Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
The road to Angel Lake is closed. There will be no further reports until late next spring or early summer depending upon snow conditions.
Ice thickness at Cave Lake is approximately eight inches and the lake should still be safe to anglers; however it is advised that anglers use caution. With the predicted cooler temperatures it should be good through this weekend, but as the weather warms up next week, anglers should start drilling test holes before venturing too far onto the ice. Fishing has been fair to good for 8 to 12 inch fish. Worms, PowerBait and mealworms under a bobber should all work.
This water is 100% ice free and is currently at about 80% of capacity. Trout have been seen rising and dimpling the surface, especially in the warmer afternoons. No report on anyone fishing here.
With recent warm temperatures and southerly winds, Comins Lake ice has opened up and approximately 40% of the lake was open water as of Thursday. All ice should be considered unsafe and anglers should not attempt to fish on it. Anglers can fish from the shoreline and should target water that is near the receding ice. Road conditions around Comins Lake are still very muddy, though this weekend with the colder temperatures it should be firm in the mornings. Coming out in the afternoons with warmer temperatures may be a different story, so take caution.
Illipah Reservoir is approximately 90% open with some ice left along the eastern shoreline and the northern section of new dam. Anglers can fish from the shoreline and should target water that is near the receding ice. Similar to Comins Lake, the warm temperatures have brought about muddy conditions on the roads around Illipah Reservoir and the entire shoreline. The public should stick to areas with good gravel substrate to keep from getting stuck. 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.
No recent report, but with all the moisture and warm conditions, expect unsafe ice and some open water at this impoundment.
This lake is also ice free. The shoreline is muddy and soft on the warmer afternoons, so keep your vehicle on the road to keep from getting stuck on the warmer afternoons. Fishing should start to pick up here and the same presentations as South Fork should all work.
Stream flows are well above normal for this time of year and access is difficult if not impossible due to dangerous water conditions, mud and debris. With rain/snow and warmer daytime temperatures in the mix for the next week or so, anglers should plan on steering clear of the streams until conditions improve.
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.
Harrison Pass is closed due to snow and anglers should plan on accessing the Refuge through Secret Pass. There was lots of blowing and drifting of snow earlier this week and on Thursday, Secret Pass was closed. It should be open by the weekend. But expect 4WD conditions if you do go. The collection ditch is experiencing some skim ice, but for the most part is open. Access was wide open to the ditch last week, but with the drifting snow, some of it may be walk in only. Egg patterns under an indicator continue to produce some fish. Fly rodders should also 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.
As of Thursday, this lake was ice free! Anglers have caught fish using PowerBait or worms and fly fishermen have had luck with disco balls, chironomids and hares ears. The trick is to not fish to far from shore as the fish are moving into the shallower warmer water and to use very small presentations. The county road is severely pot holed and rough.
The ice is still in good condition with 15 to 20 inches of good ice with about two to three inches of snow on top as of Thursday. As of Thursday, February 23, the edges were a bit soft making it difficult to get a wheeled vehicle onto the ice. However, with temperatures expected to be below freezing all weekend, chances are they will harden and anglers should be able to drive ATV’s onto the ice. Fishing has been slow with the unsettled weather, but with good weather and a new moon coming up it should improve. Rainbow PowerBait with garlic scent has been working as has worms and jigging with jigs or spinners. Look for water depths of four to ten feet and fish about three feet below the bottom of the ice using a jig tipped with a worm or some PowerBait. The sledding hill and the ice skating rink are up and running. The campground is open.
Extremely low water levels with warm water make this reservoir a poor choice for fishing. Not worth the trip.
The road was very muddy though with the colder temperatures is probably frozen in the morning. Expect afternoons to soften the road and 4WD will probably be required. No recent report of ice conditions here, but this lake is generally not far behind South Fork for losing safe ice so there should be some open water and unsafe ice.