ask whether or not these cutts are great eating but I imagine they are good if you like trout.

So what else did Grellman recommend if you were planning to fish from a boat this week? He favors medium sized Apex trolled up to 2.2 mph or U20 Flatfish trolled as slow as possible, maybe around 0.5 mph. Most guys use downriggers but Deep Sixes are also popular and so are good old fashioned two-ounce banana weights. Grellman uses a #2 treble hook on his Apex but just remember you have to pinch the barbs down -- in Pyramid they give the fish a fighting chance whether they need it or not. As for line, Grellman prefers 20 lb. Berkeley Fireline with fairly short green or black Maxima leader. Even with 20#, the bigger fish are often lost. That should tell you a lot about their stubbornness and willingness to head toward the bottom. Grellman described it as though the cutts try to glue themselves to the mud.

Pyramid has had a lot of fog lately, which means you better have good electronics in the boat including a GPS and a marine radio. When the wind comes up it comes up fast and the rollers can be just several feet apart. A good check of all equipment including a trial run with the boat on some other water would be a good idea especially if your rig has been stored for a while as mine has. There are some more rules to be obeyed, too...see the Paiute Tribal website and boat permits costing $9 per day per person are required plus a $1 administrative fee. Lodging costs from $60 to $195 per night depending on availability plus tax. Lunch runs around $8 to $12 per person and dinners are in the $13 to $19 range. There is a Verizon tower nearby so if internet access is important, you should be able to communicate, just don't rely on your cell phone while on the lake. That's why they recommend a marine radio. If you want more details, call the above number and ask for Valarie. She seems to be on top of the action and is very helpful.


Fishing Reports

Wild winter steel, steal show in S. OR
By Jeff Warner
01/25/15 -- I got out on the Rogue River yesterday (Friday 1-23-15) with my buddy Don, guided by friend and fishing guide Steven Theel of S.O. Chrome Guide Service and what a day it was. Steven did a great job finding the fish and keeping...Full Story
Oregon: Ocean, rivers offer plethora of fish
 Ron Savage from Grants Pass and a friend caught a variety of groundfish including rockfish, kelp greenling and lingcod while fishing out of the Port of Brookings Harbor on Thursday.
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01/24/15 -- Warning! Objects in this fishing column may appear larger than they actually are.I love the ocean and I always have since I started fishing in Oceanside, California at the tender age of 8. Part of the mystique about fishing the ocean...Full Story
Green rivers await coastal steelhead anglers Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest
01/22/15 -- The rain fell hard last weekend, temporarily turning the coastal steelhead rivers from green to brown. The blowout was short-lived however, as the rivers have receded quickly. The Smith was the first to clear, and drew... Full Story
Halibut meeting set for Eureka, Feb. 4 01/22/15 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites the public to attend a meeting to discuss the 2015 recreational Pacific halibut fishing season dates under consideration for California. The meeting is scheduled... Full Story
Upper Klamath steelhead fishing is fun
Kami Pfeffer is fishing from a boat on the Klamath river. Photo by Scott Caldwell
By Frank Galusha
01/22/15 -- Fishing for steelhead on the Upper Klamath remains steady and lots of fun, according to Scott Caldwell of SC Guide Service in Montague. Since I’ve done it I can believe it and Caldwell has been totally dedicated to his craft... Full Story
California drought update
California drought graph, Fishbio
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
01/20/15 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] Rainfall throughout California last month marked a good start to the wet season, but the relief came unevenly across the state. The December deluge prompted us to take stock...Full Story
NorCal/S. Oregon river fishing update
Mike Rasmussen gently holding his large fish, river and treed hills in the background, photo by Dave Jacobs
In-River Fishing by Dave Jacobs
01/20/15 -- While much needed rain finally returned to Northern California and Southern Oregon, some rivers received more than others. Most rivers were certainly ready for some rain and now almost all of our steelhead fishing systems... Full Story
Big fish caught at Topaz Lake Trout Derby
dusty Topaz lodge trout derby
By Mike Mogler
01/20/15 -- Large trout and good numbers of 2-plus pound trout worth $100 each have been weighed in by Dave Rossman Topaz General Store and RV Park Manager in the 2nd and 3rd weeks of the Topaz Lake Trout Derby... Full Story
Bucket list fishing trip
Jeff Goodwin holding steellhead from Clearwater River, Idaho, Photo by Michael Goodwin
By Jeff Goodwin
01/19/15 -- I think most all avid anglers have a "bucket list" of places or bodies of water where we dream of fishing. Maybe its just a place thats famous for its great fishing, or its a place known for a particular species of fish that sits...Full Story
Mad River steelhead get help from anglers
01/18/15 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has trained 21 anglers at Mad River Fish Hatchery this week to aid in the collection of wild-origin steelhead from the Mad River. These anglers, called Mad River Steelhead Stewards... Full Story
Rain to usher in steelhead
 Sergio Hernandez from Brookings fished with a friend on Tuesday and hauled in limits of lingcod and rockfish on the formidable leadfish while fishing out of the Port of Brookings Harbor.
