Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
The road to Angel Lake is open! I doubt that there is much open water, and if there is, there is probably little or no shoreline to access the lake except maybe at the dam. We will try to take a trip up next week to see the conditions.
Fishing has been fair to good for 10 to 12 inch fish using worms or cheese baits under a bobber. Small spinners are also effective. For fly rodders: hare’s ears, pheasant tail nymphs, prince nymphs, small crystal buggers and Cave Lake specials are all good flies. The surface water temperatures are in the mid 50’s and there have been occasional hatches of mayflies. This lake has been stocked with approximately 12,000 trout this spring.
This is currently at about 90% of capacity and fishing is picking up. Trout have been seen rising and dimpling the surface, especially in the warmer afternoons. Chironomids, scuds and small nymphs (size 16 to 20) fished either right above the bottom or just under the surface appear to be working. This lake was recently stocked with approximately 2000 rainbow trout.
Fishing has been good especially for those trolling in a boat. Though shore anglers are doing well also. Fish are averaging 10 to 15 inches, including some nice fish in the 15 to 20 inch range. The usual PowerBait and worms should work, while small spinners and minnow imitations can be productive. Fly fishermen should be using chironomid patterns, nymphs with peacock herl and buggers. The lake was stocked with approximately 13,000 fish over the past month.
There are still some muddy areas, so anglers should use caution when driving around the lake though it is drying out. The public should still plan on sticking to areas with good gravel substrate to keep from getting stuck with the precipitation that is forecast for next week. The usual worms, PowerBait or mealworms should all work. Small spinners and spoons should be good for spin fishermen. The usual black and olive wooly buggers, small chironomids, hares ears and pheasant tail nymphs are good starting points for fly rodders. Illipah was stocked with 3800 fish the first week of May.
The lake is full and water conditions are good for fishing. Worms and PowerBait are popular here as are black or olive woolly buggers, prince nymphs, PT’s and hares ears. This lake was stocked with approximately 1500 fish the first week of May.
Good water level and fairly clear water have improved fishing conditions at Jiggs Reservoir. Shore fishermen don’t appear to be faring as well as boaters or float tube anglers. Remember this is a wakeless water. While there is no limitation on motor size, it is illegal to operate your vessel in a manner which produces a wake. The usual small spinners, PowerBait or worms should all work. While fly rodders should be using chironomids, hares ears, small nymphs and wooly buggers.
Little to no change here as stream
flows are well above normal for this time of year and access is difficult in
most areas due to mud and in some cases, as you move up in elevation, snow. With the
forecast temperatures expect the melt to continue and the flows to stay high. This spring expect poor stream conditions to
exist for quite a while. As an example,
the Bruneau River in northern Elko County normally flows around 374 cubic feet
per second (cfs) this time of year.
Earlier this week, it was flowing at 674 cfs, more than twice its normal
rate. On some streams that come out of a
mountain range, if you can get close to the snow line, flows can be much less
than at the mouths of the canyons. In
these cases, the stream may be fishable. But be careful travelling to these
spots as the ground is saturated, making vehicular travel difficult.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
Due to the snow at higher elevations,
travel in the high country is not recommended at this time except for
experienced backcountry travelers. Lakes
are iced over. No further reports until
late in the spring or early summer depending upon this winter’s snow pack.
Though expect it to be later rather than earlier with this year’s snowpack.
Very little change here and Harrison Pass sis open, though take a 4WD with clearance as there are some washouts. Water levels are up with some turbidity due to runoff making fishing a bit more difficult. Fishing has been fair for trout and there have been no reports of any bass being caught. Fly rodders should try the usual assortment of nymphs under an indicator as well as wooly, seal and crystal buggers. Scuds, midges, and small Blue Winged Olives are all worth a try. Save the BWO’s for the sunny afternoons. Of course the usual small hares ears, PT’s, copper Johns and buggers are all staples here. Spin fishermen should try small minnow imitators and gold spinners. The collection ditch is artificial lures and flies only.
The surface water temperatures have climbed into the low 60’s and with the forecast weather, should continue to climb into the 60’s. Anglers have had good luck in Coyote Cove and along Jet Ski Beach, but coves further north on the east side such as Tomera, the boat ramp cove and those closer to the dam are good bets for trout anglers. The fish being caught are averaging between 14 and 18 inches with an occasional 20 inch fish being caught. Fishing for black bass and wipers is picking up. Remember, black bass (smallmouth and largemouth) must be returned immediately upon being caught until July 1. This has to do with the spawning season. Anglers were having fairly good luck using PowerBait or worms but fly fishermen continue to catch fish with chironomids and midge emergers. Flies that have been working include zebra midges, frostbite chironomids, snowcones, red or green copper Johns and rootbeer Yankee buzzers. These seem to work best in the morning or late evening. There has been a Mayfly hatch during late morning and anglers should switch to hares ears and PT nymphs at that time. South Fork has been stocked with a total of approximately 28,000 fish this spring.
Very little change here as Wildhorse continues to receive a lot of snow melt keeping the water level very high and there is a lot of water going over the spillway as well as lots of water still in the form of snow in the basin. You can launch a boat and the boat dock is in the water. Fishing for trout was good last week as the surface water temperatures were pushing into the 60’s. Anglers report some good fishing in the Hendricks Arm, near the warm springs on the west side and in the last cove before the canyon by the highway. The occasional wiper and smallmouth have been caught. Though expect bass fishing to be slow this year as the bass fishery recovers from the drought. If you do catch some smallmouth, they must be returned immediately to the water until July 1. Bait fishermen should use the usual worms or PowerBait here. Garlic PowerEggs of just about any color seem to work very well. Spin fishermen should be using spinners and minnow imitators like Rapalas. This time of year gold, black and gold, or green and gold spinners work well. For the minnow imitating lures, black over white or silver, dark blue over white or silver and dark green over white or silver work well. Fly rodders should be using chironomids, hares ears, PT’s and wooly buggers. Wildhorse received another 7000 trout last week for a total of just under 12,000 fish this month. The campground is open and is on a first come first served basis.
This water was recently stocked with approximately 2000 trout and the lake is almost to capacity. The road is rough so care should be taken driving here. Crappie should be moving into the shallows to spawn. It has had very light angler pressure, so no report on fishing conditions.
No recent report from anglers but the road to Wilson has some ruts and washboards, so take your time. The lake is spilling with enough water going over the new rock below the spillway to let trout move down into the river and pools below the spillway. Fishing below the spillway had been good last week, and should continue to be good while the lake spills. The water in the lake is starting to clear and fishing conditions were improving and with the warmer temperatures pushing the surface water temperatures into the 60’s should continue to improve. Expect similar conditions to South Fork and anglers should use the same presentations, though if you are fishing below the spillway, presentations with action, such as spinners, small crankbaits and wooly buggers may be a better choice.