Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
NDOW Announces No Limit on Game Fish at Wildhorse and Willow Creek
The road is closed to the lake and there will be no fishing reports for Angel Lake until late May of 2015.
Reservoir is at capacity and unsafe ice is covering much of the lake making fishing difficult. Anglers can still find some open water, especially at the south end where the creek enters the lake. Don not expect safe ice until after the first of the year, and then only if the weather cooperates.
Cold Creek Reservoir was stocked in September with 1600 bowcutt trout. Water temperature was 44 degrees upon check earlier this week with the reservoir slowly filling up after the summer time water withdrawal from the ranch below. On warm afternoons trout will be raising more consistently and in the mornings and evenings anglers will need to use beaded nymphs or sinking line to get the fly down where trout are feeding. LMB activity has shut down for the year, with angling becoming very difficult to non-existent.
This lake is also covered with unsafe ice. No open water.
Jakes should also be icing up with unsafe ice, but there hasn’t been any recent reports here. Wait until after the first of the year before you go.
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 have increased a bit. Expect slippery bank conditions due to some snow and mud. Worms, PowerBait, small spinners, the usual assortment of small nymph and streamer flies should all work. If fishing eastern Nevada streams make sure to slow down your presentation. Fish the slower water as the trout’s metabolism slows down with the cooler water temperatures. But expect fishing to be slow.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
Lakes are all ice covered and with the snow expected this weekend, travel is not recommended into the high country. There will be no fishing reports for the high mountain lakes until next spring or summer, depending upon the snowpack.
Not a lot of changes here though it is icing back up. Fishing has been good for trout in the collection ditch and anglers report quality fish being caught in several areas of the ditch, with the oxbow behind the hatchery producing a few three to five pound fish. Small olive buggers, hare’s ears, damsel/dragonfly nymphs and leech patterns should all work. For spin fishermen the usual assortment of small spinners and minnow type lures are all effective here. The ditch is artificial lures and flies only.
As of Wednesday, the south end of the lake and the backs of some of the coves had skim ice in the mornings. Surface water temperature was 40 degrees on Thursday. This lake is lower in elevation than Wild Horse, and it may be a while before it completely ices over with daytime highs predicted to be in the 40’s for the next week. Fishing has been hit or miss, with anglers having success one day and little or no success the next. Weather seems to be a definite factor. Fishing the day before a storm moves in has been the most productive time. Fly rodders continue to catch fish using chironomids, hare’s ears, wooly bugger and leech patterns. Bass fishing is slow to nonexistent. Anglers report good fishing along Jet Ski Beach. The eastern shore on either side of Tomera Cove has been fishing well, especially for fly rodders. The coves on either side of the dam have also been productive. Bait anglers are using nightcrawlers and PowerBait in a variety of colors though orange and chartreuse as well as rainbow seem to be favorites.
Wild Horse is completely covered with ice that is only an inch thick with two inches of dry powder snow on top of it. This ice is very unsafe and it will be a couple of weeks before anglers may be able to venture upon it. Depending upon the weather, it may be safe for ice fishing the first weekend of 2015, but make sure to call ahead to find out.
Water is only about 10% of capacity and is covered with unsafe ice.
No current report so you take your chances if you go. Speaking of chances, chances are the road is wet and muddy so 4WD is recommended if you decide to go. Should be icing up.