Today dawned clear and bright over the San Fernando Valley as I drove up the 5 freeway toward Pyramid Lake. I arrived at the lake about 7:30 and purchased a bag of frozen anchovies at the check in booth along with my day pass. Just past the launch ramp there is a stair way leading down to the lower walk along the lake shore. I parked at the head of the stairs, got out my two rods I planed to use and my backpack I use as a tackle box, grabbed the bag of bait and down the stairs I went. About 100 yards to the left of the stair way there is a little sandy beach area exposed now with the water level in the lake down about five feet. I negotiated the rip rap without a fall and set up rigs to fish. I started out with a 1/2 oz slip sinker above a swivel with a 24" leader and a size 1 hook baited with about 1/2 an anchovy. The other rig I flylined a whole anchovy with the tail cut off. Those are both loaded with 15 lb trilene XL I have fished these set ups many times before with good results but not today. It seemed to me I kept smelling a skunk alone the shore today, I was looking around for it but couldn't spot it anywhere. I did get four quick bites all on the slip rig but missed them all, they didn't take the bait off and did not come back for another try at it. I caught no fish again but I did see one person carrying a stripper that looked to be about 20 lbs but didn't get to talk to him.