Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
The road to Angel Lake is closed. Generally, NDOT has the road open just before Memorial Day.
Fishing has been fair to good for 10 to 13 inch fish using the usual worms and PowerBait. Small Cave Lake specials, wooly buggers and the usual nymphs such as prince, hares ears and pheasant tail nymphs should all work. Spinners in gold, black or dark green with contrasting spots on them have been working as well.
Fish have been seen dimpling the surface, probably taking midges or mayfly emergers. Fly rodders should use the usual assortment of prince nymphs, PT nymphs, hare’s ears, small buggers, elk hair caddis, Adams and Griffith’s gnats. Cold Creek was stocked with 2070 rainbows in late April.
The lake level continues to rise and fishing is improving as the water warms. Fishing has been fair to good for rainbows. Most anglers have been using worms, PowerBait, and spinners. Hares ears, chironomids and olive or black wooly buggers are the ticket for fly fishermen. Illipah was stocked with 7500 rainbow trout on May 4th.
Fishing has been good here for trout and fair for bass. Expect the bass bite to pick up once the water warms up with the warmer weather predicted for next week. Worms or PowerBait are effective along with black and gold spinners. Fly rodders should be using chironomids, prince nymphs, hares ears, pheasant tail (PT) nymphs and wooly buggers in olive or brown. Catfish are starting to show up in the creel. This water was stocked in late April with 3000 rainbow trout.
The fish that were stocked on April 22, are cooperating with anglers as fishermen report catching a number of fish up to 19 inches in length. With the work on the lake and dam completed and approved last year, the good runoff has helped put water into the lake and it is approximately 40-45 percent of capacity. The recently planted fish haven’t been “schooled” by anglers yet and are biting on most presentations. Several fly fishermen report catching fish using prince nymphs, black bead head crystal buggers, and renegades. The roads around the lake are extremely muddy, so anglers should park in the campgrounds and walk down to the lake. The reservoir is a wakeless water, meaning that while there are no motor restrictions, watercraft must be operated at a speed slow enough to produce a wake. Expect the same techniques and presentations that work at South Fork, to work here as well.
Stream flows are high, muddy and very difficult to fish. Expect stream fishing to be poor to slow. Travel in the hills and mountain ranges of eastern and central Nevada can still be difficult due to snow and mud, especially as you move up in elevation. With plenty of snow still at the higher elevations, streams will continue to flow heavily making fishing difficult. The road in Lamoille Canyon was open to the nature trail pullout as of this past Thursday. The creek is flowing fast, but is fishable in spots. The higher you can get in the canyon, the better the flows are for fishing. There are lots of rocks in the road so care should be taken when driving into Lamoille Canyon.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
Due to the snow at higher elevations, travel in the high country is not recommended at this time except for experienced backcountry travelers. Lakes are still iced over.
Harrison Pass is open but the road is slick and muddy when it rains at the summit so please slow down. Fishing continues to be good for anglers willing to put the time in and move along the collection ditch until they get into fish. Fishing the collection ditch has been very good for smaller (12 to 15 inches) fish using a variety of flies, spinners and lures. Anglers report days of 10 to 30 fish, often catching tiger trout along with rainbows. As a general rule anglers will catch mostly 10 to 15 inch fish with a few larger ones thrown into the mix. Flies that are working include prince nymphs, frostbite chironomids, egg sucking leeches, small buggers, crystal buggers and mayfly emerger patterns. Other sections of the ditch are also producing nice fish using wooly or crystal buggers in olive or purple, spinners and minnow imitating lures. Green, especially peacock herl, seems to be the predominant color that is working. The collection ditch was stocked with almost 7000 tiger trout the last week April.
Fishing has been good here as anglers report catching wipers, trout and black bass. However, heavy flows continue to come into the lake bringing lots of dirt and debris causing the water to be very turbid, especially at the south end. PowerBait seems to be working better than worms for trout. Anglers are also having success using wooly and seal buggers. Other small flies such as hares ears, egg patterns, soft hackles, egg sucking leeches and chironomids should work from shore. Chironimids such as snow cones, frostbite chironomids, zebra midges and Yankee buzzers in rootbeer, black and red are working as the midges continue to hatch in ever increasing numbers. They should be fished right off the bottom in about six to eight feet of water with muddy bottom. Trout are cruising the shallows where the sun can warm up the water to a more desirable temperature. Smallmouth bass are being caught using crawfish patterned flies and lures. Wipers are showing up in the creel with some nice fish being caught along the no wake buoy line at the south end of the lake using black over silver and black over white crank baits, fire tiger minnow imitations and chartreuse crystal buggers and Clouser minnows. Good places to fish for trout include the north end of Jet Ski Beach, the last cove before the dam on the northeast side, the main boat ramp cove and from a boat or float tube at the south end of the lake. During the month of April South Fork was stocked with more than 40,000 catchable rainbow trout.
The lake has now reached 50% of capacity, and the state park boat ramp is usable for boaters with the dock being in the water. As the water continues to rise, the island off of the state park boat ramp and prop rock in the canyon are just under the surface, becoming potential boating hazards and boaters should be careful in those areas. Anglers should expect fishing to be slow, following two years of no stocking, even though 10,000 trout were stocked last fall. The lake was stocked last Friday with approximately 35,000 fingerlings and then again this past Monday and Tuesday with 28,400 catchable fish as part of the process of rebuilding the fishery here. However, just like after the 2007 die-off, it will take two to three years before anglers are catching 15 to 20 inch fish. There are some carryover trout in the lake from stocking a few years ago that are averaging around 23 inches. Expect wiper, catfish and perch fishing to be slow.
Extremely low water levels with warm water make this reservoir a poor choice for fishing. Not worth the trip.
The road is rutted, but still in fairly good shape, though with the forecast rains, expect it to be muddy this weekend. The lake is spilling heavily and anglers report good fishing below the spillway and the falls. The water is turbid and approximately 55 degrees. Fishing conditions should be similar to South Fork. Fishing has been fair to good for trout and slow to fair for bass. Bass fishing should start picking up when the water temperature starts pushing into the high 50’s.