Pyramid Lake Jurassic Trout – Anglers Journal

The first time I saw a trout as long as my arm follow my lure almost to my waders, I squealed like a kid. I clearly saw the speckled black spots along its flanks, the large and iridescent blotch of pink across its cheeks and the whiteness of its open maw. I watched in awe as the dark-shouldered fish opened its jaws to snatch my one-ounce spoon, only to wheel around at the last moment, a manhole-size swirl on the surface the only evidence of its existence.

While that trout and I didn’t connect, from that moment I was hooked. I now understood why barren, high-desert Pyramid Lake draws trout pilgrims from across the country in search of one of freshwater fishing’s trophies: huge Lahontan cutthroat trout that trace their ancestry to the Pleistocene Age, when ancient Lake Lahontan covered some 8,500 square miles of northwest Nevada, California and southern Oregon.