Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
The road to Angel Lake is closed. Generally, NDOT has the road open just before Memorial Day.
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. Spinners in gold, black or dark green with contrasting spots on them have been working as well.
Fish have been seen dimpling the surface, probably taking midges or mayfly emergers. Fishing should be good on the warmer afternoons.
The lake level continues to rise and fishing is improving as the water warms. Fishing has been fair to good for rainbows. Most anglers have been using worms, PowerBait, and spinners. Hares ears, chironomids and olive or black wooly bugers are the ticket for fly fishermen.
Fishing has been good here for trout and fair for bass. Expect the bass bite to pick up once the water warms up with the warmer weather predicted for next week. Worms or PowerBait are effective along with black and gold spinners. Fly rodders should be using chironomids, prince nymphs, hares ears, pheasant tail (PT) nymphs and wooly buggers in olive or brown. Catfish are starting to show up in the creel.
The fish that were stocked on April 22, are cooperating with anglers as several fishermen report catching a number of fish up to 19 inches in length. With the work on the lake and dam completed and approved last year, the good runoff has helped put water into the lake and it is approximately 40-45 percent of capacity. The recently planted fish haven’t been “schooled” by anglers yet and are biting on most presentations. Several fly fishermen report catching fish using prince nymphs, black bead head crystal buggers, and renegades. The roads around the lake are extremely muddy, so anglers should park in the campgrounds and walk down to the lake. The reservoir is a wakeless water, meaning that while there are no motor restrictions, watercraft must be operated at a speed slow enough to produce a wake. Expect the same techniques and presentations that work at South Fork, to work here as well.
Stream flows are high, muddy and very difficult to fish. Expect stream fishing to be poor to slow. Travel in the hills and mountain ranges of eastern and central Nevada is difficult due to snow and mud. With the wet cycle predicted next week, expect the poor conditions to continue for a while.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
Due to the snow at higher elevations, travel in the high country is not recommended at this time except for experienced backcountry travelers. Lakes are still iced over.
Harrison Pass is now open but the road is slick and muddy with the rain and snow at the summit. Fishing continues to be good for anglers willing to put the time in and move along the collection ditch until they get into fish. Several groups report good days catching tigers and rainbows using flies. Fishing the collection ditch has been very good for smaller fish using a variety of flies, spinners and lures. Anglers report days of 10 to 30 fish, often catching tiger trout along with rainbows. As a general rule anglers will catch mostly 10 to 15 inch fish with a few larger ones thrown into the mix. Flies that are working include small pink or orange egg patterns, prince nymphs, frostbite chironomids, egg sucking leeches, small buggers, and emerger patterns. Other sections of the ditch are also producing nice fish using wooly or crystal buggers in olive or purple, spinners and minnow imitating lures. Green, especially peacock herl, seems to be the predominant color.
Not a lot of change here as fishing continues to improve here. Fishing was good last Saturday during the snowy/rainy weather and several anglers report good days of fishing here. However, heavy flows continue to come into the lake bringing lots of dirt and debris causing the water to be very turbid, especially at the south end. PowerBait seems to be working better than worms. Anglers are also having success using wooly and seal buggers. Other small flies such as hares ears, egg patterns, soft hackles, egg sucking leeches and chironomids should work from shore. Chironimids such as snow cones, frostbite chironomids, zebra midges and Yankee buzzers in rootbeer, black and red seem to be working. Especially if fished right off the bottom in about six to eight feet of water with muddy bottom. Trout are cruising the shallows where the sun can warm up the water to a more desirable temperature. Smallmouth bass are being caught using crawfish patterned flies and lures. Wipers are starting to show up in the creel with fly rodders catching a number of wipers in the middle of the week using black woolly buggers. Good places to fish 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.
The lake has now reached 50% of capacity, and the state park boat ramp is usable for boaters with the dock being in the water. As the water continues to rise, the island off of the state park boat ramp and prop rock in the canyon are just under the surface, becoming potential boating hazards and boaters should be careful in those areas. Anglers should expect fishing to be slow, following two years of no stocking, even though 10,000 trout were stocked last fall. The lake was stocked this Friday with approximately 35,000 fingerlings as part of the process of rebuilding the fishery here. Catchable sized fish are scheduled to be stocked next week. However, just like after the 2007 die-off, it will take two to three years before anglers are catching 15 to 20 inch fish. There are some carryover trout in the lake from stocking a few years ago that are averaging around 23 inches. Expect wiper, catfish and perch fishing to be slow.
Extremely low water levels with warm water make this reservoir a poor choice for fishing. Not worth the trip.
The road is rutted, but still in fairly good shape, though with the recent rain, expect it to be muddy this weekend. The lake is spilling heavily and anglers report good fishing below the spillway and the falls. The water is turbid and approximately 55 degrees. Fishing conditions should be similar to South Fork. Fishing has been fair to good for trout and slow to fair for bass. Bass fishing should start picking up as the water temperature starts pushing into the high 50’s. and trout fishing using the same gear, bait and flies as at South Fork should be productive.