Eastern Nevada Fishing Report


Updated 10/23/2014

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


Fishing continues to be good at Angel Lake as the surface water temperatures are in the high 40’s. 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 for nymphs should improve your chances. Red and yellow seems to be the best color for dries. Hopper patterns are very good right now, though after the cold front they won’t be as effective. 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. The tigers are a bit more aggressive this time of year as they are a cross between a brown and a brook trout, both fall spawners.


Since the first of October, Cave has been stocked with approximately 12,000 catchable rainbow trout. Fishing has been good for 8 to 10 inch fish using the old standbys of worms or PowerBait. Fly rodders should be using small olive buggers, Cave Lake specials, hares ears, small leeches and chironomids. There has been some good dry fly action mid morning and late afternoon. Dries fished with a dropper, especially along the weed edges can be very effective here even in the late fall on warm afternoons. The usual arrangement of dry flies such as Adams, elk hair caddis, royal coachmen, stimulators and renegades are all effective for dries, while soft hackles, prince nymphs, PT’s, hares ears and small leech patterns make great droppers. Black and gold or green and gold spinners and rooster tails should also be effective.

Cold Creek Reservoir

The trout have been cooperating at Cold Creek Reservoir, and a few bass are still occasionally being caught. The usual worms, PowerBait and small spinners are all working for trout. Fly rodders should try olive or brown wooly buggers and leech patterns, damselfly nymphs, hare’s ears and copper Johns.


Illipah was stocked with 7500 fish earlier this week. Fishing continues to be good for anglers though now more smaller fish are being caught. Brown trout are very active as they enter their fall spawning season and anglers do report some success for browns. Float tube anglers continue to report good fishing for trout primarily early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Best area seems to be in the area where the creek enters the lake. Minnow imitations, natural baits and wooly buggers on a sinking line are all worth a try here. Other flies this time of year should include prince nymphs, zug bugs, hares ears and damsel fly nymphs. Shore anglers report good luck on the west side of the lake and at the inlet where the creek enters the reservoir primarily with PowerBait, though nightcrawlers are also working.


The wind really helped clear some of the weeds out and shore fishing is definitely getting easier here. There is open water between the shore and a small ring of weeds. There are also channels through the weeds so shore anglers are having a better time getting their bait to the fish and fishing has been good. 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.


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.


Stream flows are well below normal and many are not fishable in central and northeastern Nevada. Eastern Nevada in the Schell Creeks and Snake ranges are about average, or just a bit below average, for this time of year and are still fishable and fishing has been fair to good. Streams in the Toiyabes of central Nevada are very low and not fishable. Brown and brook trout streams that are fishable are well worth hitting this time of year as both the species are fall spawners and become more active and aggressive in October and November. The unusually warm and dry weather pattern has extended the dry fly season in streams with enough water to fish. There are still a few hoppers out and the trout are used to seeing them, so hopper and stimulator patterns should continue to work for a while. And of course, many eastern and northern Nevada streams have October caddis hatches.


With the colder weather expect the lakes at higher elevations to start icing over. However, the lower elevation lakes will still be fishable, though depending upon the amount of precipitation we get travel may be limited. 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 with your spinning gear. Smaller worms, rooster tails, spinners and even PowerBait are all working.


Water temperatures continue to drop and bass fishing is pretty much done for the year. Water levels are low and Narciss is nothing more than a mud flat. The main boat ramp is still usable, though care should be taken especially on the west side of the dock which has a drop off below the ramp. Several anglers report success fishing the ditch and catching trout between two and five pounds over the past week. Small olive buggers, hare’s ears, damsel/dragonfly nymphs and leech patterns should all work. The ditch is artificial lures and flies only. Unit 21 still has fairly good water and has been stocked with trout.


Earlier this week the surface water temperature at the lake hovered between 52 and 54 degrees, though with the cooler temperatures predicted over the next week it should drop down to around 50 soon. With the cooler temperatures trout are moving into shore especially in the morning and early evening hours. A number of large catfish have been caught over the past couple of weeks ranging in size from about 10 pounds all the way up to a 26 and ½ pounds! Congratulations to Terrie Lee Smith on the 26 and ½ pounder caught on Thursday near the dam. Wish we had a picture of it. Almost all of the catfish were caught with worms. Fly rodders continue to catch trout using chironomids, hare’s ears, wooly bugger and leech patterns. Leech patterns suspended under an indicator near weed beds and close to shorelines should work great this time of year. Several fly flishermen report luck with either red or blue copper Johns below an indicator in the shallows close to shore. Ditto for chironomids, though fish those over muddy bottoms. Bass fishing has slowed down considerably, though this time of year is good for larger bass. Anglers report fair to good fishing along Jet Ski Beach and the south end. The eastern shore on either side of Tomera Cove has been fishing well, especially for fly rodders using the aforementioned copper Johns. Fishing has been good for trout at either end of the dam in the coves. Most shore anglers are using worms though some are having success with green PowerBait.


Surface water temperatures have dropped to around 50 degrees and trout are moving into the shallows looking for food early morning and late afternoon. The algae has died back and while there are still pockets of green water, much of the lake is clearing Most shore anglers are having success using PowerBait or worms. Launching boats from trailers is not recommended at all. Only car toppers or boats that can be hand carried to the water are recommended. Fishing has been fair to good for both size and number of fish. With the lake at about 14% of capacity, the fish that are left are somewhat concentrated, though NDOW hasn’t stocked the lake in over a year. Fly rodders are having success with buggers, hare’s ears, leech patterns and chironomids fished from float tubes or kick boats. Fish the nymphs under an indicator and the buggers and leech patterns with an intermediate sink line in the shallows early in the morning. If fishing chironomids a slip-strike indicator allowing you to fish the fly right on the bottom with a floating line.


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


Wilson is 40% full and the boat ramp is out of the water and not useable. The surface water temperature is now in the low to mid 50’s with trout fishing starting to come on. While the weeds are dying back, the algae is still around and the water is green. Fishing for bass is slow, while fishing for trout is fair to good. The same lures, baits and flies that work at South Fork Reservoir should work here. If you are in the area chukar, deer or elk hunting, bring a fishing pole.