Eastern Nevada Fishing Report


Updated 4/16/2015

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


The road is closed to the lake and there will be no fishing reports for Angel Lake until late May of 2015.


Fishing continues to improve for fish in the 9 to 12 inch range. The usual small spinners, PowerBait and worms should all work. Fly rodders should be using hare’s ears, PT, prince, copper Johns, zug bugs and small wooly and crystal buggers. On warm afternoons when the midges are hatching Griffith’s gnats, Adams, elk hair caddis and other popular dry flies in sizes 12 to 18 are worth a try. Cave Lake was stocked with 4200 nine to 10 inch rainbows this week.

Cold Creek Reservoir

Water levels at Cold Creek Reservoir have been steadily rising over the past couple of months and the lake level is good. Angling for bow-cutt and rainbow trout should pick up as spring comes on and trout begin spawning. Anglers should be able to launch small boats at Cold Creek without any problems.


The water quality at Illipah is good and fishing is fair to good. Best area for fishing seems to be where the stream enters the lake, though shore anglers are doing well along the western shore. The usual assortment of worms, artificial baits, spinners and lures should all work. Fly rodders should be using wooly and seal buggers, hares ears, PT nymphs and copper Johns.


Jakes Creek is near capacity and is free of weeds and shore fishing is good. Surface water temps have are in the mid 40’s and the water is fairly clear. The usual assortment of wooly buggers, hares ears, copper Johns and PT nymphs should all work. PowerBait, worms and small spinners should be used by spin fishermen.


Construction is almost complete at this Elko County Reservoir that has been dry for the past five or six years. All that is left is some mechanical work on the outflow mechanism for irrigation, rip rap on the dam and the spillway channel and a bentonite clay “wall” around the deep water pool in the middle of the lake. With some help from Mother Nature in the form of snow this winter, and anglers may be lucky enough to be fishing this beautiful little gem by early summer.


Stream flows are well below normal for this time of year even with the recent snows in Elko County. Most are between 10 and 50% of normal and still fairly clear. We are experiencing early summer conditions (except for the water temperature) and many fish are spooky. In rainbow trout waters expect to find trout still trying to spawn and anglers are being asked to avoid the redds on the gravel beds. Anglers will find these conditions for almost all of the eastern region due to the extended drought and very dry winter. Worms, PowerBait, small spinners, the usual assortment of small nymph and streamer flies are all worth a try. Best time of day to fish streams should be in the afternoons as the water warms up a bit.


Travel isn’t recommended to the high Alpine Lakes in the Ruby Mountains and the East Humboldt Range especially after the recent snow. Secret Pass received about 8 inches and there was probably more at the higher elevations. There will be no fishing reports for the high mountain lakes until late April or May depending upon spring precipitation.


Harrison pass is open, though there are some slicks spots due to a little snow and ice and for at least a few more days, 4WD is recommended. Fishing is still fair to good for trout depending upon the day, the angler and where you are fishing along the collection ditch. The go-to fly seems to be the hares ear, with the pheasant tail nymph close behind. Also, wooly buggers and flies that have some red in them also seem to be working. For spin fishermen the usual assortment of small spinners and minnow type lures are all effective here. The ditch is artificial lures and flies only and wading is not allowed in the ditch.


The lake is still around 75% of capacity and water temperatures in the coves are in the mid to high 40’s, as the recent weather dropped the water temps a bit. They should start to climb back up with the projected temperatures over the next week. A few large trout are still cruising the shorelines looking for spawning habitat and fishing has been good for shore anglers. While the larger spawners aren’t biting, there are fish hanging just off of the shoals where the spawning fish are that will. Most of the spawning fish are in the north end of the lake on the east side of the dam as well as along Jet Ski Beach. Sherbet PowerBait or worms is what most anglers have been using with the PowerBait doing the best. Flyrodders have been having luck with smaller flies such as hares ears, prince nymphs, black micro leeches and copper Johns in sizes 16 and 18. Egg patterns are also producing a fish or two. There have been some minor midge hatches and when these are present, anglers may try the usual chironomid patterns such as snow cones, frostbite chironomids and Yankee buzzers. A few smallmouth, largemouth and wiper bass have been showing up in the creel. Black bass may not be kept until July 1st and must be returned to the water immediately upon catching. However, one wiper 15 inches or larger may be kept. The lake has been stocked a couple of times already and spring stocking should continue into May.


Very little change here as the recent precipitation hasn’t done much for the lake level, but the shorelines are muddy. Wild Horse continues to hover around 20% of capacity and the fishing is still just fair. While the catch rate is slow, the size of trout is averaging between 18 and 22 inches. Shore anglers have had some luck in the canyon by the dam as well as off of the state park. Bait anglers catching fish are using either worms or PowerBait. Anglers are also using a combination of worms with either corn or marshmallows with some success. Fly rodders are using wooly buggers, leeches, copper Johns, PT nymphs, prince nymphs and hares ears. Effective Sunday, March 1, 2015 the limits were put back on at Wild Horse Reservoir. So make sure you check the 2015 Nevada Fishing Guide for current regulations and limits. NDOW biologists will re-evaluate the limits as water conditions warrant.


Water is only about 10% of capacity and is covered with unsafe ice.


Wilson Reservoir is at capacity and spilling, though the water is turbid. However, don’t expect fishing below the spillway to be as good as years past due to light stocking last year followed by slow to fair fishing. Fishing was slow to fair last fall and expect those conditions to continue until it is stocked later in the spring after the lake is done spilling and it is stocked. While trout fishing will improve for smaller fish after stocking, bass fishing will probably be slow to fair this year. NDOW expects to stock between 40,000 and 50,000 fish this summer due to improved water conditions. This lake should be stocked once it stops spilling.