Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
NDOW Announces No Limit on Game Fish at Wildhorse and Willow Creek
Fishing is good at Angel Lake as the surface water temperatures are in the low 60’s. This reservoir seems to do better with worms over PowerBait and with small black and gold or green and gold spinners and rooster tails. For flies, just about anything olive or with peacock herl should improve your chances. They are starting to hit dries regularly but nymphing is still working best now. Dry flies fished with a dropper are very effective here from now until late September. A popular rig is a small yellow stimulator with an olive soft hackle fished about three to four feet below it. Fish this near brush, rock faces and rocky shorelines.
Again, no change here as water levels have remained steady all summer and fishing for 10 to 12 inch fish has been good. The surface water temps are now in the mid 60’s and fishing will only get better with the advent of fall. The old standby of worms or PowerBait should both work. Fly rodders should be using damsel nymphs, small olive buggers, Cave Lake specials, hares ears, small leeches and chironomids. Dries with a dropper, especially along the weed edges is very effective here. The usual arrangement of dry flies such as Adams, elk hair caddis, royal coachmen, stimulators and renegades are all effective here.
Anglers report smaller trout being caught, though a few bass in the two to three pound class have shown up in the creel. Damsel nymphs, small buggers, hare’s ears and PT’s should all work. Some dry fly action has been going on, so mosquitoes, EH caddis, stimulators, renegades and humpies are all worth a try. Fish near the inlet for best results. NDOW moved almost 70 largemouth bass into the lake to augment the population to help control the tui chub found here.
Water levels have stabilized and anglers report good success for fish between 12 and 17 inches. Most anglers are having success with PowerBait. Float tube anglers continue to report good fishing for trout primarily early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Best area seems to be in the area where the creek enters the lake. Minnow imitations, natural baits and wooly buggers on a sinking line are all worth a try here. Shore anglers report good luck on the west side of the lake and at the inlet where the creek enters the reservoir. Other flies this time of year should include prince nymphs, zug bugs, hares ears and damsel fly nymphs.
Like other irrigation impoundments, the water has stabilized here a bit with the advent of the recent rains. This reservoir is very weedy and fishing from shore is difficult. Anglers should plan on bringing a small boat, canoe or float tube for best chance at success. Anglers report fair fishing for 13 to 16 inch trout and a few bass. Anglers should try PowerBait and worms or small spinners fished slowly. Fly rodders should give hares ears, PT nymphs, zug bugs and prince nymphs along with wooly buggers a chance. Fish are averaging 10 to 17 inches in size with most anglers using small spinners, minnow imitations or flies.
This once popular fishery has been dry for a number of years. But lovers of Jiggs do not despair. Starting in mid to late July work will begin restoring the dam, deepening the area closest to the dam and adding bentonite clay to the bottom to help it hold water. Work is to be completed in October and if we have a good winter, anglers should be able to fish it in the spring or summer of 2015!
Lots of washed out roads in eastern Nevada due to the storms of the past few weeks and anglers should take care when traveling the back roads. Stream flows in Elko County have subsided again after that big flush in early August due to the rains. If the weather forecast holds true, expect the flows to stay low and make fishing a bit difficult. Eastern Nevada in the Schell Creeks and Snake ranges are about average for this time of year and are still fishable and fishing has been fair to good. Streams in the Toiyabes of central Nevada are very low, warm and not fishable. However, where streams are fishable it is dry fly season! Small elk hair caddis, stimulators, humpies, hoppers, ants and beetles are all tried and true patterns for our small Nevada streams. In pools or runs, fish a dry with a nymph dropper for best results. For bait anglers, dead drifting a worm or a grasshopper on a light wire hook through small pools and runs is the way to go.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
High country campers, hikers and anglers have all reported difficult conditions due to the weather of the past month. However, it looks to settle down a bit over the next week to 10 days. Realize that at the higher elevations, night time temperatures are dipping to around 40 and even below. Hikers and anglers should still keep an eye on the weather as the Rubies can make their own weather even when it is nice down below. Standard nymphs for the high lakes include soft hackles, hares ears, PT’s, small damsels, small 20-inchers and anything with olive or peacock herl. Popular dries include renegades, royal trudes or coachmen, red or yellow humpies, stimulators, elk hair caddis, hoppers, ants and beetles. If you aren’t a fly fisherman, bring a clear plastic bubble you can fill a bit with water and put a fly about three or four feet below it and give that a try.
