Eastern Nevada Fishing Report

Eastern-Region-Fishing-Report

Updated:2017-10-06

Additional Notes

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The 50 degree weather we are now experiencing should stabilize the water temperatures a bit, though with the cold nights they will probably slowly decrease until the next cold spell.  High elevation lakes in the Ruby’s and East Humboldt’s have started to ice up and it won’t be long before most of them are completely iced over..

With the weather forecast to be in the low 50’s, light winds and mostly sunny skies, this should be a great weekend to get out and fish.  And with the cooler water temperatures, fish are moving into the shallows looking for both food and warmer water. 

This means that shore anglers should continue to catch as many fish as boaters.  Don’t be afraid to shorten your cast as many large fish are being caught in four to six feet of water, especially in low light conditions.

NDOW will be holding free fly tying classes starting this Wednesday, November 15, at 6:00 pm.  They will be held at the NDOW office at 60 Youth Center Road.  This is a progressive fly tying class that will take place every Wednesday night except during holiday weeks until mid-March.  The class will end with an introductory fly fishing class in the spring.   

There are some fly tying kits available for loan on a first come first served basis.  Supplies for the class are free and provided by NDOW.  For more information or to reserve a space in the class, call 777-2305 or email to jdoucette@ndow.org.

There are some fly tying kits available for loan on a first come first served basis.  Supplies for the class are free and provided by NDOW.  For more information or to reserve a space in the class, call 777-2305 or email to jdoucette@ndow.org.

 

ANGEL LAKE

Fishing continues to be good with the trout trying to fatten up for the long winter under the ice. The fall has some of the best fishing at Angel Lake, especially for fly fishermen, though there may be some skim ice on the water in the morning. Dress in layers here as the lake is at 8400 feet of elevation with cold mornings and warm sunny afternoons.  Bait anglers have seen fishing slow as trout are keying on aquatic insects.  Fly rodders have had success using small elk hair caddis, hopper or yellow stimulator with an olive or peacock soft hackle dropper below, though any dropper fly with green or peacock herl will work.  Small spinners and rooster tails should also be effective, just give them enough time to sink to the level the fish are at. Spin anglers can put a fly behind a bobber for casting and have better luck that way.   

 

CAVE LAKE

No change here as fishing at Cave Lake continues to be productive.  Anglers are catching summer carryover trout and fall stocked trout.  Most fish being caught are 10 inches to 12 inches with the occasional 14+ inch rainbow.  Water temperatures are in the low 50s. PowerBait, nightcrawlers, mealworms, Mepps, and Panther Martins should do well on Cave Lake.  For fly rodders: hare’s ears, pheasant tail nymphs, prince nymphs, small crystal buggers and Cave Lake specials are all good flies.    

 

 

COLD CREEK RESERVOIR

Water temperaturess are sitting in the 40’s.  Anglers will do well on night crawlers, Mepps, Panther Martins and Kast Masters for trout.  Bass fishing is very slow. Trout fishing has been good using common nymph and emerger patterns as well as buggers. On warm sunny afternoons, small dries such as Griffith’s gnats, elk hair caddis and mosquito patterns are worth a try.

 

 

COMINS LAKE

Fishing has been very good for trout  but bass fishing is slow.  Anglers have been catching trout on a little bit of everything including, Powerbait, nightcrawlers, Panther Martins, Mepps, and Cast Masters.  Flyfishers can use a variety of nymphs including scuds, chironomids, zebra midges, pheasant tails.  Wooly buggers should also be on the menu.  Anglers can expect to catch 12+ inch trout with some trout being over 19 inches.  Please return any black bass back to the lake while the bass fishery rebuilds.

 

 

ILLIPAH

Surface water temps are currently setting around the 40’s.  Fishing has been fair to good as anglers have been catching mostly rainbow trout.  The brown trout spawn is mostly over, but the best fishing for browns would be first thing in the morning or late in the evening. Anglers should continue to do well using Powerbait, nightcrawlers, Panther Martins, Cast Masters, and Mepps.  Fly fishermen should be using wooly or crystal buggers, chironomid patterns, copper Johns and blood midges.

 

JAKE'S / BOIES RESERVOIR

The weeds are dying off and shore fishing is improving.  Trout fishing is picking up while bass fishing is slowing down due to cooler water temperatures.  Dark soft plastics in blue or black with sparkles were working for bass. Worms and PowerBait are popular here as are black or olive woolly buggers, prince nymphs, PT’s, leech patterns, scuds and hares ears.  Fish the edges of the dying weeds with scuds or leech patterns.   

 

JIGGS / ZUNINO RESERVOIR

Fishing from shore continues to improve and anglers are catching 12 to 14 inch fish with a few 19 to 20 inch fish thrown in for good measure.  Worms fished below a bobber or PowerBait suspended off of the bottom should produce fish, though PowerBait has been doing better than worms from most reports.  Black and gold or green and gold spinners and rooster tails should also be effective, while fly rodders should be using leeches, blood midges, snail patterns, small nymphs and wooly buggers.  Please return any black bass or blue gill back to the lake to help with rebuilding the warm water fishery here. Jiggs was recently stocked with approximately 2,000 trout.

