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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

Eagle Lake worth the trip
Boats tied to dock at Eagle lake, photo by Val Aubrey
Article and photos by Val Aubrey 
08/19/14 -- Some days we work a little longer or harder, but overall, fishing continues to be quite good with some nice fat trout running two to three pounds. Several lures and locations are providing the action...Full Story
​Mackerel for dinner…but where?
A load of Mackerel, photo by Frank Galusha for myoutdoorbuddy.com
Article and photos by Frank Galusha
08/18/14 -- Most ocean anglers have caught greenback mackerel using all types of gear. Normally these fish can be found near the surface so it is best have your presentation near the top. When the mackerel...  Full Story
Paradise Lake down but not out By Chuck Giles
08/17/14 -- Fishing at Paradise Lake, in spite of the low water level, has been fair. Shore anglers need to get there early for any success and bring lures that can be casted a mile. The water is warm and therefore, the trout...Full Story
Collins Lake for catfish
Michael, Jase, and Mike Howard holding 5 pound catfish caught at Collins Lake, Kathy Hess
By Kathy Hess, Collins Lake Reporter 
08/17/14 -- Summer fish, or fish that like the warm water are still biting good! Collins lake is the place to be even in the heat of the day. When the temperatures are pushing 90-100 degrees, most fishermen will not be able...Full Story
King salmon fishing improves for weekend
Deanna Davis, Modesto, dave jacobs, with king salmon,
08/17/14 -- I would have to say that the fall salmon run in Northern California and Southern Oregon is staring to wind up with what I have seen first hand by being on the Sacramento River everyday the last two weeks and what I am...Full Story
Fires and fishing on the Upsac
A man, Randy, holding a rainbow fish from fly fishing in Sacramento River, Photo by Rick cox,
By Mike Mogler 
08/16/14 -- Traveling the loop from Shingletown to Mt Shasta on Hwy. 89 I felt emotional over the destruction of the Hat Creek Valley from the Eiler Fire which destroyed 8 homes and the Fireside restaurant and store...Full Story
Creating healthier wetlands, water & fish
Floating Island West used plastic bottle created bio friendly islands floating in small lake, myoutdoorbuddy.com, Frank Galusha
By Frank Galusha
08/15/14 -- Last month a post at Maven’s Notebook (mavensnotebook.com) caught my eye. It was about algae in Clear Lake. “A small water agency that pumps water from Clear Lake expects to declare a water shortage emergency...Full Story
Hat Creek….come on back By Gary Heffley
8/15/14 -- Many are asking what can be done for our friends and those affected by the fires that plagued the Hat Creek and Intermountain region these last couple of weeks. One of the best things is to invite travelers, anglers...Full Story
Grace Lake to remain open as PG&E works
PG&E  powerhouse intake structure at the deep end of Grace Lake. PG&E
08/15/14 -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will replace a control device housed inside a structure on the deep end of Grace Lake, PG&E announced on Tuesday. The lake in eastern Shasta County will remain...Full Story
Myskey says Clear Lake clear
Nick Nazak and dad Matt with Clear Lake trophy,
By Chuck Giles
08/14/14 -- Despite rumors, Bob Myskey, Clear Lake bass guide, reports the overall condition of the lake is good for water clarity. “The algae bloom did not materialize this year and the weeds have died off,” he says...Full Story
Vintage Fish Story
Painting by Gustave Courbet - 1873, Don Webster, myoutdoorbuddy.com
Article by Don E. Webster; painting by Gustave Courbet - 1873
08/14/13 -- It's the early Sixties. I'm barely twenty years old, preparing to enter military service, but I've got a couple weeks remaining before I'm signed up. The phone rings. It's Don Kraft, my hunting and fishing buddy...Full Story
North Coast salmon bite hits the skids
Photo courtesy of AJ Maveety, AJ Maveety landed this nice 20-pound salmon while fishing out of Trinidad
Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest 
08/13/14 -- Well, it had to happen eventually — the out-of-this-world salmon action that we’ve enjoyed since 2012 has finally started to taper off. There are still plenty of boats getting limits, but it’s gone from a no-brainer...Full Story
Future Pro Tour aims at Delta
Colton Boykin holds large bass, Future Pro Tours
By Vince Harris 
08/10/14 -- Rollin on the River with the Future Pro Tour, the final event of the FPT’s “Delta Swing" series is fast approaching. It’s “Crunch Time” and you can best believe all Future Pro Tour anglers are preparing in earnest... Full Story
Is a Floating Island in your future?
