Jan. 2013 Creel Chronicles


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Jan. 2013 Creel Chronicles

  1. 1. Creel Chronicles Pyramid Lake 2012-13 Season kicks off Fisheries The 2012-2013 fishing influx of water, we pre- tribution shows a ma- season is off to a great dict that the fishing will jority of fish (48%) in the Volume 2, Issue 2 start! There have been only get better. 17-20 inch range with a a number of fish caught catch rate of 1.1 hours January 2013 Our creel station has exceeding 12 pounds, per fish and the total interviewed 1,133 an- with the largest weigh- fish per angler was 4.8. glers since opening day. ing in at a whopping 24 As you know this num- Of that number 650 pounds (a picture of that ber varies per fisher- were boat fishers and Special points of interest: fish is on page 3). man. 483 were shore fishers. With reports of an abun- The average size of a Please have a safe and  Tips for a successful dance of bait balls and keeper was 19.4 inches. fun day of fishing and Catch and Release . with the early December The throwback size dis- please stop by our Creel station to report  Answers to frequently Dave Hamel 20 lbs. 32 inches 11/21/12 your fishing ef- asked questions re- forts. We are garding the history of open every Sun- the Pilot Peak strain day 10 am– 5 of LCT. Pg. 3 pm.12/8/12 Bobby Wheeler13 lb 4 oz - 31 inches 12/9/12 Tony Ross—13 lb 2 oz—31 in 11/5/12 Jeff Morris 10 lb 12 oz. 11/1/12 Mark Ballard 11 lbs 8 oz- 29 inches A big ‘Thank you’ to 10/14/12 11/4/12 Jose Silvera Crosby Lodge’s Mario Naverette 15 lbs. 7 oz.- 33 inches 20 lbs Facebook page, ‘pyramid lake fishers’ Brian Johnson 10/3/12 14 pounds for the use of pictures.
  2. 2. Page 2 Creel Chronicles2012 LCT lake plantsPyramid Lake Fisheries started the rearing the hatchlings, which on av- now shut down for the season.Lahontan cutthroat spawning season erage, grow approximately 1 inch a The fish are acclimated 2 weeks thenin early April and in the span of 6 month in the hatcheries. released to the lake. Plant sizes var-weeks collected a total of 1,431,193 The first group of fish were moved ied from 4-7 inches and the totaleggs. 482,617 eggs went to Dunn out of the hatchery and into the Lake plant number and survival rate isHatchery and Numana Hatchery took Operations acclimation facility at the unavailable at this time. A group of948,576 eggs in for incubation in end of October and other groups 100,000 will be held at Lake Opera-their facility. were transferred through December. tions and will be coded-wire taggedBoth hatcheries spent the summer Numana and Dunn hatcheries are for identity and tracking growth.Catch and ReleaseWe would like to stress the impor- If you are using a glove, make sure it rubber or fine mesh reduce thetance of proper Catch and Release is wet before handling the fish. amount of slime removed while han-techniques for boat and shore an- dling the fish and improves survival. Please keep your fish in the water asglers. The current slot limit requires much as possible, so keep photo Remember, when fish are handledthat trout under 17 inches (fork shoots of your trophy short, if you and put in a cooler to be weighed atlength) and between 20-24 inches plan on returning your fish to the wa- Crosby’s Lodge, this puts a tremen-(fork length) be returned to the water. ter. If the fish is deeply hooked, have dous amount of stress on the fishCreel surveys indicate that from a pair of hemostats or pliers handy to and also dramatically lowers the1992-2011, for every fish kept, extract your lure or fly. Nets with survival rate .more than 10 fish are released. When returning the fish to the water,Regulations require that only bar- Studies indicate an average of hold him by the wrist of the tail andbless hooks are to be used and you gently move him back and forth. If hemay be cited by Tribal rangers if the 58% mortality in cutthroat trout pushes and tries to get away this is abarbs are not pinched down cor- that are bleeding on release. good sign. Do not release until therectly. This reduces injury to the fish. fish is able to push off on his own.National Weather Service PL stationThe National Weather Service sta- tures are all recorded daily and en- ing down fences, trailers and exten-tion at the PL Fisheries office has tered into the National Weather Ser- sive roof damage on several build-been in operation for 26 years. Prior vices WxCoder- III database. ings and homes.to that, observations were done at December’s big storm brought very Our current data shows the lakethe Warrior’s Point Park (1979- high winds that broke the wind speed temperature at this time is 47.8° F1986), Ranger Station (1977-1974), sensor. The wind gust and precipitationThe Sutcliffe Inn (1972-1974) and measured 50 miles per total to date for 2012The E.H. Graves residence from hour at the time it broke off! is 4.56 inches1967-1972. Graves was a Captain Thanks to the National (yearly average is 6with the U.S. Coast Guard, he and Weather Service for the inches). The aver-his wife Wanda did the recordings. quick response on getting age December 2012Temperatures (high and lows), pre- that repaired. The winds high temperature iscipitation measurements, current also caused a lot of dam- 49.2° and the aver-lake conditions and lake tempera- age in the Nixon area blow- The PL weather station age low is 35°.