 

 

MOUNTAIN STREAMS

Most area streams are near normal for flows for this time of year with little change from last week.  Lamoille Creek is flowing at 4 cfs, Bruneau River at 30 cfs, Jarbidge at 7 cfs and the east fork of the Owyhee near Mountain City is flowing at approximately 18 cfs.  The Owyhee is very low and fish are hanging in the pools. East central Nevada streams: Cleve Creek is flowing at 6 cfs and Steptoe at 4 cfs,  Even though the spawn is pretty much over, this is still a good time of year to target brook and brown trout as they are very active as many are in spawning mode and very colorful.  Dead drifting worms on a light wire hook through the pools and runs can be productive.  Very small panther martins and rooster tails in the pools will also work. Fly rodders can still expect dry flies to work, starting with small stimulators and elk hair caddis.  Terrestrials such as hoppers, beetles and ants will also produce fish. Swinging soft hackle nymphs in the runs or at the bottom and tops of pools can be very productive.  

 

HIGH ALPINE LAKES

Anglers will need to prepare to get to the lakes through snow and travel to the high mountain lakes is recommended for experienced back country hikers only. Lakes are starting to ice over  and it won’t be long before they are completely iced over and some of them don’t have much open water to fish. The same presentations and techniques that work at Angel all work well up here.  Remember the further you get from the trailhead, there is less fishing pressure therefore the better the fishing is.  Many local fly fishermen like flies with yellow or red in them such as small humpies or stimulators.  However, take a supply of small black flies such as black Adams, beetles, ants, chironomids and Griffith’s gnats.  When nothing else seems to work, turn to the small black flies.  Expect changing weather conditions in the high elevations and dress accordingly. Be prepared to spend the night.

 

RUBY LAKE NWR

Bass fishing has slowed considerably due to the cooler temperatures with surface water temperatures here in the low 40’s.  Best fishing for bass is late afternoon when the water temperatures are at their warmest, though it is very slow.  Fishing in the ditch for trout has been good for trout, though most of the ditch has low clear water with weeds.   Fly rodders should try the usual assortment of nymphs under an indicator as well as wooly, seal and crystal buggers. Scuds, midges, pale morning duns, small blue winged olives and damselfly nymphs are all worth a try.  Of course the usual small hares ears, PT’s, copper Johns and buggers are all staples in the ditch.  Fish are even taking a few hoppers and stimulators on the surface.  The trick seems to be to give the dry flies a small twitch every so often.   Spin fishermen should try small minnow imitators and gold spinners.  The collection ditch is artificial lures only and no wading is allowed. 

 

 

SOUTH FORK RESERVOIR

Surface water temperatures range from the high 40’s to mid 50’s, depending upon where on the lake you are and time of day.  There is still a lot of algae in the lake which appears to be affecting fishing.  Fishing has improved from slow to fair.  Anglers report catching some fish on the southeast side of the lake in eight to 10 feet of water from float tubes using olive or peacock bead head crystal buggers.  The trout being caught are averaging between 14 and 18 inches with an occasional 20 incher. Other flies to try include hares ears, scuds, copper Johns, prince nymphs, damsel nymphs, blood midges and of course wooly, crystal and seal buggers.  Bass fishing is also slowing down, but what it lacks in numbers it makes up for in size as large bass are on the prowl fattening up for winter.  Bass anglers should be targeting south facing shorelines where the sun will have the most exposure heating up the water.  South Fork was stocked last week with approximately 30,000 trout bringing this year’s total to over 96,000 fish.

 

 

WILDHORSE RESERVOIR

Very little change here with good water quality, levels and fishing. Surface water temperatures are in the low 40’s. Fishing has been good with shore anglers reporting limits of chunky trout in the Hendrick’s Arm on both sides of the highway and all the way to the canyon that leads to the dam.   Fish are averaging 14 to 18 inches with the occasional fish between 20 and 24 inches.  Penrod arm is also fishing well as is the area on the west side of the lake near the hot springs.  Boaters are also doing well, though no report on how the canyon by the dam is fishing.  Minnow imitators with black or blue over white or silver should work as well as fire tiger patterns.  Fishing Bait fishermen should use the usual worms or PowerBait for trout.  While most fly rodders report good luck with leeches, especially when fished under an indicator (bobber), they also should be trying the standard fall reservoir patterns: scuds, damselfly nymphs, and blood midges.  Chironomid patterns should also be near the top of the list for flies. Fall stocking wrapped up a couple of weeks ago bringing this year’s total to almost 186,000 fish stocked in Wildhorse Reservoir!

 

 

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR

The road is rough so care should be taken driving here and water levels are dropping quickly as there is a problem with the outflow structure.  No recent report on crappie fishing.

 

WILSON RESERVOIR

The water is clear with the lake about 50% of capacity and trout are moving into shallower water near the boat ramp or along the north shore near the cabin.   The usual PowerBait or worms work well.  Gold, green and yellow, or black and yellow spinners are still working.  Fly fishermen should be using chironomids, mayfly nymphs and emergers, or black crystal buggers for best results. Expect bass numbers to go down with the cooler temperatures. Wilson was stocked with approximately 45,000 fish this year.