Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
The road is open and the lake is ice free though the north side of the lake has a fair amount of snow and you can’t hike around the lake. Fishing continues to be good here for fly rodders using small nymphs and dries. For bait dunkers, worms seem to do a bit better than PowerBait on Angel Lake trout. Small spinners work well, though the tigers will also take very small minnow imitations and your fly selection should include small wooly and crystal buggers, prince nymphs, PT nymphs, soft hackle nymphs, hares ears and just about anything with peacock herl in it.
Fishing continues to be good for fish in the 9 to 12 inch range. The usual small spinners, PowerBait and worms should all work. Fly rodders should be using hare’s ears, PT, prince, copper Johns, zug bugs and small wooly and crystal buggers. On warm afternoons when the midges are hatching Griffith’s gnats, Adams, elk hair caddis and other popular dry flies in sizes 12 to 18 are worth a try. Cave Lake was stocked with approximately 3200 fish two weeks ago. There will be a Free Fishing Day Kids Fishing Derby here at Cave Lake, Saturday, June 13 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am.
Water levels at Cold Creek are good and fishing has been productive. With the hot afternoons projected for the next week, dry flies and emergers are the ticket. Fly fishermen should use Adams, Griffiths gnats, elk hair caddis, mosquito and royal coachmen for dry flies. For nymphs turn to hares ears, copper Johns, prince nymphs and zug bugs. The usual assortment of worms, marshmallows, PowerBaits, small spinners and lures should also work.
With low lake levels (around 10% of capacity) fish should be concentrated and fishing should be good now that the weather is cooperating. A young angler recently caught a nine and a half pound brown trout using a little Disney Princess fishing pole and a worm. The trout was almost as long as the fishing pole. The usual assortment of worms, artificial baits, spinners and lures should all work. Fly rodders should be using wooly, crystal and seal buggers, hares ears, PT nymphs, hares ears and copper Johns.
Jakes Creek has been fishing fair to good for 9 to 14 inch trout. Surface water temps are in the mid 50’s and the water is fairly clear. A few weeds are just starting to show up, so get the shore fishing in while you can. The usual assortment of wooly buggers, hares ears, copper Johns and PT nymphs should all work. PowerBait, worms and small spinners should be used by spin fishermen.
Construction is almost complete at this Elko County Reservoir that has been dry for the past five or six years. All that is left is some mechanical work on the outflow mechanism for irrigation, rip rap on the dam and the spillway channel and a bentonite clay “wall” around the deep water pool in the middle of the lake. With some help from Mother Nature in the form of snow this winter, and anglers may be lucky enough to be fishing this beautiful little gem by early summer.
Stream flows spiked earlier this week in the southern parts of Elko County and across much of the area between I80 and US50 due to the heavy rain Wednesday. However, flows are dropping back to below normal with most eastern Nevada streams flowing between 25% and 50% of normal. Still better than the 10 to 30% of normal a few weeks ago. Lamoille Creek is fishable in the beaver ponds higher up in the canyon. Ants are still around so ant patterns, Griffiths gnats, mosquito patterns, Adams and elk hair caddis should all work. If ants are around use the darker variations of some of these flies. Worms, PowerBait, small spinners, the usual assortment of small nymph and streamer flies are all worth a try. Hoppers are starting to appear at the lower elevations, but not in any great numbers. They should start increasing as the weather warms.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
Many of the trails are opening up, though there is still snow in shaded areas. Those lakes with southerly or western exposures have ice coming off or even ice free, while those with a northern exposure are still mostly ice covered. However, with the warmer temperatures predicted for the next 10 days both the trails and the lakes should be opening up. The trail is open to Island Lake and there is open water though about half of the lake is ice covered as of the writing of this report.
Water levels are below where they should be, but when the electric motor boat opener comes on Monday, boaters shouldn’t have any trouble launching boats at the main boat ramp. Narciss is another story as it is shallow and weedy. You can launch a canoe, but instead of the boat ramp launch it by the observation station. Surface water temps at the boat ramp were 75 degrees earlier this week and the bass spawn is in full swing. The water temp is good for bass fishing, though the spawn may slow it down. However, once the spawn starts to taper off expect early season bass fishing to be fairly good due to the above average water temperature. Fishing in the collection ditch is still good for trout when the weather cooperates No word on what flies or lures are working, but expect emergers as well as dries to work. Damselfly nymphs, dragonfly nymphs, hares ears and copper Johns have all produced fish. For spin fishermen the usual assortment of small spinners and minnow type lures are all effective here. The ditch is artificial lures and flies only and wading is not allowed in the ditch.
Surface water temperatures are in the high 60’s as of the writing of this report and may hit 70 degrees by the end of the weekend. The water is still pretty clear though weeds are starting to grow. Expect the weed and algae growth to kick up a notch with the warm weather. Black bass are on their spawning beds around the shallow areas of the lake. Anglers are being asked to give the guard males a break and fish the drop-offs just off the bedding areas for the other bass that are hanging in those areas. A 20 pound catfish was caught earlier this week with a worm floated a few feet above the bottom on the west side of the lake. Sherbet, rainbow, and Chartreuse PowerBait along with worms are what most anglers have been using for trout, with the PowerBait appearing to catch more fish. Flyrodders have been having luck with smaller flies such as hares ears, prince nymphs, black micro leeches and copper Johns in sizes 14 to 18 fished six to eight feet below an indicator. Wooly, seal and crystal buggers are also catching trout and bass. Damselfly nymphs should start working any day now. Trout fishing continues to be good from the main boat ramp cove to the dam on the east side of the lake as well as the last couple of coves on the west side before the spillway. The south end of the lake right below the culverts has also produced some nice fish. Smallmouths have been caught near submerged trees along the no wake buoy line at the south end of the lake. Black bass may not be kept until July 1st and must be returned to the water immediately upon catching. However, one wiper 15 inches or larger may be kept.
Fishing has been fair for quantity, but good for size with trout averaging around 20 inches in length. Water temperatures are in the mid 60’s and climbing quickly. Both smallmouth and wipers are being caught as well as trout. Bait anglers are having the best luck with a worm/marshmallow combination, followed by sparkle PowerBait in rainbow or sherbet colors. Flyrodders are using wooly buggers, leeches, copper Johns, PT nymphs, prince nymphs and hares ears. The best areas seem to be on the east side of the lake along the beach to the north of the State Park boat ramp, the mouth of Hendricks Arm, the last cove before the canyon and the canyon by the dam. The limits are back on at Wild Horse Reservoir. Make sure you check the current Nevada Fishing Guide for current regulations and limits. NDOW biologists will re-evaluate the limits as water conditions warrant.
Water is only about 10% of capacity and is covered with unsafe ice.
Approximately 40,000 fish have been stocked here over the past week and fishing should pick up with the surface water temperatures in the mid 60’s. The lake is done spilling and anglers should concentrate their efforts in the canyon by the dam, along the rip rap on the north shore and on the shorelines on either side of the boat ramp. For bass, target the willows and weedy areas. The same presentations and baits that are used at South Fork should also work here.