Eastern Nevada Fishing Report

Eastern-Region-Fishing-Report

Updated 8/7/2014

NDOW Announces No Limit on Game Fish at Wildhorse and Willow Creek

ANGEL LAKE

The water temperature has climbed into the 60 degree range and fishing is improving. NDOW stocked the lake couple of weeks ago. This reservoir seems to do better with worms over PowerBait and with small black and gold or green and gold spinners and rooster tails. For flies, just about anything olive or with peacock herl should improve your chances. They are starting to hit dries regularly but nymphing is still working best now. Dry flies fished with a dropper are very effective here from now until late September. A popular rig is a small yellow stimulator with an olive soft hackle fished about three to four feet below it. Fish this near brush, rock faces and rocky shorelines.

CAVE LAKE

There’s not many more ways to say it, but fishing at Cave hasn’t changed and probably won’t change much throughout the summer. Fishing has been good for 9 to 11inch trout with a few 13 to 14 inch fish being reported. The old standby of worms or PowerBait should both work. Fly rodders should be using damsel nymphs, small olive buggers, Cave Lake specials, hares ears, small leeches and chironomids. Dries with a dropper, especially along the weed edges is very effective here. The usual arrangement of dry flies such as Adams, elk hair caddis, royal coachmen, stimulators and renegades are all effective here.

Cold Creek Reservoir

Anglers report smaller trout being caught, though a few bass in the two to three pound class have shown up in the creel. Damsel nymphs, small buggers, hare’s ears and PT’s should all work. Some dry fly action has been going on, so mosquitoes, EH caddis, stimulators, renegades and humpies are all worth a try. Fish near the inlet for best results. NDOW moved almost 70 largemouth bass into the lake to augment the population to help control the tui chub found here.

ILLIPAH

Water level has dropped due to irrigation and levels are seasonally low. However, anglers continue to report fair to good fishing for trout 13 to 17 inches in size primarily early in the morning. Minnow imitations, natural baits and wooly buggers are all worth a try here. Shore anglers report good luck on the west side of the lake and at the inlet where the creek enters the reservoir. Other flies this time of year should include prince nymphs, zug bugs, hares ears and damsel fly nymphs.

JAKE'S / BOIES RESERVOIR

Water levels are dropping as they generally due this time of year due to irrigation. It is very weedy and fishing from shore is difficult. Anglers should plan on bringing a small boat, canoe or float tube for best chance at success. Anglers report fair fishing for 13 to 16 inch trout and a few bass. Anglers should try PowerBait and worms or small spinners fished slowly. Fly rodders should give hares ears, PT nymphs, zug bugs and prince nymphs along with wooly buggers a chance. Fish are averaging 10 to 17 inches in size with most anglers using small spinners, minnow imitations or flies.

JIGGS / ZUNINO RESERVOIR

This once popular fishery has been dry for a number of years. But lovers of Jiggs do not despair. Starting in mid to late July work will begin restoring the dam, deepening the area closest to the dam and adding bentonite clay to the bottom to help it hold water. Work is to be completed in October and if we have a good winter, anglers should be able to fish it in the spring or summer of 2015!

MOUNTAIN STREAMS

Stream flows in Elko County have increased by quite a bit with the steady rains of the past week. However, the sudden change of water temperatures due to the input of cold rain water may slow fishing down for a bit. Also, expect the flows to steadily decrease back to what they were over the next week. Central and eastern Nevada streams didn’t receive the rains that northeastern Nevada did and their flows are still below normal. Eastern Nevada in the Schell Creeks and Snake ranges, while lower than average, are still fishable and fishing has been fair to good. Streams in the Toiyabes of central Nevada are very low, warm and not fishable. However, where streams are fishable it is dry fly season! Small elk hair caddis, stimulators, humpies, hoppers, ants and beetles are all tried and true patterns for our small Nevada streams. In pools or runs, fish a dry with a nymph dropper for best results. For bait anglers, dead drifting a worm or a grasshopper on a light wire hook through small pools and runs is the way to go.

