Eastern Nevada Fishing Report

Eastern-Region-Fishing-Report

Updated 9/16/2016

ANGEL LAKE

The trout are starting to move back up into the water column. The usual worms or PowerBait are both successful here. Small spinners in black and gold, green and gold and black and red are effective. Fly rodders should be using anything olive or with peacock for nymphs and buggers, while red or yellow are the preferred colors for the bodies of dry flies.

CAVE LAKE

Fishing has been fair to good for 10 to 13 inch fish using the usual worms and PowerBait. Small wooly buggers and the usual nymphs such as prince, hares ears and pheasant tail nymphs should all work. Damsel fly nymphs in olive or tan are working as well. Spinners in gold, black or dark green with contrasting spots on them have been working as well.. Worms under a bobber, or PowerBait floated off of the bottom using a slip sinker are both good ways to fish this lake.

COLD CREEK RESERVOIR

The water level is still holding here and fishing has been fair to good for bass and good for trout. Late afternoons and early evenings have been productive with dry flies. Fly rodders should use the usual assortment of prince nymphs, PT nymphs, hare’s ears, small buggers, elk hair caddis, Adams, PMD’s and Griffith’s gnats. As the water cools and the hatches die down, fly anglers will want to switch primarily to nymphs and small crystal buggers.

COMINS:

Trout fishing is starting to improve with the cooler temperatures though it is still slow to fair here with the best time being first thing in the morning. Expect the usual PowerBait and worms to work. Fly rodders should plan on using damsel fly nymphs, olive or black wooly buggers, prince nymphs and hares ears. Dry fly patterns such as the Adams, mosquitos, Griffith’s gnats, renegades and hoppers are all worth a try if you see fish rising. Best time to fish for trout is first thing in the morning, though right before dusk, it may pick back up. Anglers are being asked to return any bass they catch back into the lake to help build up the bass fishery.

ILLIPAH

Fishing has been good first thing in the morning for anglers and the water level, while lower, is still good. A few anglers report 20-30 fish mornings starting at sunup and fishing until about 10:00 am. Most anglers have been using worms, PowerBait, and spinners. Hares ears, damsel fly nymphs, sheep creek specials, and olive or black wooly buggers are the ticket for fly fishermen. Browns should start becoming more active as we get closer to their spawn in late September, early October.

JAKE'S / BOIES RESERVOIR

Fishing has been fair to good here for both trout bass. Anglers need to use a small car-topper type boat or float tube to get past the weeds though they are starting to recede. For trout, worms or PowerBait are effective along with black and gold spinners. Fly rodders should be using damsel fly nymphs, prince nymphs, hares ears, pheasant tail (PT) nymphs and wooly buggers in olive or brown. Shore fishing is almost impossible due to the weeds. Anglers will have the best luck using float tubes or small boats casting from open water towards the weeds.

JIGGS / ZUNINO RESERVOIR

The water level has dropped a bit due to evaporation but anglers from float tubes report good fishing for trout with some of the larger fish that were stocked earlier in the spring being caught. Expect fishing to continue to improve as the water temperatures fall. The usual PowerBait or worms should work for bait anglers and small spinners are the ticket for spin fishermen. Fly rodders are having luck with dark colored buggers, leeches, hares ears and nymphs with peacock herl. Expect the same techniques and presentations that work at South Fork, to work here as well. Shore fishing can be especially productive early in the morning and in the evening. Anglers are being asked to return any bass or blue gill they catch to help re-build those populations in the lake.

MOUNTAIN STREAMS

Streams flows are still below normal in most of our waters as the dry summer is making stream fishing a little harder. Pray for precipitation. The Jarbidge and the Bruneau have both seen a small increase in their flows and dry fly fishing using hoppers or yellow stimulators is good. Flows may increase a little over the next month as the temperatures cool and the vegetation along the streams start to go dormant using less water. Look for pools and beaver ponds for best fishing, though a few streams may still fish fairly well even with the lower flows. Anglers continue to report good fishing for tiger trout in the upper meadows of Lamoille Canyon. Hoppers are still everywhere so start with either a hopper or yellow stimulator, especially in the afternoons. Elk hair caddis, renegades, mosquitos, stimulators, hoppers, ants and just about any good floating dry fly with red or yellow are all good patterns for the streams this time of year. As of Thursday, September 15, the South Fork of the Humboldt below the dam was flowing at approximately 10 cubic feet a second (cfs), Lamoille Creek at 5 cfs, Bruneau River 12 cfs, the Jarbidge at 6 cfs, and the East Fork of the Owyhee at 6cfs.