  3. 3. Volume 2, Issue 2 Page 3 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pilot Peak Strain LCT in Pyramid Lake Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex (LNFHC) -1911. Through her work we have determined that the Pilot Peak strain is indeed related to the Truckee River basin populations. In 2006, the LNFHC in partnership with the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe began stocking Pilot Peak LCT into Pyramid Lake. Over 780,000 juvenile Piolot Peak LCT have been stocked in a variety of locations around Pyra- mid Lake. All of the Pilot Peak LCT stocked by Lahontan NFHC are adipose fin clipped, and over half are tagged with dorsal floy tags. These floy tags give each fish it’s own unique num- Ed Smith of Reno, NV caught this 24 pound, 36 inch Pilot Peak LCT in ber. When an angler reports the tag Pyramid Lake in November 2012. The fish was stocked in 2007. to biologists, valuable information on how the fish is growing can be added to the knowledge of this unique Background: strain of LCT. Preliminary results Back in the late 1970’s a taxono- In 1995 the Lahontan NFHC, began from the floy tag data shows the Pilot mist named Bob Behnke collected pursuing genetic analysis and brood- Peak LCT grow approximately 0.46 trout from a small stream in the Pi- stock development in the hopes of inches per month. lot Mountains along the border of utilizing this stock for recovery of the Nevada and Utah. He studied the lake form and to enhance rec- physical traits of this population and reational fishing. described them as being related to New genetic tools were becom- the original Pyramid Lake stock in a ing available at this time that paper he published in 1978. would allow geneticist to extract During the 1980’s a biologist with DNA from museum mounts. It the State of Utah by the name of was years later before a geneti- Bryce Nielson, working with a pri- cist from UNR, Mary Peacock vate landowner, built ponds at the PhD, was the first to success- end of the creek and moved fish fully extract DNA from museum from this tiny creek into the ponds. specimens collected from 1872 This graph depicts preliminary results of Pilot Peak LCT growth in Pyramid Lake from Floy tag data. Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex 710 Hwy 395 Gardnerville, NV 89410 775/265-2425 http://www.fws.gov/lahontannfhc/
  4. 4. Pyramid Lake Fisheries603 Sutcliffe DriveSutcliffe, Nevada 89510 Established in 1975, Pyra-Phone: 775-476-0500 mid Lake Fisheries is dedi-Fax: 775-476-0558e-mai:l smandell@plpt.nsn.us or cated to the restoration and preservation of the na- tive Lahontan Cutthroat Trout and the endangered Cui-ui to Pyramid Lake and the lower Truckee River. We’re on the web: Like our facebook page and pyramidlakefisheries.org share your fishing pictures.Aquatic Invasive Species ReminderAs always here is a reminder to al- need to work together to protect ourways follow these simple procedures environment from these hitchhikers.each time you leave the water: Some common species are: Zebra Mussels, New Zealand Mudsnails, Remove any visible mud, plants Hydrilla, Whirling disease. Please or animals before transporting visit the ANS Taskforce and the US equipment. Coast Guard for a complete list and Clean and dry anything that more information. came in contact with water Any introduction of any of these spe- (boats, trailers, waders, clothes, cies to our environment could be equipment, etc.). detrimental to the health and well Above: A boat propeller infested Always empty and dry out live being of our lake. with adult Quagga mussels. wells after removing fish. Let’s keep Pyramid Lake free of Below: Adult Quagga mussel. Never release plants, fish or these hitchhikers. We have not found animals into any body of water any of these threats in our waters but unless they came from that body we are monitoring and hope you will of water. follow these simple steps of preven- tion.Be informed and take action. We all Thank you and have a great day!