Eastern Nevada Fishing Report




Last week was the 28th Annual Angel Lake Kid’s Fishing Derby and the weather couldn’t have been better.  Lots of fish were caught and everyone had a great time, including Smokey Bear!  Thanks to all the great people that helped and participated.  Each of the 15 winners received a special edition USFS fishing rod and reel combo.  Here are this year’s winners:

Age 4-5

L-Isabelle Enriquez

H-Liberty Durflinger

S-Woodrow O’Neil


Age 6-7

L-Riley Wamsley

H-Mia Cropp

S-Theo Garcia


Age 8-9

L-Kadyn Jay

H-Adelaide Nielsen

S-Landon Sanders

Age 10-11

L-Joshua Adair

H-Mike French

S-Carly Cruz

Age 12-15

L-Grace French

H-Carly Nielsen

S-Trinity Herzog


H= Heaviest


If you have always wanted to try fly fishing, now’s your chance.  NDOW will be hosting a free introduction to “Float Tube Fly Fishing” clinic on August 2nd and 4th  in Elko.   The class is limited to the first 10 people who sign up.  Thursday the 2nd is casting, equipment and knots.  Then on Saturday the 4th, participants will be taken fishing to beautiful Angel Lake.  Even if you don’t have any gear, there is gear available for loan including rods, reels, waders and wading boots, float tubes and more.  You must have a current Nevada fishing license.  Call Joe Doucette at 777-2305 for more information or go to www.register-ed.com to register for the class.




Fishing has been good for fly fishermen using beadhead hares ears and small black crystal buggers.   Dry fly fishing has also been productive.  Hoppers, stimulators, elk hair caddis, Adams, Griffith’s gnats, red quills and just about any small dry fly should work.  Small worms seem to work better than PowerBait here.  Also small spinners in black and gold or dark green and gold are also effective at Angel Lake.  The water level is down, making for more shoreline for water access in front of the brush and trees. 



Very little change here with surface water temperatures above 70 degrees, fishing at Cave Lake is fair to good depending upon the time of day.  Anglers need to fish deeper in the water column as the trout have gone deep to escape the heat.  The usual PowerBait or worms as well as small spinners, panther Martins or rooster tails should all work.  Fly fishermen have been doing well with dry flies with elk hair caddis, red ants, small stimulators and Adams in the early mornings and evenings.  Nymphs to try include prince, pheasant tails, hares ears, damsel and midge larva when fishing deeper water.  Anglers will have the best luck early in the morning or late in the evening.    





Little to no change here as fishing continues to be good for bass and fair to good for trout.  Anglers should do well on Power Bait, Mepps, Panther Martins, and nightcrawlers.  Flyfishers will do well on dry fly patterns.  Patterns to try include PMD’s, elk hair caddis, Griffith’s gnats, and Adams.      





Water temperatures have moved into the 70’s with vegetation growing thickly in the south lake and coming on in the north lake.  Boats and float tubes have better access to fishing than shore fishermen do.­­­  Rainbow trout are still being caught in the 16 to 20 inch range though they have moved deeper into the lake. Largemouth bass catch rates are increasing with 8 to 10 inch bass readily being caught.  Trout are hitting a variety of flies from nymphs to streamers as well as powerbait and nightcrawlers.  Largemouth bass are hitting top water rigs  to senkos.  Anglers are encouraged to fish morning and evening hours when it is cooler. 



Water levels continue to drop with irrigation and surface water temperatures are in the high 70’s which are normal conditions for this time of year. Fishing is fair to good. Anglers should have the best luck with Power Bait, Mepps, Panther Martins, and nightcrawlers.  Fly rodders should be using black or olive wooly buggers as well as chironomids, hare’s ears, leech patterns and PT nymphs. Trout may also hit dry flies early in the morning or late in the evening, especially where the creek flows into the lake.




Water level is low due to irrigation and the weeds are up making fishing from shore difficult. Best fishing is from float tubes or small boats.  Anglers can use a variety of presentations including worms, PowerBait, spinners and flies.  Chironomids, wooly buggers, hares ears, prince nymphs and damselfly nymphs are recommended. 




Fishing for bass is fair to good, while for trout it is slow to fair.  The water level is very low, which have the fish concentrated and there is some algae and weeds around the edges.  PowerBait, nightcrawlers, and dark spinners with some red or yellow accents seem to be working.  Brown or olive nymphs as well as red copper Johns and blood worm patterns for fly fishermen are good choices.  Black wooly buggers and seal buggers are also worth a try. Poppers on still mornings and evenings are working for the bass, otherwise dark soft plastic grubs are the way to go.





