Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
This lake is frozen and the road is snow covered. Travel isn’t recommended and there will not be a report on this lake until next spring.
This lake is ice free, fishing is picking up as the water warms. Fishing has been fair to almost good for 8 to 10 inch trout. The old standby of worms or PowerBait should work. Fly rodders should be using small olive buggers, hares ears, small leeches and chironomids. On some of the warmer, sunny afternoons give small pale morning duns, Adams, elk hair caddis or mosquito patterns a try.
This reservoir was recently stocked with about 2000 rainbow trout. In a recent biologic survey, the sampling indicated that the bass have not yet started to control the non-desireable chub population. NDOW is planning to augment a few more bass into the reservoir to help with the problem. Bowcutts in the sampling were showing up in good size, though the rainbows sampled were in poor body condition. Fishing has been good using scud and chironimid patterns for fly fishermen. No word on how bait anglers are doing, but worms and PowerBait should both work well.
Illipah is completely ice free and the water temperature is starting to climb into the high 40’s. Fishing is borderline fair to good. Minnow imitations, natural baits and wooly buggers are all worth a try here. Fish the northern shorelines (they get the most sun and warm up first) in the shallows as the trout cruise them looking for bugs to eat.
Jakes Creek is free of ice and the water level is good. No weeds and fishing from shore should be productive this time of year. 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.
Unfortunately, Jiggs has dried up.
With the recent precipitation, shorelines are muddy and slippery and streams are turbid making fishing tough. In streams with rainbow trout populations, egg pattern flies should work. Otherwise small buggers, hares ears, prince nymphs and zug bugs should all work. Bait anglers should dead drift small garden worms through the runs and pools.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
The high alpine lakes are iced over, heavy snows and travel isn’t recommended. No further reports until late May or early June depending upon weather conditions.
The Refuge is ice free and fishing has been fair on most days, though occasionally it approaches the good category. Small olive buggers, hare’s ears, leech and egg patterns should all work. Give damsel and dragon fly nymphs a try as well and of course don’t forget about chironomids. The ditch and a number of the ponds have been stocked over the past couple of weeks.
The boat dock is in the water at the main boat ramp and the water is clearing. Still some stained water at the inlet end of the lake to the south, but the north and east sides of the lake are fairly clear. The south end of the lake has produced both nice trout and some sporadic wipers in three to four feet of water. Float tubers have been catching the wipers in very shallow water in the south end. They say that if your fins aren’t touching the bottom, you are too deep. Jet Ski Beach, as always, seems to be the popular place to fish, but anglers shouldn’t ignore the eastern shore. Tomera Cove is also producing a few nice fish with one angler reporting a good morning during Sunday’s snow storm catching his fish with a Kastmaster. With water climbing into the mid 40’s, fish are looking for water that is even just a degree or two warmer and the eastern and northern shorelines get the most afternoon sun causing these areas to have a bit warmer water later in the day. Fishing for trout is fair to good, depending upon the day, and fly fishermen have had success with black and red chironomids as well as olive seal buggers and olive crystal buggers. Bait anglers are having success with rainbow PowerBait or worms. A few bass are starting to show up in the creel. Remember, you may not keep any black bass between March 1st and June 30th, they must be released immediately back into the water.
The lake is now ice free and yet winter has just hit the lake dumping some much needed snow in the area. Water levels are rising, but ever so slowly and not enough. The shorelines are very soft and driving a vehicle near the lake is not recommended. It is also almost impossible to launch a boat here as the boat ramp is still quite a ways out of the water. Fishing has been fair with most anglers using PowerBait or worms from shore near the state park boat ramp. Fly anglers should be using buggers, chironomids, leeches and hares ears. As the water temperature starts to climb into the upper 40’s over the next couple of weeks expect the fishing to pick up.
The lake is down to around 5% of capacity and turbid. It is not worth the trip. This fishery is probably gone until we get enough moisture to recharge both it and the surrounding lands.
Wilson’s conditions are similar to South Fork and the lake is ice free. The water is turbid but is starting to clear. The county road was graded a couple of weeks ago and the ranch road was in good shape, so as long as it is dry, you should be able to get here okay. Don’t expect to be able to launch a boat any time soon. The boat ramp is still a ways out of the water and with the small snowpack, the boat ramp may never be in the water this year and the lake is definitely not going to spill unless we have one heck of a wet spring. Like South Fork expect fishing to be picking up here as well. Anglers should use the same presentations and techniques as at South Fork.