Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
Fishing last Friday was very good at Angel for fly rodders and good for bait and spin fishermen. The usual worms or PowerBait were both successful here as shore anglers were catching a limit for a morning or afternoon’s worth of fishing. With this weekend’s warmer weather, expect fishing to also be good. Small spinners in black and gold, green and gold and black and red are effective. Fishing a royal coachman or trude, elk hair caddis, yellow stimulator or royal humpy with a peacock soft hackle nymph dropper about three to four feet below was very effective last Friday. Tiger Trout were being caught in deeper water by the dam and in the small cove at the northwest portion of the lake, while rainbows were being caught in the center and along the rock wall in the southwest corner of Angel.
Very little change here as fishing has been good for 10 to 13 inch fish using the usual worms and PowerBait. Small wooly buggers and the usual nymphs such as prince, hares ears and pheasant tail nymphs should all work. Damsel fly nymphs in olive or tan are working as well. Spinners in gold, black or dark green with contrasting spots on them have been working as well. Worms under a bobber, or PowerBait floated off of the bottom using a slip sinker are both good ways to fish this lake.
The water level is good and fishing has been fair to good for bass and good for trout though, like other area waters, bass fishing is quickly dropping off. Fly rodders should use the usual assortment of prince nymphs, PT nymphs, hare’s ears, small buggers, elk hair caddis, Adams, PMD’s and Griffith’s gnats. As the water cools and the hatches die down, fly anglers will want to switch primarily to nymphs, wooly and crystal buggers and chironomids.
Trout fishing is picking up with the cooler temperatures and fishing is fair to good here. Expect the usual PowerBait and worms to work. Fly rodders should plan on using damsel fly nymphs, olive or black wooly buggers, prince nymphs and hares ears. Dry fly patterns such as the Adams, mosquitos, Griffith’s gnats, renegades and hoppers are all worth a try if you see fish rising on some of the warm afternoons. Anglers are being asked to return any bass they catch back into the lake to help build up the bass fishery.
Water quality is good and fishing is fair to good. Most anglers have been using worms, PowerBait, and spinners. Hares ears, damsel fly nymphs, sheep creek specials, and olive or black wooly buggers are the ticket for fly fishermen. Browns should start becoming more active as we get closer to their spawn in mid-October.
Fishing has been fair to good here for trout and just fair for bass. Anglers will probably not catch many bass, but the ones they catch should be larger in size. Last weekend’s weather killed off and then blew some of the weed beds to shore, so shore fishing is getting better, though a float tube or small boat will definitely make fishing easier. For trout, worms or PowerBait are effective along with black and gold, red and black, or red and gold spinners. Fly rodders should be using damsel fly nymphs, prince nymphs, hares ears, pheasant tail (PT) nymphs and wooly buggers in olive or brown. Shore fishing is almost impossible due to the weeds. Anglers will have the best luck using float tubes or small boats casting from open water towards the weeds.
Not a lot of change here. The weeds are dying back and the algae has cleared. Expect fishing to continue to improve as the water temperatures fall. The usual PowerBait or worms should work for bait anglers and small spinners are the ticket for spin fishermen. Fly rodders are having luck with dark colored buggers, leeches, hares ears and nymphs with peacock herl. Expect the same techniques and presentations that work at South Fork, to work here as well. Anglers are being asked to return any bass or blue gill they catch to help re-build those populations in the lake.
