Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
Not sure how much snow Angel Lake received, but as of Thursday Afternoon, NDOT’s website showed the Angel Lake Road as still open. Better get here soon before it is closed. Fishing has been good here and fishing for tigers has been fun with a fair number of reports of tiger trout ranging in size from 14 to 17 inches. 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 will still hit dry flies but not as aggressively as they have been. Good dries for Angel include as Adams, Pale Morning Dun’s (PMD’s), Griffith’s gnats, elk hair caddis, red or yellow humpy’s, yellow stimulators and small ant, beetle and hopper patterns. Get here while the getting’ is good, as the lake will start freezing over soon when we get back to seasonal temperatures.
There is very little change here as fishing continues to be good for 9 to 12 inch rainbow trout. PowerBait, worms, spinners, nymphs and small streamers are the way to go. Brown trout are becoming active as they head into the fall spawn. To target them, try the southeast side of the lake and near the inlet either at first or last light. The usual small spinners, small minnow imitators, PowerBait and worms should all work for brown trout, though the spinners and minnow patterns are generally more effective.
Bass fishing is vry slow with the cooler water temperatures while trout fishing is fair to good. Fly fishermen should be switching to nymphs and streamers. For nymphs turn to hares ears, copper Johns, prince nymphs and zug bugs. The go to streamer here is the wooly bugger. The usual assortment of worms, marshmallows, PowerBaits, small spinners and lures should also work.
Trout fishing for brown trout has been fair to good depending upon the day, though more days are good than fair. Best time to fish for brown trout is at first light and last light. The best place to fish for browns is where the creek comes into the lake and up the creek as the brown trout are getting ready to spawn. The usual spinners, PowerBait and worms should all be effective here. Fly rodders should be using wooly, crystal and seal buggers, hares ears, PT nymphs, and copper Johns.
The weeds are really receding and fishing is picking up. Fishing for bass is slow, while trout fishing is fair to good. The usual assortment of wooly buggers, hares ears, copper Johns and PT nymphs should all work. PowerBait, worms, minnow and small spinners should be used by spin fishermen.
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.
The recent precipitation combined with plants going into dormancy for the winter, have the stream flows up, though they are muddied up for a bit. Depending upon next week’s expected precipitation it may be a few days before they clear. Brook and brown trout are active as they are in spawning mode. Brook trout should be wrapping it up, but the browns may still have a couple of weeks left. Either way they are both brightly colored and still very active. Griffith’s gnats, mosquito patterns, Adams, small yellow stimulators and elk hair caddis should all work on most of our streams in eastern Nevada. Worms, PowerBait, small spinners, the usual assortment of small nymph and streamer flies are all worth a try. Bait anglers should try dead drifting a worm on a light wire hook through the runs, pools and riffles.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
Just like Angel Lake, fishing is good to excellent at the high alpine lakes as the fish 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. Surface water temperatures at Island lake were hovering between 38 and 40 degrees and it won’t be long before they are freezing over. Expect wet, snowy and slippery conditions at the higher elevations and only experienced back country hikers and anglers should attempt the high mountain lakes at this time
Not much change here as low water levels due to the drought make launching a boat from a trailer at the boat ramp virtually impossible. Bass fishing is pretty much done here for the year and this will be the last “bass” report until next summer. That being said, fishing for trout in the collection ditch has picked up and several thousand 13-inch tiger trout have been stocked over the past month. Brown trout are also cruising the northern end of the collection ditch. This is the time of year when the trout in the South Marsh, start moving back into the collection ditch. 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.
The surface water temps have dropped into the low 50’s and with the forecasted temperatures should slowly drop into the 40’s over the next couple of weeks. The water has cleared up and fishing is good on most days with anglers reporting trout caught at the south end of the lake, in the coves on either side of the dam, along Jet Ski Beach and in Tomera Cove Chironomid patterns such as soft hackle nymphs, snowcones, Yankee buzzers, and zebra midges are good flies to use this time of year as the midges are one of the few insects hatching. Of course the usual streamers such as wooly buggers, seal buggers, and leech patterns should work as well. The bass bite is starting to drop off as the water cools, but they can still be caught and this is the time of year that the big ones are preparing for winter. Fish structure off of rocky points and south facing shorelines for black bass. As the surface water temperatures cool, the bass will be a bit deeper.
Water levels are around 13% of capacity and most of the algae has died off. While fishing has picked up with more active trout cruising the shallows, don’t expect fishing to be more than fair here for a while, though NDOW did stock the lake with 10,000 catchable rainbows a couple of weeks ago. While fishing has been slow, the trout that are being caught are over 20 inches and they are more active with the clearing cool water. Spinners, night crawlers, PowerBait, minnow imitating lures, wooly and seal buggers, leech patterns, hares ears and chironomids are probably the best bet this time of year at Wild Horse. Make sure you check the current Nevada Fishing Guide for current regulations and limits.
Extremely low water levels with warm water make this reservoir a poor choice for fishing. Not worth the trip.
While it is mostly hunters camping a Wilson, those who are fishing are finding trout fishing to be good with good water conditions. NDOW stocked this lake with approximately 20,000 fish a couple of weeks ago. Surface water temperatures have dropped into the mid 50’s, good temperatures for trout fishing. Just like at South Fork early morning or late evening seems to be the best times for trout, while target bass in the late afternoon. Bass fishing is slow with the cooler water temperatures. The same presentations and baits that are used at South Fork should also work here. This lake continues to get very little visitation, so your fishing experience should be good. The road should be dry now.