Is a Floating Island in your future?, myoutdoorbuddy.com, frank galusha, outdoor news, microbes, ponds, water quality, algae, sustainability, filtration, filters, pond filters, wetlands habitat, bait fish, pathogens, New Zealand, Singapore, Lake Rotorua, Biofilm Engineering, Montana State, bio-mimicking
By Frank Galusha
08/06/14 --- Most anglers are acutely aware of what can happen to their favorite relatively shallow lake or private fishing pond as spring turns to summer and the water warms. The quality of the water declines rapidly and that... Full Story
Fly Rod Bass
This spunky 1-1/2 pound bass was one of many landed with the fiberglas Fenwick fly rod Higley used 40 years ago. John Higley
By John Higley
08/06/14 -- The other day I had to make a tough choice. Go fishing or stay home and try to organize my office so I could at least see the floor. Before you jump to conclusions as to my decision, lets get something straight... Full Story
Trinidad Rockfish Wars set for Sept. 13
Kayakers fish along the shore for rockfish from the Trinidad Head to Patrick’s Point. Photo courtesy of Pacific Outfitters
By Frank Galusha 
08/03/14 -- Pacific Outfitters of Eureka will be hosting the 4th annual Trinidad Rockfish Wars kayak fishing tournament on September 13th at Trinidad Harbor. This year Pacific Outfitters has opened up the tournament...Full Story
WallyPower 118: What an awesome vessel
The 118 WallyPower is without a doubt the most distinctive and fastest motor yacht in the world. Lorissa Soriano
Article and photo by Lorissa Soriano 
08/03/14 -- Last week when we were on the Southern Oregon coast fishing we saw a vessel that you don’t see every day. As we were leaving the marina out of the Port of Brookings Harbor to head out to the ocean...Full Story
A Hot Summer’s Day on Chico Creek
A Hot Summer's Day on Chico Creek, Steven T. Callan
Article and photos by Steven T. Callan
08/02/14 -- I’ve been exploring Northern California’s streams -- above and below the surface -- for most of my life. One of my most memorable adventures took place on a hot summer’s day in 1964, not long after my sixteenth...Full Story
​Pacific Halibut – The North Coast Dilemma
Beyond the Breakers, Tom Marking author Badge, Myoutdoorbuddy.com
07/29/14 -- Introduction: Two days from now, on July 31, the California Recreational Season will be shut down on Pacific Halibut for a month, not to reopen until September 1. This will have serious economic effects on...Full Story
Rick Kennedy to retire from guiding 07/28/14 -- The rumors are flying. We figured we needed to set the record straight. Yes, we will be retiring after the 2014 season. We will be selling Tight Lines Guide Service and our 2014 Rogue Jet Boat. We want to make it clear we are retiring from the Guide Business not from the Fishing Industry! We have received...Full Story
A spot slower at Lake Oroville By Chuck Giles
07/25/14 – Lake Oroville, true to its reputation as a spotted bass destination, is still providing some anglers with 10-20 fish days. Granted, not everyone is still knocking them dead, but it is possible...Full Story
Weather/variety saves “Fishing Trip to Hell’
MyOutdoorBuddy.com Duck Boat, Frank Galusha, Eureka, Bechhold & Sons Rotary Bait Holder and Flasher with pulsing green LED lights
By Frank Galusha
07/27/14 – What seemed to be the ‘Fishing Trip to Hell’ turned out to be a freezer-filling delight when those 101 things finally came together off the Humboldt Coast last Tuesday and Wednesday. Trust me! Many things can go bump...Full Story
Predators on the chew
10 pound bull trout, photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
07/26/14 --Targeting inland lake predators is challenging and sometimes sends you home with a vile, black-and-white kitty rather than a fish. But with arduous challenges come handsome rewards. “Go big or go home” is a...Full Story
Pacific halibut season closes in August
CDFW, woman fisherman holding up large Pacific Halibut
07/22/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) wants to remind anglers that recreational fishing for Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) is closed for the month of August. The season will reopen...Full Story
Eureka/Trinidad: Summer fishing roundup
Trinidad Harbor, Tom Marking, Eureka-Trinidad Summer Fishing roundup
By Tom Marking
07/20/14 -- The fishing has been good lately in all the coastal areas. Wind has been a problem with a high pressure ridge offshore causing some lump and large swell, but that is now coming down. Smaller boats struggle...Full Story
Statewide free fishing days By Gary Heffley
07/03/14 -- The CADFW selected July 5 and September 6 as California Free Fishing Days. There will be “No License” required to fish within the state of California or offshore where California fishing licenses apply...Full Story
Pacific Halibut season closes in August 06/10/14 -- As expected and pursuant to the requirements of Government Code section 11346.1(a)(1), the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) is providing notice of proposed emergency regulatory action... Full Story
The Myths and Realities of El Niño