HIGH ALPINE LAKES

This is the time of year to hit the alpine lakes in the Ruby Mountains to beat the heat of the valley floor. However, hikers and anglers should keep an eye on the weather as it is often worse up here than on the valley floor. Standard nymphs for the high lakes include soft hackles, hares ears, PT’s, small damsels, small 20-inchers and anything with olive or peacock herl. Popular dries include renegades, royal trudes or coachmen, red or yellow humpies, stimulators, elk hair caddis, hoppers, ants and beetles. If you aren’t a fly fisherman, bring a clear plastic bubble you can fill a bit with water and put a fly about three or four feet below it and give that a try.

RUBY LAKE NWR

Water levels are low and launching a boat at Narciss landing is not recommended and very difficult to do. Windy afternoons have made the prime fishing time for bass dangerous. So take care and be prepared to get off the water quickly. If the wind comes up and you are far from the boat ramp, put your boat into the bull rush for some stability and protection. If lightning comes up and you aren’t able to get off the marsh try to find a piece of solid ground to get on and hunker down. If you can’t get off, put your canoe or boat into the bull rush and stay low in the boat. The collection ditch is hit or miss for trout. Small olive buggers, hare’s ears, damsel/dragonfly nymphs and leech patterns should all work. The ditch is artificial lures and flies only. Fishing in the main part of the marsh for bass is fair to good with anglers catching one keeper for every five to six fish caught over the recent gas motor opener. Anglers appear to be averaging 20-25 fish total with about five keepers for an afternoon of fishing. Dark colored soft plastics with either some sparkle or a contrasting colored tail hooked weedless and thrown right into the tules in the main part of the marsh are your best bet for bass. Late afternoons and early evenings if the wind dies down, top water lures are working.

SOUTH FORK RESERVOIR

The recent rains have dropped the surface water temperatures into the high 60’s but expect it to rise back into the 70’s shortly. The lake is very green with algae and the south end of the lake is very weedy. Fishing has been fair for smaller trout, slow to fair for larger trout, fair to good for bass and wipers. Anglers appear to be having good luck around most of the lake for trout, though by mid morning the trout have moved offshore to deeper water. For trout, fluorescent green or orange/yellow seem to be the preferred colors of PowerBait. While trout fishing has been slow, the cooler water temps may stimulate the fish into being a bit more cooperative for anglers for a week or so. Damsel flies are hatching so damselfly nymphs are most definitely an option along weed beds first thing in the morning, though anglers continue to have some luck with hares ears, PMD’s, seal buggers, and wooly bugger. Wipers are being caught in a bit deeper open water, no longer in the shallow stuff.

WILDHORSE RESERVOIR

The lake level has risen a few inches and the surface water temperatures have dropped into the high 60’s and low 70’s. Launching large boats is not recommended at all especially with a soggy muddy shoreline from the recent rains. Only car toppers or boats that can be hand carried to the water are recommended now. Trout fishing has been slow, fishing for cats is fair, and bass fishing is fair to good. Wiper fishing has been fair for experienced wiper anglers and slow to fair for others. Most wipers are being found off of steep breaking, windswept shorelines and are difficult to target without getting a boat on the water. That being said, the inflow of cooler water may stimulate the fish a bit and while don’t expect fishing to pick up a lot, it may improve over the weekend for a short time. Most shore anglers are having a little luck for trout with plain old garden hackle, though others are using PowerBait and lures. However, find shoreline where the bottom drops off quickly as the trout have moved deeper to find cooler water. Fly rodders have had some success with buggers, hare’s ears, leech patterns and chironomids fished from float tubes or kick boats. The fish are avoiding the shallow south end of the lake due to warm water temperatures there. Many of the fish are being caught at between 15 and 20 feet of depth in the canyon by the dam.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR

Water levels are extremely low and warm. Limits have been lifted, but due to water conditions, the trip isn’t worth it.

WILSON RESERVOIR

Water levels are dropping due to seasonal irrigation. Fishing has been fair for trout and slow to fair for bass. There appears to be an age class of bass missing that would have been keeper size this year. Most bass being caught (and there aren’t many being reported) are less than the 10” minimum size required here for keepers. Anglers have had fair luck for trout in the 12-16” size between the boat ramp and the canyon by the dam as well as along the rock by the cabin. Anglers report catching fish from the cabin to the willows on the north shore. A few fish in the 18 to 20 inch fish are also being reported. The boat ramp should still be in the water. With the recent rains, expect the road to be very muddy. It is recommended that anglers wait a few days for the roads to dry out before heading to Wilson.