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    Default Pyramid Lake- Toxic algae in bloom

    Since I am fairly new to the Reno area I don't know if this is abnormal,
    but with the season opening in 2 weeks it might be something to monitor.

    Article from today's Reno newspaper:


    15 Sept 2021

    Algae bloom at Pyramid Lake could be toxic to humans and pets
    Jim Krajewski
    Reno Gazette Journal

    The annual algae bloom at Pyramid lake is causing the water to be off-colored and could be toxic.

    Some beaches could be closed as a results of the blue-green algae bloom.

    The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe says the blue-green algae bloom, also known as cyanobacteria, can produce several types of toxins that could affect the liver, nerves, skin, stomach and intestines.

    These toxins can be harmful to humans, pets and wildlife.

    More:Virginia Lake algae bloom dangerous to people and pets, city warns

    The combination of nutrients, temperature and light can result in rapid growth of algae until it forms a bloom. The bloom rises to the top of the water and forms a surface scum.

    The tribe advises people to avoid or minimize contact with the water showing the heavy bloom and to move to areas with cleaner water.

    Other safety tips:

    After swimming, vigorously towel dry off and rinse with fresh water. Towel dry pets that have been in contact with the water.
    Avoid drinking the water or allowing pets to drink it.
    If you or your pet become ill or develop a rash after contact with the bloom, seek medical or veterinary attention.
    Report health concerns to the Pyramid Lake Natural Resources department at 775-574-0101, ext. 13.

    Fishing for Lahontan Cutthroat Trout opens Oct. 1 at Pyramid Lake and continues through June 30.

    Fishing for Sacramento perch is open year-round.
    Last edited by JayDubP; 09-15-2021 at 07:59 AM.

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    Too many of our local lakes and ponds are getting this too.

    It is a completely man made problem. We need to get folks to stop fertilizing their lawns and not fixing septic system leaks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayDubP View Post

    The annual algae bloom at Pyramid lake is causing the water to be off-colored and could be toxic.
    Key words "annual", and "could be".
    It's nothing out of the ordinary. It's natural. Algae blooms happen every season on lakes all over the planet.
    We live in a world of 24/7/365 news and the talking heads have to create content and stories to feed that beast/
    Much ado about nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FREEDOM-FLYFISHER View Post
    Key words "annual", and "could be".
    It's nothing out of the ordinary. It's natural. Algae blooms happen every season on lakes all over the planet.
    We live in a world of 24/7/365 news and the talking heads have to create content and stories to feed that beast/
    Much ado about nothing.
    So it's not really harmful? Kind of like COVID-19 then.

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    It kills dogs and small children who get it in their mouths. Not harmful at all apparently...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodman View Post
    So it's not really harmful? Kind of like COVID-19 then.
    Every year Pyramid and lakes all over the world have naturally occurring blue/green algae blooms that can potentially become toxic. I fish many lakes and every year the blue green algae is thick, a solid layer on the surface.
    I never said it couldn't be harmful. I said key word, "annual and "could be" as in it "could be" harmful and it occurs "annually" every year.
    So in answer to your question, "So it's not really harmful?" ....the answer would be no it's not really harmful.
    If you drink the water it "could be" harmful. So don't drink the water.
    Make sure your pet/kids don't drink the water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by guido View Post
    It kills dogs and small children who get it in their mouths. Not harmful at all apparently...
    lol, You are exaggerating. It doesn't just kill dogs and small children. Where in the article is that stated?
    Don't let your dog drink the water. I live right across the street from Virginia Lake for 7 years. Every year we have the so called, "TOXIC" algae bloom and the news on it. No one has died. No one has gotten sick.

    Did you read this part?
    "After swimming, vigorously towel dry off and rinse with fresh water. Towel dry pets that have been in contact with the water.
    Avoid drinking the water or allowing pets to drink it."

    They are saying you can swim and to avoid drinking the water or allowing pets to drink the water...........truth is.....it's nothing to get worked up about. Pyramid is fine.
    Last edited by FREEDOM-FLYFISHER; Yesterday at 12:19 PM.

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    Cyanotoxins undoubtedly can, and do, kill dogs. it has happened out here on the russian river in recent years. In fact, It sounds like the family found dead this summer in the sierras may have died this way, article is below.
    https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/20...ncisco-family/

    Ive only been fishing pyramid for about 7 years but this is the first ive heard of it being a problem there. Is it pretty common during the opening? I usually wait until mid nov to make it out there. It was really bad on the klamath last fall.

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