Ocean Nino Index - ONI
By Jan Null, Certified Consulting Meteorologist
06/01/14 -- [Posted with permission of the author and Golden Gate Weather Services] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continues their El Niño Watch for the possible return of El Niño later this summer or fall...Full Story
CA free fishing days are Jul. 5 and Sept. 6 05/28/14 -- Have you ever felt the excitement of watching your bobber suddenly jiggle, then dive out of sight? Or feeling the tap-tap-tap of a bass as it tastes the worm on the end of your line? Or having a salmon practically tear... Full Story
Crossing the Bar at Humboldt Bay
Furuno Chart Plotter, Humboldt Bay Bar, tides and current chart, Tom Marking
By Tom Marking
05/22/14 -- The Humboldt Bay Bar is the stuff of legends. There are harrowing tales of mariners having to cross the Bar at night or during storm conditions, leading to loss of life, with many a ship foundering and capsizing... Full Story
I’m your life jacket, but you don’t know me
Life jackets stored below cushion boat seat, BoatUS, Photo is courtesy of BoatUS
04/30/14 --  I’m your life jacket, but you don’t know me. I’m here to help you, maybe even safe your life – but only if you’re willing to take the help. Maybe National Safe Boating Week (May 17 – 23) will help remind everyone... Full Story
Saving Yelloweyes
Yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus). Photo by Retired Fish and Game Warden Larry Bruckenstein
By Steven T. Callan
04/24/14 -- Imagine you’re fishing somewhere off the California coast and you hook into a big one. You finally hoist the monster to the deck and discover it’s nearly three feet long, brilliant red-orange in color, with bright yellow... Full Story
Video: Why boaters don’t like ethanol
NOn Ethanol sold here for boats  sign posted along the street
By Frank Galusha
04/04/14 -- Fishing buddies, take my word for it, don’t burn ethanol-laden fuel in your outboard engines if you don’t want to ruin them or even place yourself in danger if your engine fails to run properly especially...Full Story
North Coast Spring Groundfish Report
Pacific halibut and Chinook salmon, Tom Marking and spouse
By Tom Marking, GAP and CA Sports Representative
03/22/14 -- The 2014 fishing season is upon us and shore anglers and divers are already busy searching for fish when the weather and waves allow. Spring can be very productive for shore anglers for rockfish, cabezon...Full Story
Humboldt Bay: Busy port, excellent fishery
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
Kokanee Power 2014 Event Schedule By Gary Heffley
02/15/14 -- Kokanee Power, a great organization involved with education, research, support and promotion of the fantastic Kokanee and Inland Chinook fisheries in the state has posted their 2014 calendar of tournaments and... Full Story
Not Just Any Fish
California Golden Trout, California Heritage Trout Challenge, Not Just Any Fish, Phil
By Phil "Flip" Akers
02/14/13 -- Trout have inhabited California waters from the Sierra Nevada and Warner Mountains to the Pacific Ocean since prehistoric times. However, most of the trout caught by anglers are either hatchery raised fish...Full Story
Fishing with Phideaux
By Phil “Flip” Akers
01/26/14 -- Meet Phideaux, a 110-pound neurotic chocolate Lab. His name is pronounced “Fido” but it is spelled “Phideaux” because he is a Cajun dog. Anyway, last summer Phideaux took his human (that’s me) on a trout hunt up into...Full Story
Oregon’s Lost Creek Lake is open all winter
By Cindy Broadwater
01/11/14 – Many outdoor enthusiasts may not be aware that Lost Creek Lake, Marina & Café near Trail, Oregon is open year ‘round. Not only is it the best bet for winter fishing and boating, but it may be the only game in town at times...Full Story
Sturgeon tagging requirements changed
DFW photo Harry Morse
01/01/14 -- California sturgeon anglers will see a small change to sturgeon tags issued beginning today. Sturgeon anglers have been required to tag all retained legal sized sturgeon for many years. In the past, the date, location and length... Full Story
Bechhold Bait Holder is fish-catching marvel
Larry Ellis, 37-lb Chetco King taken with Bechhold Rotary Bullet Bait Holder
By Larry Ellis
12/23/13 -- Hello, my name is Larry Ellis, and I have enjoyed the life of being a writer/photographer for numerous outdoors magazines for over a decade. I am truly living the dream. I began writing for Oregon Fishing & Hunting News...Full Story
A primer on fishing Lake Shasta By Gary Heffley
01/01/12 -- Shasta Lake draws more visitors to Shasta County than any other single attraction. While it is often a challenge to fish, it is more likely to produce stringers of fat trout or spotted bass. Trout to four and five pounds are caught here routinely...Full Story
Lake Oroville; 'tis the season By Chuck Giles
01/11/12 – Lake Oroville is probably one of the best lakes for sheer numbers of Spotted Bass in Northern California. This is not just on a seasonal basis, but year round. To start, I have a list of baits that produce decent results... Full Story

 

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