Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
Fishing continues to be good here for both bait and fly anglers alike as the Gallagher Hatchery has stocked several thousand 10 inch tiger trout. For bait anglers, worms seem to do a bit better than PowerBait on Angel Lake trout. Fish them about four feet under a bobber. During the heat of the day, use a slip sinker and fish from the bottom with either an inflated worm or PowerBait, both of which will float up from the bottom. Small spinners work well, and the tiger trout will also take very small minnow imitation lures. A fly selection should include small wooly and crystal buggers, prince nymphs, PT nymphs, soft hackle nymphs, hares ears and just about anything with peacock herl in it. They are also hitting dry flies such as Adams, PMD’s, Griffith’s gnats, elk hair caddis, red or yellow humpy’s, yellow stimulators and small ant, beetle and hopper patterns.
Little or no change here as fishing continues to be good for fish in the 9 to 12 inch range. The usual small spinners, PowerBait and worms should all work. Fly rodders should be using hare’s ears, PT, prince, copper Johns, zug bugs and small wooly and crystal buggers. On warm afternoons when the midges are hatching Griffith’s gnats, Adams, elk hair caddis and other popular dry flies in sizes 12 to 18 are worth a try.
Water levels at Cold Creek are good and fishing has been productive. With the hot afternoons projected for the next week, dry flies and emergers are the ticket. Fly fishermen should use Adams, Griffiths gnats, elk hair caddis, mosquito and royal coachmen for dry flies. For nymphs turn to hares ears, copper Johns, prince nymphs and zug bugs. The usual assortment of worms, marshmallows, PowerBaits, small spinners and lures should also work.
With low lake levels fish should be concentrated and fishing should be good now that the weather is cooperating. Fish near the inflow of the creek and fish early in the morning. Also, fishing up the creek a ways should be productive. Fly rodders should be using wooly, crystal and seal buggers, hares ears, PT nymphs, hares ears and copper Johns. If fishing the creek, try small yellow stimulators, elk hair caddis and hopper patterns.
Jakes Creek has been fishing fair to good for 9 to 14 inch trout. Surface water temps have moved into the low 70’s and the weeds are growing. Anglers with small boats or float tubes have the best chance, by getting out past the weeds and fishing back into them. The usual assortment of wooly buggers, hares ears, copper Johns and PT nymphs should all work. PowerBait, worms and small spinners should be used by spin fishermen. Soft plastic baits and small minnow imitation lures are working well for bass.
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 continue to drop to well below normal with most eastern Nevada streams flowing between 10% and 35% of normal. Lamoille Creek is fishable and NDOW has stocked almost 6000 tiger trout int the creek! Griffiths gnats, mosquito patterns, Adams, small yellow stimulators and elk hair caddis should all work. Worms, PowerBait, small spinners, the usual assortment of small nymph and streamer flies are all worth a try. Hoppers are starting to appear at the lower elevations so don’t forget to bring hopper, ant and beetle patterns along. Bait anglers should try dead drifting a worm or grass hopper on a light wire hook through the runs and riffles.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
Trails are open and the lakes are producing fish as they are taking advantage of a very short growing season. Use the same techniques and presentations as listed for Angel Lake. This is the place to be to beat the heat. However, the afternoon thunderstorms can be dangerous up here, so take precautions.
It is easy to launch a boat at the main ramp, but stay away from the Narciss boat launch. Surface water temps at the boat ramp are in the mid 70’s. Dark colored soft plastic baits with some sparkle or a contrasting colored tail, fished weedless should work for the bass in the south lake. On those rare evenings and early mornings when the wind has died down, fishing poppers can provide some fun action. Fishing in the collection ditch is fair for trout. No word on what flies or lures are working, but expect emergers as well as dries to work. Damselfly nymphs, dragonfly nymphs, hares ears and copper Johns have all produced fish. Anglers should also try hares ears, PT’s, and Mayfly dries. 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 and wading is not allowed in the ditch.
Surface water temperatures are in the mid 70’s and the weeds and algae are coming on fast. Sherbet, rainbow, and Chartreuse PowerBait along with worms are what most anglers have been using for trout, with the PowerBait appearing to catch more fish. Boaters should fish their presentations down about 15 feet deep. Shore anglers should look for shorelines that drop off quickly so they can get their presentation to deeper water. Flyrodders have been having luck with smaller flies such as hares ears, prince nymphs, black micro leeches and copper Johns in sizes 14 to 18 fished about 12 to 15 feet below an indicator. Wooly, seal and crystal buggers on a full sink line are also catching trout and bass, but mostly in the early morning. There is a damselfly and mayfly hatch going on, so damselfly nymphs and adults should provide some action, though for trout you need to fish early in the morning. Bass anglers are catching both largemouth and smallmouth at the south end of the lake along the buoy line. Look for the submerged trees. Dark soft plastic baits in motor oil, guacamole, root beer and dark purple with some sparkles in them have been working. As of Wednesday, July 1, anglers may keep one black bass 15 inches or longer.
Fishing has been slow for trout, but the ones that are caught are averaging around 20 inches. Surface water temperatures are in the mid 70’s. Some smallmouth and wipers are being caught. Bait anglers are having the best luck with a worm/marshmallow combination, followed by sparkle PowerBait in rainbow or sherbet colors. Flyrodders are using wooly buggers, leeches, copper Johns, PT nymphs, damselfly nymphs, prince nymphs and hares ears. The limits are back on at Wild Horse Reservoir. As of Wednesday, July 1, anglers may keep one black bass 15 inches or longer. Make sure you check the current Nevada Fishing Guide for current regulations and limits.
Water is only about 10% of capacity and is covered with unsafe ice.
Almost 50,000 fish have been stocked here over the past month. One angler in a boat limited out on 18 inch trout in the canyon by the dam. Another boater was doing well on bass along weed beds near the shore. The same presentations and baits that are used at South Fork should also work here.