Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
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.
Cave Lake is now completely open water with a few anglers taking advantage of it, but the weather has kept many anglers off the water. Fishing is fair to good for 9 to 12 inch fish using the usual assortment of PowerBait or worms along with small spinners and other artificial. Fly rodders should stick to the basic nymphs such as hares ears, pheasant tails, copper Johns as well as small wooly buggers and Cave Lake Specials.
The reservoir is about 95% ice covered with the northern half of the lake covered with four to eight inches of ice. The southern half of the lake has two to four inches of spongy ice and should be considered unsafe. The south end at last check still had some open water with actively rising fish being seen.. There is still some open water on the southern end where bank fishing can take place as fish are still active and rising. Anglers should drill test holes before venturing too far upon the ice.
Illipah is also ice free with a few anglers hitting the lake with some success for 12 to 15 inch fish. Best area 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 has open water for fishing, but no recent reports.
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.
With the recent precipitation in the Elko County expect some muddy water and increased flows, though the flows are still well below normal for this time of year. Expect muddy/icy shorelines and just fair fishing due to cold muddy water. Flows are also well below normal for 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. With the downturn in temperatures don’t expect stream fishing to pick up much.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
Travel isn’t recommended to the high Alpine Lakes in the Ruby Mountains and the East Humboldt Range due to snow. There will be no fishing reports for the high mountain lakes until late April or May depending upon spring precipitation.
There is very little change here. Fishing is still fair to good 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, egg patterns and flies that have some red in them also seem to be working. Trout are starting to take a hit at anglers strike indicators, so egg patterns are definitely worth trying. 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.
Fishing has been slow to fair most days with the occasional good day scattered in between. Fish range in size from 12 to 18 inches on average with a few coming in around 20. Shore fishing has been good as the fish are in the shallow warmer water. Water temperatures are in the low 40’s, so don’t expect fishing to pick up too much until the water temperature moves into the 50’s. Areas that have been productive for trout include the main boat ramp cove, Tomera Cove, the bluffs below the east side campground and Jet Ski Beach. Sherbet PowerBait or worms is what most anglers have been using with the PowerBait doing the best. Flyrodders should be trying wooly buggers, seal buggers, hare’s ear nymphs and pheasant tail (PT) nymphs. As the water starts to warm up, anglers should start trying chironomid patterns, though currently not much action is being seen with chironomids.
Wild Horse Reservoir is completely ice free! This is the first time that this has happened in February that anyone locally can remember. The lake is at approximately 18% capacity, but with the recent precipitation is rising a bit. Let the moisture keep coming. Fishing has been slow with those catching fish using either worms or PowerBait. Anglers are also using a combination of worms with either corn or marshmallows with some success. On Monday afternoon, surface water temps were hovering around 40 degrees. Expect fishing to be fair for a bit until the water starts warming into the low 50’s, which with the current weather trends may be by early to mid March. With the recent precipitation, expect the shorelines to be muddy, so driving to the water’s edge isn’t recommended. Effective Sunday, March 1, 2015 the limits are 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 conditions warrant.
Water is only about 10% of capacity and is covered with unsafe ice.
Wilson is only about a foot from spilling and may start spilling sometime in the next few weeks. The flows into Wilson are still strong, but the water is turbid. Fishing was slow to fair last fall and expect those conditions to continue until it is stocked later in the spring. While NDOW only stocked about 23,000 fish last year due to the low lake levels, expect that number to double this spring. The road is in good condition, though if the area gets the expected precipitation this weekend, it may be 4WD while it is wet.