Eastern Nevada Fishing Report


Updated 3/19/2015

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 ice free and fishing continues to improve for fish in the 9 to 12 inch range. The usual small spinners, PowerBait and worms should all work. Fly rodders should be using the usual assortment of nymphs (hare’s ear, PT, prince, copper Johns, zug bugs etc.) 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

Water levels at Cold Creek Reservoir have been steadily rising over the past couple of months and the lake level is good. Angling for bow-cutt and rainbow trout should pick up as spring comes on and trout begin spawning. Anglers should be able to launch small boats at Cold Creek without any problems.


Illipah is also ice free, water quality is good and fishing is fair to good. The road and shorelines have are drying out and travel is improving. Best area for fishing 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, that is free of weeds and shore fishing should start picking up. Last week, the water temperatures were in the low 40’s and fishing for trout was fair.


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. However, with the expected increase in daytime highs and the recent snows, expect snowmelt to keep flows a little higher than they have been and the water turbid. Worms, PowerBait, small spinners, the usual assortment of small nymph and streamer flies are all worth a try. Best time of day should be in the afternoons as the water warms up a bit.


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.


Harrison Pass is open and fishing conditions have changed little in the past few weeks. 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 and egg patterns close behind. Also, wooly buggers and flies that have some red in them also seem to be working. 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.


Surface water temperatures are approaching 50 degrees and fishing is picking up at South Fork. Anglers report fair to good luck catching fish ranging in size from 12 to 18 inches with a few coming in over 20 inches. Shore fishing has been good for the smaller fish as they are in the shallow warmer water. The larger fish seem to be holding a bit deeper, though a few are still being caught from shore, especially where the water deepens rather quickly. 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. The bluffs along the northwest side of the lake by the dam have produced some nice fish in the 16 to 20 inch range. 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. The lake has been stocked a couple of times already and spring stocking should continue into May.


The lake is approximately 20% of capacity and the surface water temperatures have been rising with the warmer daytime highs. Other than that, not a lot of change here. Fishing continues to be slow for numbers but good for size with fish averaging between 18 and 22 inches. Bait anglers catching fish are using either worms or PowerBait. Anglers are also using a combination of worms with either corn or marshmallows with some success. Surface water temperatures are moving into mid 40’s with the warmer weather. Expect it to continue to climb as the warm days continue. Expect fishing to be slow to fair for a bit until the water starts warming into the low 50’s. 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 water conditions warrant.


Water is only about 10% of capacity and is covered with unsafe ice.


Wilson is less than a foot from spilling and may start spilling soon. The water here is turbid and expect fishing to be slow. 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.