On the Water in Oregon by Larry Ellis
01/17/15 -- Rain is a double-edged sword. You pray for it one day and pray against it another. That’s how great the multiplicity of fisheries is on Oregon south coast and California north coast rivers, bays and oceans... Full Story
5-pound ‘bows’ top Collins Lake catches
 5 lb. Rainbow was caught by Raina Desha, photo by kathy Hess, Lake Collins
Article and photos by Kathy Hess, Lake Reporter
01/17/15 -- The big trout are still on the bite here at Collins Lake. Eric Phillips from Grass Valley came back after catching a big trout the week before and he outdid his personal best by topping his stringer of three trout with a huge...Full Story
South Spit redtail perch
nice-redtail perch, Mike Mogler, South Spit beach, Humboldt County
Article and photos by Mike Mogler
01/15/15 -- Earlier this week I had the opportunity to check out the redtail surf perch fishing on the South Spit -- an area known for its redtail action. The South Spit is south of the Humboldt Bay South Jetty. After driving on a somewhat.... Full Story
Rundown on CA/NV Lakes and Rivers
A Trinity River Steelhead Trout, photo courtesy of Kirk Portocarrero, outdooradventures@sacriverguide.com
By Don Quilici
01/15/15 -- [Editor’s Note: Don Quilici has been writing about the outdoors from his post in Carson City, NV for many years. His fishing report for this week covers a variety of open waters that are popular with NV, CA and OR anglers and is...Full Story
Anglers: Please submit Report Card data 01/15/15 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds anglers and divers that they are required by regulation to report or return their 2014 report cards. Information collected from sport fishing report cards... Full Story
Oregon Rivers fishing report
Justin Payne with a late summer steelhead
By Jeff Warner
01/13/15 -- Water flow on the Rogue is good but as of now visibility is poor. The river is still fish-able but you'll want to stick with bigger and brighter baits like a 6" XFactor Tackle Steelhead Slayer worm instead of a 4". Other options... Full Story
California hatchery concerns
Hatchery salmon photo courtesy of FISHBIO
By Erin Laury, FISHBIO
01/13/15 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] Fish planting from hatcheries is a more-than-100-year-old solution to supplement stocks that have declined due to a range of issues and impacts. While many stream fish populations... Full Story
RTD responds to secret water settlement 01/13/15 -- Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today responded to the prospect of a secret... Full Story
Anglers score lingcod and rockfish limits
The Thomas family from Grants Pass (Shane, Tom and Johnny) holding up limits of large rockfish and lingcod including two huge vermilion rockfish (on the opposite ends of the fish stick) while fishing out of the Port of Brookings Harbor. Photo by the author
On the Water in Oregon by Larry Ellis
01/11/15 -- With picture-perfect ocean and weather conditions last week, anglers fishing out of the Port of Brookings Harbor scored radically on large lingcod averaging between 10 and 18 pounds. Also, the mouths of several species of...Full Story
OR F&WC sets 2015 groundfish rules 01/10/15 -- The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission met yesterday and set the 2015 harvest specifications and season structures for recreational and commercial groundfish that include significant changes to the composition... Full Story
Future Pro Tour kicks off March 21st! By Vince Harris
01/07/15 -- The Coors Light Future Pro Tour will kick-off its 2015 season in grand fashion as the road to the Coors Light –Silver Bullet Angler of Year , Navionics Cup, and 2015 FPT Classic titles, begins anew at lakes known...Full Story
Diversity helps endangered fish
estuary snapshots side by side, FISHBIO
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
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Bill detrimental to CV salmon coming up
Water4fish logo
By Dick Pool, Editor, Water4Fish Newsletter
01/07/15 -- In early 2014 a water bill was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives which would have devastated the Central Valley salmon populations. It was sponsored by the San Joaquin agricultural members of the House. In early... Full Story
Fishing for Existence
Captain Midnight Secret Decoder Badge, etsy.com
By Frank Galusha
01/05/15 -- I hope you are having a wonderful New Year. Like many of you, I was glued to my TV when Oregon and Florida State met in the Rose Bowl to determine who would go to the final round of the College Football playoffs and the...  Full Story
CV salmon regs changes expected 01/03/15 -- The CA Fish and Game commission issued a notice today advising stakeholders to expect changes in the bag and possession limits for Chinook salmon taken the American, Feather, and Sacramento rivers. The objective will...Full Story
Local lakes on CTT schedule
Keith Bryan with the fish that sealed the win and new world record at Melones
By Jason Haley
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A look back at 2014...
