Eastern Nevada Fishing Report


Updated 10/16/2014

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 low 50’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.


Fishing is good for 10 to 12 inch trout. The old standbys of worms or PowerBait are both working. 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.


Water levels have stabilized and anglers report good success for fish between 12 and 17 inches. Most anglers are having success with PowerBait. 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. Brown trout are very active as they enter their fall spawning season. Minnow imitations, natural baits and wooly buggers on a sinking line 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.


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.


Lots of washed out roads in eastern Nevada due to the storms of July and August and anglers, as well as hunters, should take care when traveling the back roads. 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.


This week the weather is expected to be nice and fishing should be good at the alpine lakes as the trout get ready for the long winter at high elevations. 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. One angler reported a 20 to 30 fish day at Greys Lake using a red and white Mepps spinner.


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. The collection ditch is still hit or miss for trout though it should start picking up. 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.


Water temperatures are in the 50’s and with the wind from earlier in the week, much of the weeds and algae have been blown to shore helping to clear the water. With the cooler temperatures trout are moving into shore especially in the morning and early evening hours. For trout, fluorescent green or orange/yellow seem to be the preferred colors of PowerBait. Fly rodders continue to catch fish 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. One angler even reports some good dry fly action along the eastern shore below the campground around mid morning.


The high winds earlier this week combined with the cold nights have the algae and weeds retreating and the water is starting to clear up. Trout are moving into the shallows looking for food early morning and late evening, then hanging off shore in a bit deeper water during the day hiding from predators. 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. 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 50’s with trout fishing starting to come on. While the weeds are dying back, the algae is still around and the water is turbid. 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.