Stream flows for the most part are at or above average except for a few isolated streams and they are clear. Care should be taken when travelling to some of the out of the way places due to mud and snow. The flows on the Jarbidge and the Bruneau have dropped to just above average for this time of year and dry fly fishing using terrestrials such as hoppers, beetles and ants as well as wasp patterns should be still be good as the fish are used to seeing them. Fishing continues to be good at the upper end of Lamoille Canyon, especially in the afternoons. Start with either a hopper or yellow stimulator. Elk hair caddis, renegades, mosquitos, stimulators, wasps, ants and just about any good floating dry fly with red or yellow are all good patterns for the streams this time of year. As of Thursday, October 6, the South Fork of the Humboldt below the dam was flowing at approximately 12 cubic feet a second (cfs), Lamoille Creek at 10 cfs, Bruneau River 17 cfs, the Jarbidge at 7 cfs, and the East Fork of the Owyhee at 15-20cfs.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
While fishing has been very good at the higher lakes, there is still snow at the upper elevations. If you do head up go prepared for wet and cold condition. Expect the bite to be good, and to continue to be good, as long as you can access the lakes. Expect the same flies that work at Angel Lake to work in the most of the high mountain lakes. While dry flies are working, a dry and a dropper is a good starting point. Also sub-surface presentations using nymphs or emerger patterns fished just below the surface have been effective. If you see fish dimpling the surface look to see if there are any bubbles. If there are, they are taking insects off of the surface, if there aren’t any bubbles, they are taking the insects just below the surface. Bait anglers should have success using worms or live grasshoppers that are found along the shorelines of all the lakes. PowerBait can also be effective and of course small spinners work very well.
Narciss boat ramp is bone dry and the main boat ramp water level is also very low with the floats holding up the dock resting on mud. The concrete ramp is completely out of the water and only car-toppers, canoes and kayaks are recommended at the main boat ramp. While bass fishing died off this past weekend with the cold weather, this weekend’s warmer weather may bring a few back into play. Fishing in the collection ditch is fair to good. Most anglers are catching 12 to 14 inch tiger trout using a variety of flies, spinners and lures with an occasional 16-20 inch fish being taken. Flies that are working include prince nymphs, frostbite chironomids, black or olive wooly buggers, crystal buggers, PT’s, black callibaetis and mayfly emerger patterns. Dry flies should include Adams, PMD’s small elk hair caddis, damsel fly adults, hoppers, ants and small stimulators. However, with the cooling temperatures, expect nymphs and buggers to start out producing the dry flies. The collection ditch is artificial lures only. Fishing in the collection ditch will only get better as we get further into fall.
The water is clearing nicely and the surface water temps were in the high 50’s earlier this week. Trout are moving up into the water column and anglers report catching them five to eight feet deep. Shore anglers report fish in the shallows catching trout up to 22 inches less than 20 feet from shore. The usual wooly buggers, seal buggers and leech patterns as well as the more common nymphs are all effective. Trout are starting to hit chironimids and fishing is picking up. This is the time of year that anglers can have good luck for both bass and trout as they both start to feed more aggressively in preparation for winter and the ideal water temperatures for them cross paths. Bait anglers have had luck along Jet Ski Beach and near the dam using PowerBait or worms. Bass are hanging in the rocky rip rap of the dam and this would be a great place to target them using soft plastics and minnow imitating lures. The south end of the lake has produced fish along the old river channel or near the underwater standing dead trees for boaters and those in float tubes or kick boats. Fishing in six to ten feet of water nearer the shoreline early in the morning and late in the afternoon has also been productive for both trout and bass.
The lake has cleared of algae and the aquatic vegetation continues to die off making fishing easier. The lake is a little over 40% of capacity and the state park boat ramp is still usable, but larger boats will want to use caution. Anglers report good luck from shore and last fall’s stocking is paying off with larger fish. Fly fishermen are having some luck with black or olive wooly buggers, leeches, damsel fly nymphs, hares ears and and chironomids under an indicator. Gear anglers should be using minnow type imitations in fire tiger, black over white and blue over white. Bass fishing has been slow and fishing for catfish has been slow for numbers but good for size. Wild Horse was stocked with approximately 10,000 last week and may get some more over the next month depending upon supply at the hatchery.
Extremely low water levels with warm water make this reservoir a poor choice for fishing. Not worth the trip.
Most of the trout are averaging 12 to 14 inches while the bass are averaging less than 10 inches. The lake is about 60% of capacity and the boat ramp is usable. The water is clearing here and the water quality is good. Trout were being caught from the boat ramp through the campground. Fly rodders are having luck with olive buggers and leech patterns as well as mayfly nymph and emerger patterns in the afternoons. PowerBait and worms are also working along the western shoreline for trout. Like the other high desert reservoirs in Elko County, chironomids will start playing a larger role in the trout’s diet over the next month.