Eastern Nevada Fishing Report

Eastern-Region-Fishing-Report

Updated 9/23/2014

NDOW Announces No Limit on Game Fish at Wildhorse and Willow Creek

ANGEL LAKE

Fishing is very 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 for nymphs should improve your chances. Red and yellow seems to be the best color for dries. Hopper patterns are very good right now. 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.

CAVE LAKE

Again, little or 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 should drop quickly with the cold front and rain that is expected to move through this weekend. 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 fished 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 for dries, while soft hackles, prince nymphs, PT’s, hares ears and small leech patterns make great droppers. Black and gold or green and gold spinners and rooster tails should also be effective.

Cold Creek Reservoir

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.

ILLIPAH

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.

JAKE'S / BOIES RESERVOIR

This reservoir is very weedy, water levels are seasonally low 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. The weeds are dying back and in mid to late October fishing from shore should start picking up.

JIGGS / ZUNINO RESERVOIR

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!

MOUNTAIN STREAMS

Lots of washed out roads in eastern Nevada due to the storms of July and August and anglers, as well as hunters, should take care when traveling the back roads. Stream flows in Elko County have subsided and most are well below normal and not fish well at all. Eastern Nevada in the Schell Creeks and Snake ranges are about average, or just a bit below 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. Start with a hopper or beetle pattern. 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

The weather has been great up high, though the nights have cooled down considerably. Realize that at the higher elevations, night time temperatures are dipping to around 40 and even below. Several hikers report good success at the more remote lakes like Echo, Favre and Liberty. 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. Smaller worms, rooster tails, spinners and even PowerBait are all working.

RUBY LAKE NWR

Water temperatures are the key now. Luckily for bass anglers, the above average temperatures have kept the bass a bit more active than they usually are this time of year. That changes this weekend and expect bass fishing to slow way down. With the cooler water temperatures anglers should slow their presentation down. Water levels are low and Narciss is nothing more than a mud flat. The main boat ramp is still usable, though care should be taken especially on the west side of the dock which has a drop off below the ramp.. 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 slow with anglers catching one keeper for every seven to eight fish caught. It’s only going to get slower with the cold front moving through. Dark colored soft plastics with either some sparkle or a contrasting colored tail rigged weedless and thrown right into the tules are your best bet for bass.

SOUTH FORK RESERVOIR

Due to the above average temperatures the surface water temps are still in the 60’s, there are floating mats of weeds and the water is still green with algae. However, rain is expected this weekend and the influx of cooler water plus the 10 degree cool down forecast for daytime highs should drop the surface water temps into prime trout range. Trout fishing seems to be better where the algae isn’t quite as thick, though there aren’t many clear areas. Shore anglers are still having some luck along the northwest corner of the lake and it seems to be best first thing in the morning. For trout, fluorescent green or orange/yellow seem to be the preferred colors of PowerBait. Damsels and dragonflies will pretty much disappear after this cold spell. Fly rodders continue to catch fish using chironomids, hare’s ears, wooly bugger and leech patterns. Leech patterns suspended under an indicator near weed beds should work great this time of year. Fishing for largemouth bass along the dam and on structure has been good using soft plastics.

WILDHORSE RESERVOIR

This week the water temperature broke the 60 degree mark coming in at 59 degrees. Perfect for trout fishing. Lots of green in the canyon, but the water around the state park is clearing up pretty nicely. Shore fishing has been picking up, but expect a slight slowdown this week due to the weather. Then with the cooler weather and shorter days expect trout fishing to improve. Most shore anglers are having success using PowerBait or worms. Launching large boats is not recommended at all. Only car toppers or boats that can be hand carried to the water are recommended. 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 still avoiding the shallow south end of the lake due to warm water temperatures there, though as the water cools down they may start moving into that end.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR

Water levels are extremely low and warm. Limits have been lifted, but due to water conditions, the trip isn’t worth it.

WILSON RESERVOIR

There is very little change here. Wilson is approximately 40% full, though the boat ramp is still usable for smaller boats. 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. Very few bass are being caught. Expect poor road conditions for a few days with the projected weather.