Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
Good shore access here, though a
float tube gives anglers better mobility and access to some of the better
fishing spots. 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
No change here. Fishing has been good for 10 to 12 inch fish
using worms or cheese baits under a bobber. NDOW did put some surplus brood
stock in the lake, so occasionally anglers get the surprise of a 15 to 20 inch
fish! Small spinners in black and gold
or green and gold have been effective.
For fly rodders: hare’s ears, pheasant tail nymphs, prince nymphs, small
crystal buggers and Cave Lake specials are all good flies. Mayflies and
damselflies are also hatching, so fish these imitations.
No recent report, but expect it to
be fair for trout and fair to good for bass. While water temperatures are
dropping, there should still be some dry fly action on warm sunny afternoons,
though anglers will be having most of their success with nymphs and buggers. The
water level is still good with some of the willows in the water providing cover
for bass, so fish for bass near the willows.s.
Water quality at Comins is in good
shape and anglers are catching fish from both shore and boats, though boat and
float tube anglers are having better luck. The usual PowerBait and worms should
work, while small spinners and minnow imitations can be productive. Fly
fishermen should be using the usual assortment of nymph and chironomid patterns
as well as wooly buggers in black, olive or brown. Please return any black bass back to the lake
while the bass fishery rebuilds.
While the water level is low, the
lake isn’t losing any more water and the inflow appears to be keeping up with
evaporation. 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. As the temperatures drop, fishing should pick up here.
The shoreline is very weedy and
shore anglers are finding it difficult to catch fish from shore. Trout fishing has been fair, while bass
fishing has been good. However, right at dusk, the trout bite seems to turn
on. Bass fishing is also good, especially in the
evenings with anglers reporting a large number of 6 to 8 inch fish with keeper
bass being caught about every fifth fish.
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 and hares ears.
Shore fishermen don’t appear to be
faring as well as boaters or float tube anglers as the edges are getting weedy
and the fish are hanging in the deeper cooler water in the middle of the
reservoir. This should start changing next week with the cooler weather. Remember this is a wakeless water so go slow
if you are in a boat with a motor. It is
difficult to launch much more than a small rowboat or car topper due to water
and shore conditions. Small spinners,
PowerBait or worms should all work.
While fly rodders should be using hares ears, 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.
Area streams are at or near normal
flows which is fairly low for this time of year. Lamoille Creek is flowing a
bit below normal at 6 cfs as of this past Thursday. Streams in northern Elko
County are flowing above normal with the Bruneau at 17 cfs and the West Fork of
the Jarbidge at almost 8 cfs and they are fishing well. The East Fork of the
Owyhee flows have dropped by 50% since last week at 30 cfs near Mountain City. Creeks in central Nevada are flowing at
normal or slightly below normal flows for this time of year and many such as
Steptoe, Cleve and Ward Creeks are fishable. Fishing in Steptoe Creek has been
fair to good. Fishing is still fair to good at Cleve Creek which is flowing
about 6 cfs. Steptoe Creek is flowing at a normal 5 cfs and
fishing has been fair to good here as well.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
Fishing is good to excellent at the
higher elevations as trout take advantage of the short growing season. 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. All of the lakes are accessible. Many local fly fishermen like flies with
yellow or red in them. 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.
We are just past peak time for bass
fishing at the Refuge and bass fishing for keeper sized bass has been good
though expect it to slow a bit with next week’s cooler temperatures. Dark plastic four to six inch grubs with
sparkles in them seem to be the presentation of choice. Colors include blue,
dark red, dark green, purple and motor oil.
Fishing in the ditch for trout is fair to good for trout depending upon
the day, weather and angler. 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 adult damselflies are all worth a try.
Of course the usual small hares ears, PT’s, copper Johns and buggers are
all staples in the ditch. Spin fishermen should try small minnow imitators and
gold spinners. The collection ditch is
artificial lures only and no wading is allowed.
Surface temperatures are hovering
around 70 degrees, but will be dropping if next week’s weather forecast is
accurate. Fishing has been just fair here, but as the
water temperatures start to decline with the longer, cooler nights, expect
trout fishing to pick up. The trout being caught are averaging between 13 and 17
inches with an occasional 20 inch fish. Some
trout are being caught in the river above the reservoir using hopper patterns. Bass
fishing has been fair to good and some smallmouth and largemouth bass have
moved into the river above the causeway. There are special regulations in the
river including single barbless hooks, so make sure to read the fishing
proclamation for this water before fishing here. With the colder weather next week, fly rodders
should start changing tactics. As the
weed beds start to die off, fish leech and scud patterns off of the edges of
the weed beds. Other flies to try
include hares ears, pheasant tail nymphs (PT’s), copper Johns, prince nymphs
and of course wooly, crystal and seal buggers. There is road construction south of the state
park headquarters so those wanting to access the west side of the lake will
need to go in through Twin Bridges.
Expect this to continue into October.
Surface water temperatures are in
the high 60’s and with overnight lows dropping into the 30’s and even high 20’s
expect the surface temperatures to flirt with the high 50’s to low 60’s. While the lake has lots of algae expect it to
die off with the colder temperatures. Fishing
has been mostly fair, but expect it to pick up as the water temperatures
drop. Shore fishing should start picking
up here. Bait fishermen should use the
usual worms or PowerBait for trout. Fly
rodders should be trying hares ears, PT’s, prince nymphs, copper Johns and of
course wooly buggers. The campground and fish cleaning station are open and on
a first come first served basis.
Crappie fishing is starting to slow
down though anglers are still catching keeper sized fish (10 to 12 inches). The road is rough so care should be taken
driving here. Anglers report catching crappie in the rocks and have been
successful fishing a small white plastic grub underneath a bobber. Crappie like
structure, so fish near submerged brush, willows and rocks.
Wilson has the best water quality
of the larger reservoirs in eastern Nevada with little algae growth though the
water temperature was still around 70 degrees this week. Expect that to drop with the cooler weather. 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. Lots of small bass are being caught, but not
a lot of keeper sized fish. Expect bass numbers to go down with the cooler