Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
NDOW Announces No Limit on Game Fish at Wildhorse and Willow Creek
The lake is completely ice free and the fish are cooperating with anglers…on some days. The water temperature has climbed into the 50’s and fishing is starting to improve. 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 hitting dries occasionally but nymphing is working best now.
Little or no change here as Cave is fishing like it normally does. Fishing has been good for 9 to 12inch 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 small olive buggers, hares ears, small leeches and chironomids. On some of the warmer, sunny afternoons give small pale morning duns, Adams, elk hair caddis or mosquito patterns a try.
Water levels are holding steady and in good shape. 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.
The reservoir is just about at minimum pool. However, anglers continue to report fair to good fishing for fish 13 to 17 inches in size. Surface water temps are in the high 60’s first thing in the morning and push beyond 70 degrees by late afternoon so fish deep later in the day. 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.
Jakes Creek has good water level, though it will start dropping a bit with irrigation. Weeds are coming on strong and those anglers from float tubes or small boats will definitely fare better. Anglers report 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.
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!
Flows in streams coming out of the Rubies and East Humboldt’s have diminished substantially and most are now fishable. For the most part the streams are flowing about a third of normal for this time of year, have cleared up and are starting to warm up. Northern Elko County streams are all below normal and are fishable, but not for long. If you want to fish the Bruneau, the Jarbidge and Salmon Falls Creek, fish them early as late summer flows are expected to be very poor. The same is true for central Nevada streams near the Toiyabes as flows are well below normal and while fishable now, won’t be much longer due to low flows and warm water. Eastern Nevada streams in the Schell Creek and Snake ranges have flows that are about normal and fishable now. Anglers report dry flies are beginning to work. Small elk hair caddis, stimulators, humpies, ants and beetles are all worth a try. In pools or runs, fish a dry with a nymph dropper for best results. For bait anglers, dead drifting a worm through small pools and runs is the way to go. Steptoe, Cleve, Big, and Roberts Creeks have all been stocked over the past month.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
If you are going to Lamoille Lake, take the horse trail, it has less snow than the foot trail. Though with this week’s warmer weather, the foot trail will definitely improve. As of two weeks ago, Lamoille was 70% ice covered, but fishable. It should be mostly ice free by now. Once you get past Lamoille Lake, the trail improves for the most part, though occasionally you will come across some good snowbanks. Liberty and Favre lakes are ice free. Island Lake had a mudslide at the back of the lake, but the trail to the lake is in good shape. Alpine lakes should be fishing well with hungry, if skinny, fish after a long winter at the higher elevations. Cooler water temperatures generally mean nymphing, though on sunny afternoons, dries should work. 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.
Bass fishing is still a bit slow due to water temperatures but with this weekend’s predicted hot weather it will only get better as the water warms up. Right now, the best fishing is while there are shadows on the water, early morning and late afternoon/early evening. Due to water management issues last year, the only units you will find bass in this year are probably going to be units 10 and 21. The collection ditch is hit or miss, though several anglers report good days along the ditch where there is plenty of cover. Small olive buggers, hare’s ears, damsel/dragonfly nymphs and leech patterns should all work. The ditch is artificial lures and flies only. Dark colore soft plastics with either some sparkle or a contrasting colored tail hooked weedless and thrown right into the tules are your best bet for bass.
Surface water temps in the morning are in the mid 60’s but climb to the 70’s by mid afternoon. With daytime highs expected to range from in the mid to high 90’s, the water is only going to get warmer and the weeds are coming on fast now. Fishing has been good for trout, fair to good for bass and wipers. Catfish are showing up in the creel including a few trophy fish that appear to be coming in around 10 lbs and above. 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 orange or chartreuse seem to be the preferred colors of PowerBait. Fishing for trout is still good, and fly fishermen have had success for two to five pound trout with brown and olive wooly buggers as well as olive seal buggers and olive crystal buggers on the east and south ends of the lake. Damsel flies are hatching so damselfly nymphs are most definitely an option along weed beds. Wipers are being caught in a bit deeper water, no longer in the real shallow stuff. As of July 1, you may keep one black bass 15” or longer.
Flows out of the lake have increased and with the downstream water demands below the reservoir due to the warmer weather and the drought. The water level is now dropping about a foot a week. With the quickly dropping water level, shorelines are soft. Small boats may be launched with care as long as boaters realize that the shoreline is soft and you should inspect it on foot before trying to launch to make sure your trailer and vehicle won’t sink into the mud. Launching large boats is not recommended. Trout fishing is fair, fishing for cats is fair to good, and bass fishing has been good. Wiper fishing has been good for experienced wiper anglers and fair for others. Most wipers are being found off of steep breaking, windswept shorelines. Boaters were finding trout in 20 to 25 feet of water, with the trout hanging in the top 15 feet of the water column. Most shore anglers are having luck with plain old garden hackle, though others are using PowerBait and lures. However, find shoreline where the bottom drops off quickly as the trout are moving deeper to find cooler water. Fly rodders have had success with buggers, hare’s ears, leech patterns and chironomids fished from float tubes or kick boats. The fish seem to be avoiding the shallow south end of the lake due to warm water temperatures there. Anglers should be aware that if they are going to try to launch a boat, that they must get it inspected at the AIS station at the state park headquarters. This goes for boats being launched anywhere on the lake. If you are just going to the inspection station, but not using the park, you will not be charged an entrance fee.
Water levels are extremely low and warm. Limits have been lifted, but due to water conditions, the trip isn’t worth it.
With the increase in water, the level is high enough that you can launch small boats here now. Surface water temperatures start out about 64 in the morning and climb into the 70’s by late afternoon. Fishing has been good for trout and fair for bass, though bass fishing is improving. Anglers have had good 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. Fish from the cabin to the willows on the north shore for trout. A few fish in the 18 to 20 inch fish are also being reported. Bass anglers report success along the willow edges and weedy shallow flats. Anglers should use the same presentations and techniques as at South Fork.