Eastern Nevada Fishing Report

Eastern-Region-Fishing-Report

Updated 8/20/2015

ANGEL LAKE

Fishing continues to be good here for both bait and fly anglers alike. For bait anglers, worms seem to do a bit better than PowerBait on Angel Lake trout. Fish them about four feet under a bobber. During the heat of the day, use a slip sinker and fish from the bottom with either an inflated worm or PowerBait, both of which will float up from the bottom. Small spinners work well, and the tiger trout will also take very small minnow imitation lures. A fly selection should include small wooly and crystal buggers, prince nymphs, PT nymphs, soft hackle nymphs, hares ears and just about anything with peacock herl in it. They are also hitting dry flies such as Adams, PMD’s, Griffith’s gnats, elk hair caddis, red or yellow humpy’s, yellow stimulators and small ant, beetle and hopper patterns.

CAVE LAKE

Little or no change here as fishing continues to be good 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.

COLD CREEK RESERVOIR

Fishing has slowed here just like most of the area waters due to the summer heat. Dry flies are working early to mid-morning and then again in the late evening when the shadows start to hit the water. Fly fishermen should use Adams, Griffiths gnats, elk hair caddis, mosquito and royal coachmen for dry flies. For nymphs turn to hares ears, copper Johns, prince nymphs and zug bugs. The usual assortment of worms, marshmallows, PowerBaits, small spinners and lures should also work.

ILLIPAH

Fishing continues to be fair as the water levels are slowly getting better. Early morning anglers report some success for 10 to 13 inch trout using PowerBait or worms. Fly rodders should be using wooly, crystal and seal buggers, hares ears, PT nymphs, hares ears and copper Johns.

JAKE'S / BOIES RESERVOIR

Jakes Creek has been fishing slow for 9 to 14 inch trout. With seasonally low water levels, the surface water temps are in the mid 70’s. Fishing has been fair to good for bass for those anglers who have a canoe, small rowboat or float tube and get get on the water as the weed growth along the shoreline is thick. 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. Soft plastic baits and small minnow imitation lures are working well for bass.

JIGGS / ZUNINO RESERVOIR

Construction on the reservoir is complete and the low pool area even held some water after the rains earlier in the summer. Pray for snow next winter to fill it and if this happens then NDOW will stock it with trout, largemouth bass and bluegill in the spring of 2016. It all depends on Mother Nature.

MOUNTAIN STREAMS

Stream flows continue to drop to well below normal with most eastern Nevada streams flowing between 10% and 35% of normal. Lamoille Creek is fishable and anglers are still reporting good creels of tiger trout. Griffiths gnats, mosquito patterns, Adams, small yellow stimulators and elk hair caddis should all work. Worms, PowerBait, small spinners, the usual assortment of small nymph and streamer flies are all worth a try. Hoppers are are out so don’t forget to bring hopper, ant and beetle patterns along. Bait anglers should try dead drifting a worm or grass hopper on a light wire hook through the runs, pools and riffles.

HIGH ALPINE LAKES

The high alpine lakes are producing fish as they are taking advantage of a very short growing season and hitting anything that looks like food. Use the same techniques and presentations as listed for Angel Lake. With the windy afternoons blowing up the mountains, terrestrial fly patterns are working as flying ants, hoppers and beetles are being blown up the mountain almost every afternoon. This is the place to be to beat the heat.

RUBY LAKE NWR

Water levels in the south marsh are down about five inches over the past month and fishing has been spotty. It’s getting tougher to launch a boat at the main ramp but it can still be done. However, stay away from the Narciss boat launch you can’t get a boat in the water there. Surface water temps at the boat ramp are in the 70’s. Dark colored soft plastic baits with some sparkle or a contrasting color tail, fished weedless should work for the bass in the south lake. Fishing is fair for bass and slow for trout. On the good days, experienced anglers are catching one keeper bass for every three fish caught. Fishing in the collection ditch is slow to fair for trout, though one angler caught a 20-plus inch trout using a small spinner. Damselfly nymphs, dragonfly nymphs, wooly and crystal buggers, hares ears and copper Johns should all be productive. Anglers should also try hares ears, PT’s, and Mayfly dries as well as emergers. 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.

SOUTH FORK RESERVOIR

Surface water temperatures are in the 70’s and the weeds and algae are thick. Trout fishing is slow and bass fishing is fair to good depending upon the day. Lots of algae and the weed beds at the south end of the lake are thick. Best luck for both trout and bass has been early in the morning and boaters are doing better than shore anglers as they can access the deeper water earlier. Shore anglers should look for shorelines that drop off quickly so they can get their presentation to deeper water. There continues to be a damselfly and dragonfly hatch, so both nymphs and adult patterns of these insects are a good bet for fly rodders. At the south end, look for holes in the vegetation and fish soft plastics hooked weedless first thing in the morning or late in the evening. Fish structure off of rocky points for smallmouth. The inlet, where the river comes into the lake, is also a good spot to target bass looking for food. Dark soft plastic baits in motor oil, guacamole, root beer and dark purple with some sparkles in them have been working early and late. With the high pressure system in place and the water temps at about their highest point, a delicate presentation such as Senko’s give bass anglers a better chance at the bass.

WILDHORSE RESERVOIR

No change here as the water is green with algae and lots water grass growing. Not many anglers visiting Wild Horse, and those that are, find fishing slow. Surface water temperatures are in the mid to high70’s. Few if any anglers are making the trip. Most anglers are having to work hard just to get a fish and in the heat of August, probably isn’t worth the trip. Make sure you check the current Nevada Fishing Guide for current regulations and limits.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR

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

WILSON RESERVOIR

There continues to be little change here. Fishing for smaller trout has been fair, while fishing for carryover trout (think larger) is slow to fair. Bass fishing is fair to good, and just like at South Fork early morning or late evening seems to be the best times for both bass and trout. Water condition and levels are good with water temperatures in the mid 70’s. The same presentations and baits that are used at South Fork should also work here. This lake is getting very little visitation so your fishing experience should be good.