Stream flows are well below normal for this time of year and many of our streams are already in trouble with dangerously low flows and warm water temperatures.  Lamoille Creek was stocked with approximately 4000 tiger trout the first week of July.  As of Thursday, Lamoille Creek was flowing at 14 cfs (fishing at the beaver ponds has been good), the South Fork of the Humboldt above and below the reservoir approximately 5 cfs and 9 cfs respectively (fishing not recommended),  the East Fork of the Owyhee below Wildhorse was flowing at 93 cfs (both water conditions and fishing are good), the Bruneau at 8 cfs (fishing not recommended), the Jarbidge at 11 cfs, Cleve Creek around 5 cfs and Steptoe Creek at 3 cfs.  Swinging small spinners or streamers or dead drifting a worm or hopper on a light wire hook are your best bets in the streams.  Hoppers are out and dry fly fishing is in full swing, though with low water flows, stealth is the key. Fish are already heading to the larger pools and deeper runs.  Try floating small elk hair caddis, small stimulators, royal trudes, renegades and of course terrestrials: hoppers, ants and beetles. 





Expect fishing to be good, though the further from the trailheads you go, the better the fishing. Fishing has been slow to fair at Lamoille Lake but good at Island.  Worms seem to produce better than PowerBait at the higher elevations and small spinners and rooster tails are also effective.  Fly fishermen will want to use small nymphs sized 12 – 18 such as hares ears, PT’s, prince nymphs, copper Johns as well as black or olive wooly buggers sized 10 and 12.  Dry flies to try include Griffith’s gnats, small stimulators, elk hair caddis, small black Adams, humpies, ants and beetles. 




Water levels are down just a bit, but no problems launching boats at the main boat ramp, though Narciss boat ramp is only good for canoes and kayaks.  Bass fishing has been good on the south marsh as quite a few anglers are reporting limits of keeper fish.  Most anglers are averaging a keeper (minimum size 10 inches) for every five bass caught.  Dark soft plastics with some flash fished weedless are the presentation of choice.  Best colors seemed to be purple, motor oil and dark green. Quiet evenings may find popper fishing fun. Fishing continues to be good at the collection ditch for 12 to 16 inch trout.  The water is clear and levels are good.  Small spinners and minnow imitations were producing some fish for spin fishermen, but fly rodders were doing better.  There have been mayfly, damselfly, hopper and midge hatches so Adams, Griffith’s gnats, hoppers, yellow stimulators, and adult damsels  are all worth a try. Remember, if you can see the fish, they can see you.  Go low, slow and wear drab clothing.  Starting Wednesday, August 1, boats with 10hp gas motors or smaller will be allowed on the Refuge.




Fishing for trout at South Fork continues to be just fair and trout have moved down in the water column with the heat making it more difficult for shore anglers.  The thermocline in South Fork appears to be about 12 to15 feet down and fishing just above it will give you the best chance for trout.  Bass fishing has been very good. Fishing for wipers has been fair to good with the south end still producing wipers.  Some nice catfish have also been showing up in the creel. Surface water temperatures have climbed into the mid to high 70’s making catch and release fishing for trout difficult.  Fly rodders should be using chironomids, hares ears, flash back PT nymphs, prince nymphs, balanced leeches and buggers. Small dark spinners and minnow imitating lures with some red in them have produced a few fish. Dark soft plastic grubs with some sparkle are working for bass as are crank baits.  Poppers are also working on still mornings and evenings. 





While surface water temperatures have climbed into the 70’s, fishing continues to be good for trout, though they have moved into deeper water.  Bass fishing is fair to good. Trout are averaging 14 to 17 inches with the occasional 20+ inch fish being taken.  Fishing from shore is best early in the morning before the surface water temperatures get too hot.  Boaters are having better success as they can fish just above the thermocline which is about 15 feet down in the water column.  Fly rodders should be using most common nymph patterns such as hares ears, prince, PT’s and damselfly nymphs fished deep under a slip strike indicator.  Other flies to try include black leeches, balanced leeches, and wooly buggers.  






Due to a damaged outflow structure, the lake has completely drained.  Barrick Gold is in the process of wrapping up the work on the dam.  Unfortunately, with a mild winter, the snow pack isn’t enough to allow the capture of water this summer.  NDOW, along with Barrick, will be performing some habitat improvements to the bottom of the lake later this summer while the lake is empty to provide cover for crappie and other fish.




The water is down seasonally due to irriagion, but expect good conditions for bass and fair to good for trout.  Bass are hitting top water gear including blue damselfly adult flies as well as poppers and spinner baits when the wind dies down.  Dark soft plastic grubs are also working for bass.  Trout are hitting damselfly nymphs, olive or black wooly buggers, hares ears, PT nymphs, red copper Johns, red brassies and chironomid patterns.  Fish for trout between 10 and 15 feet below the surface.