Jiggs Reservoir

Map of Jiggs Reservoir


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History

Jiggs Reservoir, also known as Zunino Reservoir, is an irrigation impoundment built in 1912. The dam itself is built on private land, while the majority of the shoreline is BLM. The public can access the entire reservoir.

Pertinent Information

The reservoir covers 45 surface acres with a maximum depth of 10 feet. Rainbow trout, largemouth bass, and an occasional wild brook trout occur in the reservoir. Catch rates usually produce nearly 2 fish per hour and 10 fish per angler day. Rainbow trout average 11 to 13 inches, but can reach up to 20 inches. Most forms of bait such as worms, Power Bait, and salmon eggs are successful for trout as well as using small lures or tied-flies. Typical bass fishing techniques such as spinner baits, surface plugs, and rubber worms work best for largemouth. Spring through early summer and the winter ice-up period are the most productive times to catch trout. Bass fishing is best in late spring and early summer. The entire perimeter of the lake is fishable, however, the north and south sides of the dam are easier to access. Float tubing is also popular to reach open water areas. There are no developed camping facilities, but there are numerous primitive sites adjacent to the reservoir.

Stocking

No fish were stocked in 2012.

Regulations

Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. The limit is 5 trout and 10 largemouth bass.

Boating Regulations

Although there is no special boating regulation, only small boats are recommended. There are no improved boat ramps available.

Access

From Elko, travel approximately 30 miles south on State Highway 228. The reservoir is adjacent to the highway.


Species

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brook Trout
  • Largemouth Bass

  • Regions

  • Eastern Nevada

  • Counties

  • Elko County