Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
This lake is frozen and the road is snow covered. Travel isn’t recommended and there will not be a report on this lake until next spring.
This lake is now mostly frozen with some open water at the south end of the lake. There may be a few days left of open water fishing, but with the projected temperatures of the nights next week dipping into the low teens and even pushing single digits, this water may be soon frozen over. Generally not safe to ice fish here until around New Year’s Day.
Like other lakes in the area, ice is forming, though there are reports of anglers breaking through the ice to fish. With the recent warmer weather there may be some open water, but with the snow that dropped last week, it could be quite muddy getting to the lake.
Like all area waters, trout fishing is good here with the cooler weather. The weeds have died off and anglers can now have some success fishing from shore, though if you don’t mind the cold, fishing from a float tube still gives you an advantage here. Small spinners and minnow imitations as well as worms and PowerBait are good for bait anglers, while the usual assortment hare’s ears, prince and PT nymphs along with zug bugs, wooly buggers and crystal buggers should work for fly rodders.
Unfortunately, Jiggs has dried up.
Stream flows have improved and fishing has been fair to good, especially in brookie waters. Go-to baits or flies should be nymphs, very small buggers, and worms. Dry fly season is over so turn to nymphs such as hare’s ears, PT, prince and zug bugs.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
Expect the high mountain lakes to be iced over and with the recent snow, travel isn’t recommended to the elevations. Expect a new fishing report in late spring or early summer when they open back up.
Water levels are low and several of the Units are unfishable. Those include 10, 13, 14 and 20. Weeds are up and travel through shallower parts of the marsh or through the tules is difficult. Bass fishing is done for the year. Trout fishing is improving in the ditch and anglers should have success with nymphs and buggers. Harrison pass has about four to five inches of snow as of Tuesday, with slick ice underneath. It is passable, but only 4WD is recommended.
Very little if any change here as the lake is approximately 70% full and fishing for trout is starting to slow down as the surface water temperatures are dipping below 40 degrees. However, anglers are still catching some fish and it is still worth the trip with fish averaging around 15 to 18 inches. Brown wooly, seal and crystal buggers work, as well as hanging chironomids and nymphs below an indicator in shallower water or fish from shore. Bait anglers should also suspend worms or PowerBait over muddy bottoms (that doesn’t sound right) in water that is three to six feet deep.
Well folks, last week the lake was 90% open water but by Sunday was 90% frozen. By Tuesday night no open water could be found. But Tuesday morning two anglers from Boise found about a 150 foot stretch of open water on the Hendricks arm and happened to be in the right place at the right time. Using wooly buggers and leeches suspended below indicators as well as some stripping, they managed to land almost 70 fish in just a few hours. The fish averaged 16 to 18 inches but several exceeded the 20 inch mark on their rulers. Now you will have to wait until next spring for a similar condition to exist. Most of the ice is an inch or less and it will probably be a few weeks before the ice is safe to venture on.
The lake is down to around 5% of capacity and turbid. It is not worth the trip. This fishery is probably gone until we get enough moisture to recharge both it and the surrounding lands.
The outflow has been shut off with the water level at approximately 25% of capacity. The boat ramp is out of the water by 20 to 30 feet and unless it is a car topper, launching a boat here is not recommended. There has been little or no fishing here over the past week. However, chances are the conditions are similar to South Fork and the same techniques should be tried.