Located 64 km (40 mi) northeast of Reno Pyramid Lake is an endorheic water basin fed by the Truckee River. It is known as the remnant of ancient Lake Lahontan that covered much of Nevada territory during Ice Age. Also, Pyramid Lake became famous after its photo was used for Ipad wallpaper. But most people flock to Pyramid Lake because it's a premium fishery, home of the world record Lohanton Cutthroat Trout and the only place in the world where one can still find rare Cui-ui fish, endemic to the lake.
Lahontan cutthroat trout season runs from October to June, while the peak time is from November through March. According to experienced anglers, March is the best time to catch big fish as the water gets warmer and fish is especially active. All anglers must obtain a Tribal fishing permit which can be purchased at the Pyramid Lake Store on the Pyramid Lake highway, Nixon Store, or the I-80 Smoke-shop. Also, permits are available at the Ranger's Station at the Sutcliffe Marina or Crosby's Lodge. Also, learn about catch and release rules for boat and shore anglers.
The 18-kg (40-pound) world record Lohanton cutthroat trout was caught in Pyramid Lake. In the 1930s the Lahontan cutthroat trout was nearly extinct in Pyramid Lake due to dam construction. However in 1970s thanks to the efforts of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Lahontan National Fish Hatchery in Gardnerville, Nevada, the population was restored.