Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
It’s spring and the weather is nice
so it is yard sale season! That also
means that people are buying used boats at these yard sales and trying to
register them without the right documentation.
If the seller can’t give you a title, don’t buy the boat!
Unfortunately, this is very common in
the spring and the common theme seems to be a boat that was registered in
another state or was part of an estate and has gone through one or more owners
since the last time it was registered, and the title is missing.
Without the title, the last owner who
had the legal title to the boat has to apply for a new title and then transfer
it to the new owner. With the legal
owner possibly being several ownerships removed from the current owner, and
possibly in another state, this can be a very difficult, if not impossible,
A couple of times it has turned out
that the last legal owner is deceased and then the next of kin has to be
located and it gets even stickier dealing with estates. Occasionally boats come into NDOW to be
registered by a new owner and still have a lien on it with a previous owner.
So, the moral of the story is: If you appear to be getting a smokin’ deal on
a boat and the person you are purchasing it from doesn’t have the title,
chances are it will be a headache to get it registered. Buyer beware!
Emma Windous of Sage Elementary School in Spring Creek receives a fishing rod and certificate from Conservation Educator Julie Gabrielson. Emma took second place in the Free Fishing Day poster contest for the state of Nevada as part of Nevada's Trout in the Classroom educational program. Her poster will be seen in the 2020 Nevada Fishing Guide.
The road to Angel Lake is closed. With the snow conditions of this winter, it
probably won’t be open until Memorial Day weekend at the earliest.
Cave Lake has unsafe ice conditions
and anglers are warned to stay off.
There is some open water at the inlet end of the lake for fishing and
the ice should be coming off soon.
The lake is ice free and fishing
has been fair. The lake was recently stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout averaging
11 inches. The usual worms, PowerBait, small spinners and
flies should all work. Expect muddy
road conditions to get here.
Comins Lake is ice free and angler
contacts have shown that 16 to 20 inches rainbow trout are being caught at
Comins Lake on a variety tackle including; flies, spinners, and worms.
The reservoir continues to rebound
from irrigation and summer evaporation and is sitting at approximately 60% of
capacity. The lake is more than 50% ice
covered, but the ice is coming off fast. The roads around the reservoir are very muddy
due to snow melt, so any anglers attempting to access the reservoir should be
mindful of these conditions and stay on the gravel.
Jake Creek is ice free and fishing
is fair though it should pick up when the water warms into the mid 40’s over
the next few weeks.
Jiggs is now ice free and there has
been a winter kill observed here with dead bass and bluegill seen floating in
the water. Hopefully it was a small one.
NDOW will be performing a fish survey here over the next couple of
weeks, when shore conditions improve enough to launch a boat, in order to try
to determine the extent of fish mortality. The lake will be stocked with trout
sometime over the next few weeks when the shoreline dries out enough for the
stocking truck. With the precipitation
in the forecast though it may be longer before the heavy fish truck and get in
and dump a load of fish. The shoreline
is very muddy and anglers are being asked to keep their vehicles on the roads.
Expect to find very snowy and muddy
conditions along the shorelines so take care when walking the streams. Getting
to many of our local streams will be difficult due to the muddy/snowy
conditions so expect 4WD travel and take precautions. Due to the snow melt from warmer conditions
anglers can expect turbid conditions and heavy flows especially on warmer
afternoons. Fish will be moving very
slow due to cold water temperatures so slow down the presentations. Expect
fishing to be slow in the streams.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
High mountain lakes should all be
frozen over and there won’t be a fishing report here until late next spring or
early summer depending upon the winter.
Very little change here as the
collection ditch is ice free with the warmer temperatures. Fishing continues to
be good at the collection ditch for 13 to 18 inch trout with the occasional
large trout being taken. Small brightly
colored spinners were doing well. Wet
flies have been performing better than the dries right now. These include the usual small nymphs such as
PT’s, hares ears, olive soft hackles, BWO emergers, red or blue copper Johns
and prince nymphs as well as egg patterns in orange or pink. Wooly and crystal buggers in black, purple or
olive are also working. In the crystal
clear water of the collection ditch, if you can see the fish, they can see
you. Go low, slow and wear drab
clothing. Most of the dredging is completed, though there are a few wide spots
that need to be done. Dredging the ditch
is almost complete except for a small portion near Brown Dike which should take
place sometime in the next few weeks.
Fish upstream of the dredging for best results. Harrison Pass is still closed so you need to
go through Secret Pass to get there.
No change here as South Fork is
completely ice free and fishing has been fair, though occasionally anglers
report catching a limit of fish. When anglers do report catching trout, they
are averaging 16 to 18 inches with an occasional fish over 20 inches. Fly
fishermen fishing chironomids (midge larvae) are having the best luck. Most of the trout being caught have been in
the backs of coves, along Jet Ski Beach and Coyote Cove and by the dam. Fishing small PT’s, hares ears or chironomid
emergers just under the surface has worked.
Blood midges fished just off the bottom are also worth a try. Red copper Johns have been working near the
dam for fish averaging 18 to 20 inches over the past week. Water flows coming into the lake are turbid
and causing muddy water at the south/inlet end of the lake. If you can find water where it changes from
muddy to clear fairly quickly, fishing the edges can be productive. Water temperatures are in the high 30’s to
low 40’s and fishing will probably continue to be slow to fair until it gets
into the mid to high 40’s.
Wildhorse is still about 50% covered
with ice, as of Thursday, April 18, and the shorelines are very muddy. With the
warmer temperatures expect the lake to be completely ice free soon. Fishing had been good through the ice and
expect it to continue this spring. The
usual PowerBait and worms for bait anglers and for fly fishermen this is
chironomid season, so midge larva and emerger patterns as well as hares ears,
PT nymphs and wooly buggers. The lake is very close to spilling and this should
be a good year for fishing.
The reservoir is full! NDOW plans on planting the reservoir with
crappie later in the spring when conditions improve.
The road is rutted and on rainy or
snowy days is 4WD. The lake is ice free and fishing is good for
13 to 16 inch fish that are in good shape.
The lake isn’t spilling yet.
Expect it to spill sometime in May.