Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
The road is open to the lake and the water is ice free and fishable. Access to the lake at the dam is good and the access around the lake still has some snow, but is opening up. Trout have been seen dimpling the surface so chances are emerger patterns should be working. The usual worms or PowerBait are both successful here.
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. 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. Cave Lake was stocked with 3000 trout on May 24th.
Fish have been seen dimpling the surface, probably taking midges or mayfly emergers. Fly rodders should use the usual assortment of prince nymphs, PT nymphs, hare’s ears, small buggers, elk hair caddis, Adams and Griffith’s gnats.
Anglers report good success using a variety of styles, baits and presentations. Expect the usual PowerBait and worms to work well. Fly rodders should plan on damsel fly nymphs, olive or black wooly buggers, prince nymphs and hares ears to all work well. Largemouth bass will be stocked as they become available from other waters and the lake will receive another 10,000 fish later this fall.
Anglers have been having good success fishing for both rainbows and browns at Illipah. 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. This lake was stocked with 7500 catchable rainbow trout in early May.
Fishing has been good here for trout and fair to good for bass. Worms or PowerBait are effective along with black 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. Catfish are starting to show up in the creel. Shore access is starting to get difficult with the weed growth. Anglers will have the best luck using afloat tubes or small boats.
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 and nymphs with peacock herl. There is a lot of algae growing here, especially along the shoreline. This is normal for a newly filled reservoir and shouldn’t affect fishing, though it can make it a bit messy when reeling in a fish. Expect the same techniques and presentations that work at South Fork, to work here as well. Fish for trout more towards the center of the lake where the water is a bit deeper as the water warms up. Anglers are being asked to return any bass they catch to help re-build the bass population in the lake.
Streams flows have dropped significantly, and some are becoming fishable. Lamoille Creek is borderline fishable and the Bruneau and Jarbidge are fishable. Elk hair caddis, partridge soft hackles, renegades, mosquitos and prince nymphs are all good patterns for the beaver ponds this time of year. There are rocks in the road so care should be taken when driving into Lamoille Canyon. Thomas Creek Campground is open. As of Thursday, June 23, the South Fork of the Humboldt has been flowing at approximately 400 cubic feet a second (cfs) into the reservoir, Lamoille Creek at 132 cfs, Bruneau River 58 cfs and the Jarbidge at 70 cfs.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
Lakes are starting to open up depending upon location, but travel is still difficult due to snow. The trail to Island Lake is open with snow in just a few places and the lake is ice free. No recent word on the trail to Lamoille Lake, but expect snow and the lake probably still has some ice on it.
Anglers can now put a boat with an electric motor only on the south Marsh. Water temperatures at the main boat ramp were are still in the mid to high 60’s though they are climbing. Expect bass fishing to be slow in the mornings and just fair in the afternoons. While water levels are down a bit due to the extended drought, they are up enough to launch a boat at the main boat ramp next Wednesday and a canoe at the Narciss Boat Ramp. As the summer warms up and the weeds grow, expect Narciss to become unusable sometime in July. Soft plastic worms and grubs in dark greens, purple, blue and motor oil with sparkles in them rigged weedless are the way to fish for bass here. In the collection ditch fishing continues to be good for anglers willing to put the time in and move along it until they get into fish but watch for snakes. Fishing the collection ditch has been good for smaller (10 to 14 inches) fish using a variety of flies, spinners and lures. Flies that are working include prince nymphs, frostbite chironomids, black or olive wooly buggers, crystal buggers and mayfly emerger patterns. Green, especially peacock herl, seems to be the predominant color that is working for wet flies. The collection ditch is artificial lures only. The units don’t have fish in them due to low water levels.
Very little change here as fishing has been good for anglers catching wipers, trout and black bass. Water temperatures are climbing, so fish for trout early in the morning or fish deeper during the day. Flows coming into the lake have dropped quite a bit and the south end of the lake is starting to clear up a bit. The south end of the lake is seeing a lot of weed growth. PowerBait seems to be working better than worms for trout. Fly rodders are having success with damsel fly nymphs fished along the edges of weed beds and in the backs of the coves. Of course the usual wooly buggers, seal buggers and leech patterns as well as the more common nymphs are all effective. Wipers being caught along the no wake buoy line at the south end of the lake using black over silver and black over white crank baits, fire tiger minnow imitations and chartreuse crystal buggers and Clouser minnows. Good places to fish for trout 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. Trout will start moving into deeper water with the warmer surface water temperatures. The lake was stocked with 15,000 rainbows last week bringing the total stocked this spring to 63,000 fish. Black bass must be released until July 1.
Fishing has been slow to fair. The lake was stocked with approximately 80,000 fish this year as part of the process of rebuilding the fishery here. Half of the stocked fish were fry and half were catchable eight to ten inch fish. Fishing is starting to improve with the stockings, but just like after the 2007 die-off, it will take two to three years before anglers are catching trophy sized fish. There are some carryover trout in the lake from stocking a few years ago that are averaging around 23 inches and last fall’s stocked fish are averaging around 15 inches. Fly fishermen are having the best luck with black or olive wooly buggers, leeches, damsel fly nymphs and hares ears. Expect wiper and perch fishing to be slow. Congratulations to Larry Brinker of Las Vegas who caught a 23.5 lb. catfish this week, which is a new water record for Wild Horse. His group of anglers also caught a seven pound cat and a number of 12 to 14 inch trout. The trout were caught trolling spoons in the Hendricks Arm. Smallmouth fishing should start picking up with the warmer weather. No black bass may be kept until next Friday, July 1.
Extremely low water levels with warm water make this reservoir a poor choice for fishing. Not worth the trip.
While the road is dry, it is a bit rough with some holes in places, so if hauling a trailer, take it slow. The lake is still spilling, though flows are subsiding, and anglers report good fishing below the spillway and the falls. Fishing conditions should be similar to South Fork. Damselfly nymphs are the ticket here right now for fly rodders. Fishing has been fair to good for trout and fair for bass. Bass fishing is picking up, but the biologist responsible for this water says not to expect limits of keeper bass this year. Wilson was stocked in early June with 4000 rainbow trout.