HIGH ALPINE LAKES

Anglers continue to report good success at all high mountain lakes. This should continue as the fish are eating a lot in preparation for the long winter at higher elevations. Expect the same flies that work at Angel Lake to work in the most of the high mountain lakes. While dry flies are working, a dry and a dropper is a good starting point. Also sub-surface presentations using nymphs or emerger patterns fished just below the surface have been effective. If you see fish dimpling the surface look to see if there are any bubbles. If there are, they are taking insects off of the surface, if there aren’t any bubbles, they are taking the insects just below the surface. Bait anglers should have success using worms or live grasshoppers that are found along the shorelines of all the lakes. PowerBait can also be effective and of course small spinners work very well.

RUBY LAKE NWR

Narciss boat ramp is bone dry, you can’t even launch a stick. The main boat ramp water level is also very low and the floats holding up the dock are resting on mud. The concrete ramp is completely out of the water and only car-toppers, canoes and kayaks are recommended at the main boat ramp. Bass fishing continues to be good for those anglers who are able to get on the lake. However, with the smaller boats, some of the afternoon winds have made it difficult to move around on the water. The best time to fish is first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon as the shadow of the mountain is hitting the water. Soft plastic worms and grubs in dark greens, purple, blue and motor oil with sparkles in them rigged weedless are the way to fish for bass here. In the collection ditch fishing is fair to good for anglers willing to put the time in and move along it until they get into fish but watch for snakes especially later in the morning and afternoon as it warms up. Fishing the collection ditch has been fair to good for 12 to 14 inch tiger trout using a variety of flies, spinners and lures. Flies that are working include prince nymphs, frostbite chironomids, black or olive wooly buggers, crystal buggers, PT’s, black callibaetis and mayfly emerger patterns. Dry flies should include Adams, PMD’s small elk hair caddis, damsel fly adults, hoppers, ants and small stimulators. The collection ditch is artificial lures only. With the cooler temperatures expect the bass bite to start dropping off and the trout bite to pick up.

SOUTH FORK RESERVOIR

The water has cleared quite a bit, but is still a little turbid. Water temperatures have dropped into the low to mid 60’s and the weeds are starting to die off. Trout are moving up into the water column and anglers report catching them five to eight feet deep. The usual wooly buggers, seal buggers and leech patterns as well as the more common nymphs are all effective. Closer to October expect chironomids to become much more effective. This is the time of year that anglers can have good luck for both bass and trout as they both start to feed more aggressively in preparation for winter and the ideal water temperatures for them cross paths. Bait anglers have had luck along Jet Ski Beach and near the dam using PowerBait or worms.

WILDHORSE RESERVOIR

The algae bloom continues, though with the projected cooler temperatures, it should start clearing soon. The lake is a little over 40% of capacity and the state park boat ramp is still usable, but larger boats will want to use caution. Fishing has been slow for all species. Trollers are having the best luck, but it is still slow to fair for them as well. Fly fishermen are having some luck with black or olive wooly buggers, leeches, damsel fly nymphs and hares ears under an indicator. Gear anglers should be using minnow type imitations in fire tiger, black over white and blue over white. The usual PowerBait or worms are working best first thing in the morning or later in the evening for trout. Bass fishing has been slow and fishing for catfish has been fair for numbers good for size. Expect trout fishing to start picking up with the cooler water temperatures.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR

Extremely low water levels with warm water make this reservoir a poor choice for fishing. Not worth the trip.

WILSON RESERVOIR

The road is in good shape and both bass and trout fishing has been fair to good. Most of the trout are averaging 12 to 14 inches while the bass are averaging less than 10 inches. The lake is about 60% of capacity and the boat ramp is usable. The water is clearing here and the water quality is good. Trout were being caught from the boat ramp through the campground. Fly rodders are having luck with olive buggers and leech patterns as well as damsel nymphs. Mayfly nymphs and emergers are also still effective in late afternoons. PowerBait and worms are also working along the western shoreline for trout.