Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
Trout have been seen dimpling the surface so chances are emerger patterns are working and fishing has been fair to good depending upon the day. 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 dry flies. If you have a float tube, try to get your flies under the brush on the north and south shorelines.
Fishing has been fair to good for 10 to 13 inch fish using the usual worms and PowerBait. Small Cave Lake specials, 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.
Fish have been seen dimpling the surface, probably taking midges or mayfly emergers. Fly rodders should use the usual assortment of prince nymphs, PT nymphs, hare’s ears, small buggers, elk hair caddis, Adams and Griffith’s gnats.
Anglers report fair to good success using a variety of styles, baits and presentations. Expect the usual PowerBait and worms to work well. Fly rodders should plan on damsel fly nymphs, olive or black wooly buggers, prince nymphs and hares ears to all work well. Dry fly patterns such as the Adams, mosquitos, Griffith’s gnats, renegades and hoppers are all worth a try if you see fish rising. Anglers are being asked to return any bass they catch back into the lake to help build up the bass fishery.
Anglers have been having good success fishing for both rainbows and browns at Illipah. 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.
Fishing has been good here for trout and fair to good for bass. 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. Catfish are starting to show up in the creel. Weed growth is in high gear and shore access is getting difficult. Anglers will have the best luck using afloat tubes or small boats.
Very little change here. 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 and nymphs with peacock herl. Much of the algae mats are gone and fishing is tapering off a bit as fish move to the center of the lake where the water is deeper. Expect the same techniques and presentations that work at South Fork, to work here as well. Fish for trout more towards the center of the lake where the water is a bit deeper as the water warms up. Anglers are being asked to return any bass or blue gill they catch to help re-build those populations in the lake.
Streams flows have dropped significantly, and they are very fishable. Elk hair caddis, partridge soft hackles, renegades, mosquitos and prince nymphs are all good patterns for the beaver ponds this time of year. Thomas Creek Campground is open. As of Thursday, July 14, the South Fork of the Humboldt was flowing at approximately 50 cubic feet a second (cfs), Lamoille Creek at 22 cfs, Bruneau River 14 cfs and the Jarbidge at 22 cfs, are all very fishable.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
It is time to hit the high mountain lakes! You may still have to cross some snow drifts, but the fishing is worth it. Red and white spoons and blue and silver kastmasters were working for the lake trout, while grubs and spinners were working for the brook trout. Expect the same flies that work at Angel Lake to work in the most of the high mountain lakes. Since these lakes are about a month or two behind the lower elevation lakes, sub-surface presentations using nymphs or small buggers are more effective than dry flies. However, a small stimulator or hopper pattern with a nymph dropper still is worth a try.
Anglers can now put a boat with an electric motor only on the south Marsh. Bass fishing is still slow in the mornings and just fair in the afternoons. Generally bass fishing doesn’t get good until late July or early August. Not many bass are being caught, though some nice trout have come out of the ski pond. While water levels are down a bit due to the extended drought, they are up enough to launch a boat at the main boat ramp next Wednesday and a canoe at the Narciss Boat Ramp. As the summer warms up and the weeds grow, expect Narciss to become unusable sometime later this month. 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 continues to be good for anglers willing to put the time in and move along it until they get into fish but watch for snakes. Fishing the collection ditch has been good for trout using a variety of flies, spinners and lures. Right now the best time to fish seems to be from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm when a mayfly hatch is going on. 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. Green, especially peacock herl, seems to be the predominant color that is working for wet flies. The collection ditch is artificial lures only.
Shore fishing for trout along Jet Ski Beach and the cove on the east side of the dam continues to provide decent fishing using worms or PowerBait depending upon the day. Coyote Cove and Tomera Cove have been slow for trou. The trick is to fish early and fish deeper. The south end of the lake is seeing a lot of weed growth. Fly rodders continue to have success with damsel fly nymphs fished along the edges of weed beds and in the backs of the coves early in the day. Of course the usual wooly buggers, seal buggers and leech patterns as well as the more common nymphs are all effective but a fast sinking line is needed to get the flies down to the fish. A few wipers havecaught along the no wake buoy line at the south end of the lake and near the spillway on the west side of the dam using black over silver and black over white crank baits, fire tiger minnow imitations and chartreuse crystal buggers and Clouser minnows. Good places to fish for trout include the north end of Jet Ski Beach, the last cove before the dam on the northeast side, the main boat ramp cove and from a boat or float tube at the south end of the lake. With surface water temperatures now firmly in the 70’s trout are moving into deeper water. Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing has been good using soft plastics in dark colors as well as crankbaits. Anglers may now keep one black bass fifteen inches or longer.
Very little change here as fishing has been slow to fair for trout, slow for bass and wipers, and fair for catfish. There is some algae growth going on and the water is turbid, though some areas of the lake have less than others. There are some carryover trout in the lake from stocking a few years ago that are averaging around 23 inches and last fall’s stocked fish are averaging around 15 inches. Fly fishermen are having the best luck with black or olive wooly buggers, leeches, damsel fly nymphs and hares ears. Gear anglers are having success with minnow type imitations in fire tiger, black over white and blue over white. Trout are starting to move into deeper water with surface water temperatures in the low 70’s. Shore anglers should look for shorelines that drop off quickly so they can reach deeper water. Several anglers report good success for catfish ranging in size from five to ten pounds. Anglers may now keep one black bass, 15 inches or longer.
Extremely low water levels with warm water make this reservoir a poor choice for fishing. Not worth the trip.
The spillway is dry. Fishing conditions should be similar to South Fork. With water temperatures in the mid 70’s by midday, trout are holding deeper. Most of them are being caught between 10 and 13 feet deep, holding just off of the bottom. Trollers have had luck along the western shore around the boat ramp and shore anglers have had some success off the rocky point by the boat ramp. Fly rodders report using soft hackle hare’s ears fished under a slip strike indicator and using bead head flies or split shot to get the flies down. Bass fishing is picking up, but the biologist responsible for this water says not to expect limits of keeper bass this year. Wilson was stocked in early June with 4000 rainbow trout.