Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
The road is closed to the lake and there will be no fishing reports for Angel Lake until late May of 2015.
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. Cave Lake was stocked with approximately 3200 fish two weeks ago.
Water levels at Cold Creek are good and fishing has been productive. On warmer days fish are hitting on dry flies, especially midmorning and midafternoon. 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.
Water was taken out for livestock watering and the lake has dropped from about 40% of capacity to less than 10% and is currently about 30 inches below the minimum pool mark. Fish should be concentrated and fishing should be good. The usual assortment of worms, artificial baits, spinners and lures should all work. Fly rodders should be using wooly and seal buggers, hares ears, PT nymphs, hares ears and copper Johns. The water has been turned off and with the current inflow from the creek, water levels at Illipah should star rising soon.
Jakes Creek is free of weeds and shore fishing is fair to good for 9 to 14 inch trout. Surface water temps are in the mid 50’s and the water is fairly clear. A few weeds are just starting to show up, so get the shore fishing in while you can. 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.
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 are up due to the recent precipitation, but still below normal. Most are between 10 and 50% of normal and still fairly clear. Lamoille creek is flowing about 50% of normal and is fishable. Flows were a bit muddy here and the SF of the Humboldt due to the runoff from the rain. With the intermittent rain projected over the next week expect flows to continue to be about where they are and the water to be turbid . Worms, PowerBait, small spinners, the usual assortment of small nymph and streamer flies are all worth a try. Best time of day to fish streams should be in the afternoons as the water warms up a bit.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
Travel isn’t recommended to the high Alpine Lakes in the Ruby Mountains and the East Humboldt Range. There will be no fishing reports for the high mountain lakes until late May or early June depending upon conditions.
Fishing is still fair to good for trout depending upon the day, the angler and where you are fishing along the collection ditch. The go-to fly seems to be the hares ear, with the pheasant tail nymph close behind. Also, wooly buggers and flies that have some red in them also seem to be working. 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. Don’t expect to find fish in the units due to low water levels. The marsh doesn’t open to boats until June 15, when boats with electric motors only will be allowed in the south marsh.
Unsettled weather continues to result in unsettled fishing. As a general rule it appears that right before and during a storm front moving through the fishing has been better than at the tail end or right after the storm moves on. Sherbet, rainbow, and Chartreuse PowerBait along with worms are what most anglers have been using, with the PowerBait appearing to catch more fish. 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. Midge hatches are improving and when these are present, anglers may try the usual chironomid patterns such as snow cones, frostbite chironomids and Yankee buzzers. Some Baetis hatches also being noticed. Nice sized trout have been caught at the north end of the lake on either side of the dam. Trout fishing continues to be good from the main boat ramp cove to the dam on the east side of the lake as well as the last couple of coves on the west side before the spillway. The south end of the lake right below the culverts has also produced some nice fish. One angler reports that fishing in 12 to 14 feet of water just north of the no wake buoy line at the south end of the lake produced a number of 16 to 18 inch fish. They were hanging about halfway up in the water column and hitting a brown verigated wooly bugger. Bass are showing up in the creel more as the water temperature approaches 60 degrees. Once it hits the magical 60 degree mark expect bass fishing to get good. Both smallmouth and largemouth are being caught on the east shore from the main boat ramp cove south to Tomera Cove and on the flats on the west side of the lake north of Jet Ski Beach. Black bass may not be kept until July 1st and must be returned to the water immediately upon catching. However, one wiper 15 inches or larger may be kept. The lake has been stocked a couple of times already with more than 20,000 fish and spring stocking should continue into May.
Fishing is fair for numbers and good for quality with fish averaging 18 to 22 inches in length. With the water level at about 20% and unsettled weather, not many anglers have taken the trip to Wild Horse. 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, prince nymphs and hares ears. The best areas seem to be on the east side of the lake along the beach to the north of the State Park boat ramp, the mouth of Hendricks Arm, the last cove before the canyon and the canyon by the dam. The limits were back on at Wild Horse Reservoir. So make sure you check the current Nevada Fishing Guide for current regulations and limits. NDOW biologists will re-evaluate the limits as water conditions warrant.
Water is only about 10% of capacity and is covered with unsafe ice.
This report is going to sound exactly like last week. The recent precipitation may have the road muddy, so care should be taken if travelling here for the next few days. The lake is spilling, but the fishing below the spillway is just fair. Shore fishing on the lake along the western shore has been fair to good depending upon the day. You can launch a boat now. NDOW expects to stock between 40,000 and 50,000 fish this year due to improved water conditions. This lake should be stocked once it stops spilling. That may occur sometime over the next couple of weeks.