Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
The road to Angel Lake is closed. There will be no further reports until late next spring or early summer depending upon snow conditions.
There are varying ice thicknesses throughout the lake with 8 inch thick ice on the Cave Creek side of the lake up to 9-10 inches towards the dam. On top of the ice, there is ankle deep slush which keeps additional ice from building. Holes drilled by other anglers have not completely frozen over due to recent warm temperatures. There has been upwelling of water in these holes potentially causing the ice to be thinner in these areas. Anglers should use caution around holes drilled by other anglers in the event the surrounding ice is weak. Fishing has been fair to good for 8 to 12 inch fish. Worms, PowerBait and mealworms under a bobber should all work.
The lake is at approximately 70% of capacity and the southern third of the lake is ice free with trout seen rising in the afternoon. The other two thirds of the lake is covered with unsafe ice.
Comins Lake currently has varying ice thicknesses ranging from 8 to 10 inches on the north lake and 9 to 11 inches on the south lake. Anglers have been catching trout of different lengths with several 17+ inch trout being harvested. Anglers should have luck with nightcrawlers, mealworms, and power bait. The usual techniques that work at Cave, should work here for trout as well.
Ice on Illipah Reservoir is 8 to 10 inches throughout the lake. Recent warm temperatures have caused some melting along the shorelines of the lake. The result of the melting is layering of ice that may be unsound. Anglers should use caution when accessing the reservoir. Fishing is generally good here through the ice using worms, mealworms or PowerBait. Anglers can also have productive fishing using a black crappie jig tipped with a worm, being actively jigged. Anglers should use caution when accessing the lake due to snow and mud.
The ice is approximately 10 inches thick and fishing has been fair to good for 12 to 16 inch trout. Worms have been working the best, though PowerBait should work as well.
The biologist for this reservoir has turned the aerator on to prevent winter kill of the fish in this small reservoir. With the aerator on, there is a large piece of open water in the middle and the ice is unsafe with lots of slush on it. Anglers should not plan on ice fishing this small impoundment due to this.
Stream flows are above normal for this time of year, many of the streams that hold trout have ice on them and the shorelines are covered with ice and snow making access difficult and fishing is slow. If you are fishing on a small stream in the area, look for open pools and slower deep runs, where the fish can hold. Fly fishing techniques include midging, stripping and dead drifting small nymphs under an indicator. Spin fishermen should use small spinners and lures or bait drifted under a bobber.
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 iced over. No further reports until late in the spring or early summer depending upon this winter’s snow pack.
Harrison Pass is closed due to snow and anglers should plan on accessing the Refuge through Secret Pass. There is lots of snow in the valley and the road is packed snow with vehicles driving in ruts. Definitely 4WD conditions and care should be taken to stay out of the borrow ditch. If you get a tire even started on the edge of the ditch, it will suck you in. The collection ditch still has open water and fishing has been slow. Fly rodders should also try the usual assortment of nymphs under an indicator as well as wooly, seal and crystal buggers. Scuds, midges, and small Blue Winged Olives are all worth a try. Save the BWO’s for the sunny afternoons. Of course the usual small hares ears, PT’s, copper Johns and buggers are all staples here.
South Fork is covered with approximately five to six inches of ice covered by a layer of slush and then three to five inches of snow. The edges are soft and in some places there is water between the shore and the ice. Like Wild Horse, no recent fishing activity but before the storms, fishing had been slow to fair for 15 to 18 inch fish. Worms or PowerBait seemed to be the presentations of choice. The county road is severely pot holed, rough and saturated with water.
Wild Horse is covered with approximately 12 inches of good ice covered with a layer of slush and about 12 to 14 inches of snow on that. Walking conditions on the ice are difficult and ATV’s are a no go. In fact, even snowmobiles are having trouble due to the deep snow and slush. There is a good two feet of snow on the flats for snowmobiling. No report on anglers on the lake due to the weather. Before the storms rainbow PowerBait with garlic scent had been working as had worms and jigging with jigs or spinners. Look for water depths of four to ten feet and fish about halfway down the water column. The sledding hill is up and running but the skating rink isn’t due to the slushy conditions.
Extremely low water levels with warm water make this reservoir a poor choice for fishing. Not worth the trip.
No report due to weather, but presuming 4WD road conditions, possibly with chains requirements. It is probably not worth heading in that direction right now.