Michael and Jeff Goodwin holding fish. Photo by Alan Borges, Alan Borges Fishing Guide service
By Jeff Goodwin
01/02/15 -- Wow, another year with many more memories on the water. Fishing in Northern California certainly had its ups and downs in 2014, and severe drought plagued much of the region. Fishing conditions were constantly changing... Full Story
Sacramento River Rio Vista sturgeon
chene mogler, sturgeon, Sacramento River
By Mike Mogler
12/30/14 -- On December 26 my son Chene Mogler and a friend were fishing for stripers and sturgeon on the Sacramento River near Rio Vista. They fished overnight with one keeper white sturgeon, a smaller sturgeon...Full Story
Ocean climate revealed in tree rings
Large standing trees in a green pasture, photo by FISHBIO
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
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'Get paid to fish' derby returns to Topaz
Topaz Lodge 2015 Trout Fishing Derby
By Mike Mogler
12/13/14 -- Dave Rossman, manager of Topaz Lake Store, reports the annual “get paid for fishing derby” starts as usual on January 1, 2015, New Year's Day, and will end on April 12, 2015 with a fantastic drawing... Full Story
All Fired Up
Wild trout, photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
11/30/14 -- August 17, 2013 the Rim Fire was sparked by a thoughtful bow-hunter using an illegal campfire, which got out of hand, and eventually grew to 257,314 acres, the largest wildfire in the recorded history of the Sierra Nevada...Full Story
Bottomfish anglers get knuckles rapped
pacific Halibut
Tom Marking GAP Sport Representative
11/20/14 -- We North Coast rockfish anglers are a victim of our own success! 2014 has been an eventful year for many reasons, but there are definitely winners and losers on the horizon. In a nutshell, halibut is a win/lose... Full Story
The Mystery of the Middle Fork, Part IV
Jim Broshears, author badge, myoutdoorbuddy.com
By Jim Broshears
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Climbing Terms for the Fisherman
Trailhead Tales by Jim Broshears
10/14/14 -- For those of us who prefer to fish the rugged and remote streams and rivers for the elusive wild trout, rock climbing is a skill that is required to reach the special places where catching the big one is a “sure thing.” The skills...Full Story
German brown trout afternoon in Modoc
german brown trout in Modoc creek. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
By Lea Huetteman
09/04/14 -- Catching a German Brown Trout from the creeks in Modoc County is a fine way to spend an afternoon. There are many creeks in this part of California that drain the Warner Mountains. Stream trout fishing in this region opens...Full Story
Throw the kitchen sink at them
Indian Paintbrush is a favorite wildflower that carpets wilderness landscapes. Phil Flip Akers, myoutdoorbuddy.com
Article and photos by Phil Akers
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Woodley Island Marina, Humboldt Bay, Eureka, California
03/06/04 -- Humboldt Bay, a busy commercial harbor and home port to many charter and private offshore fishing boats, is also popular with shore-based anglers and small boaters seeking bottomfish, sharks, crabs and clams...Full Story
First Light
Boats in the harbor alight at night with a soft wake from a departing boat
Article by Matt Goldsworthy
03/04/14 -- Reprinted with permission of HASA (Humboldt Area Saltwater Anglers) – Light is one of the most important factors to consider when fishing deep water. Over the years while fishing for Pacific halibut, we have always... Full Story
Pulled into the pipes: Green Sturgeon
green sturgeon
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
03/04/14 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] Living in the Sacramento River can be a risky business for juvenile green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris). The young fish must swim through a gauntlet of water... Full Story
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California Golden Trout, California Heritage Trout Challenge, Not Just Any Fish, Phil
By Phil "Flip" Akers
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By Phil “Flip” Akers
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