The storms combined with cooler nights and the rain have dropped water temperatures here and bass fishing has slowed down. Best time is late afternoon. Those anglers that have been able to get out between the storms have still reported about 7 to 8 fish caught for every keeper. Water levels are low and launching a boat at Narciss landing is not recommended and very difficult to do. The main boat ramp is still usable, though care should be taken. The collection ditch is hit or miss for trout. Small olive buggers, hare’s ears, damsel/dragonfly nymphs and leech patterns should all work. The ditch is artificial lures and flies only. Fishing in the main part of the marsh for bass is fair to good with anglers catching one keeper for every five to seven fish caught over the recent gas motor opener. Dark colored soft plastics with either some sparkle or a contrasting colored tail hooked weedless and thrown right into the tules in the main part of the marsh are your best bet for bass.
South Fork is very green with algae and there are some large weed mats and clumps of algae floating around the lake. Fishing has been fair for smaller trout, slow for larger trout, fair to good for bass and wipers. However, with longer cooler nights water temperatures should drop even more and trout fishing should really start to pick up over the next few weeks. Shore anglers appear to be having some luck around most of the lake for trout, though by mid morning the trout have moved offshore to deeper water. Shore fishing also seems to be best first thing in the morning. If fishing after 10:00 am, fish shorelines with steeply dropping lake bottom to get your presentation down about 15-18 feet where the thermocline is. For trout, fluorescent green or orange/yellow seem to be the preferred colors of PowerBait. While trout fishing has been slow, the cooler water temps may stimulate the fish into being a bit more cooperative for anglers for a bit. Damsel flies are still hatching so damselfly nymphs are most definitely an option along weed beds first thing in the morning, though anglers continue to have some luck with hares ears, PMD’s, seal buggers, and wooly bugger. A few wipers continue to be caught in the deeper open water. Fishing for largemouth bass along the dam has been good using soft plastics.
The recent moisture combined with cooler temperatures has been a blessing for Wild Horse and it looks like the reservoir dodged a bullet as far as any major fish die-off. That being said the lake is around 16 or 17 percent of capacity and will probably go into the winter at around 10 percent of capacity. It has been a year since it has been stocked so the fish that the minimum size for trout being caught is in the 16 to 17 inch class with many fish over 20 inches. Fishing has picked up a bit, but due to the lack of stocking, fishing should be considered slow to fair for quantity and good for size. Wipers are also being reported with most of those greater than 15 inches in size and many of them are 20 inches or larger. Launching large boats is not recommended at all especially with a soggy muddy shoreline from the recent rains. Only car toppers or boats that can be hand carried to the water are recommended now. Shore anglers are having a little luck for trout with PowerBait or worms. However, find shoreline where the bottom drops off quickly as the trout have moved deeper to find cooler water. Fly rodders continue to have some success with buggers, hare’s ears, leech patterns and chironomids fished from float tubes or kick boats. Just make sure you are using a full sink line and give it time to get the flies down deep. The fish are avoiding the shallow south end of the lake due to warm water temperatures there. Many of the fish are being caught at between 15 and 20 feet of depth in the canyon by the dam.
Water levels are extremely low and warm. Limits have been lifted, but due to water conditions, the trip isn’t worth it.
Water levels have stabilized due to the recent precipitation and the boat ramp is still usable for smaller boats. Fishing has been fair for trout and slow to fair for bass. Anglers have had fair luck for trout in the 12-16” size between the boat ramp and the canyon by the dam as well as along the rock by the cabin. A few fish in the 18 to 20 inch fish were also being reported. The road should be okay to drive on now.