Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
This week I got to
participate in one of my favorite parts of the job. NDOW delivered “eyed trout eggs” to
classrooms all over Nevada. In eastern
Nevada, we delivered to 25 classrooms and spent two days driving from school to
school and interacting with students from third grade up to high school aged
was all part of a program called Trout In the Classroom or TIC for short. NDOW provides a ten gallon aquarium along
with an assortment of filters, equipment and a chiller to keep the water at a cool
temperature that will benefit the trout.
about two weeks, depending upon water temperature which the students control,
the eggs will hatch into alevin, which are the small fish with an egg sack
still attached to their body for nourishment.
A few weeks later the alevin absorb the egg sack and become fry.
students have the trout in their classroom for approximately six weeks, using
TIC to help in subjects ranging from math to science to English and art with
the program tied into state learning objectives. The project will culminate when the students
take the fry they have raised and release them into an approved local
The Annual Wild
Horse Trout Derby is scheduled for this weekend, February 15 and 16 at the Wild
Horse Resort. This annual event is very
popular due to the fact that 100% of the registration fees are paid back in
prize money. Each day is run as a separate tournament. But it is also a fundraiser for the Wildhorse
Estates to help them pay for road maintenance in their neighborhood. There are lots of great prizes they raffle
off on top of the prizes given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd
places. For more information, call the
Wild Horse Resort at 775-690-9830.
Angel Lake is completely frozen
over and the road is closed for the winter, so there will be no fishing reports
until late next spring or early next summer depending upon winter weather.
Access to the lake is now
permitted. There is around 5 inches of safe ice along the shore and 6 to 9
inches of ice in the middle. Fishing
pressure has been low so no report on how fishing has been. Expect fair to good fishing for 10 to12 inch
fish using PowerBait or worms on small jigs. Please follow the signs showing
the lake access for safety reasons.
CCR is mostly open water and much
of the reservoir open to shoreline fishing.
Any remaining ice should be considered unsafe and anglers are advised to
stay off the ice. Anglers should be able
to catch trout on a variety of tackle including spinners, wet flies,
nightcrawlers, and powerbait.
The lake is sitting at capacity and
spilling water into the North Valley of Steptoe Valley Wildlife Management
Area. The north end of the lake has an area of about 20 yards by 225 yards
along the western shore that is open water for shore fishing and anglers have
been catching fish there. Thee rest of
the ice at the north end of the lake should be considered unsafe. The south end of the lake still has some safe
ice though anglers should drill some test holes as they venture upon it. Anglers will do well on nightcrawlers,
mealworms, a variety of jigs, wet flies, and powerbait.
The reservoir remains at capacity and
ice is sitting at 6 to 10 inches throughout the lake. Some variation in ice depth may be present
were the creek comes into the lake and anglers should use caution when fishing
this area. With the warmer temperatures,
it is time to start drilling test holes as you venture upon the ice here as a
precaution. Anglers will do well on
nightcrawlers, mealworms, a variety of jigs, wet flies, and powerbait.
Jakes Creek is still covered with
approximately eight inches of ice. Fishing
has just been fair using PowerBait or worms.
This impoundment is covered in
unsafe ice with the aerators running to prevent a winter fish kill. There will be no fishing report until spring
when it becomes ice free.
With low flows and cold water, fishing
is slow on most streams. The trick is to
slow your presentation down. Snow and
ice buildup along shorelines make walking along streams treacherous. With the
projected precipitation for this weekend expect some higher flows and possibly
turbid water. Nymphs and small streamers should be working, though expect bites
to be very subtle in the cold weather. On warmer cloudy afternoons, blue wing
olive emerger and dry fly patterns may be worth a try. Many gauging stations
are inoperable due to ice. As of Thursday,
February 6, the Bruneau station was showing ice though two weeks ago it was at
44 cfs and should be similar now. The Owyhee
River is flowing at 29 cfs and the Jarbidge is at 7 cfs. To get to the Bruneau
or the Jarbidge, you must come from the Idaho side of the state line. Salmon
Falls Creek was flowing at 90 cfs, Lamoille Creek is iced over, South Fork of
the Humboldt at between 58 cfs, Cleve Creek
at 8 cfs and Steptoe Creek at 4 cfs. Big
Creek near Austin doesn’t have a gauging station, but fishing for brown trout
here has been fair to good.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
The high mountain lakes are iced
over and there will be no fishing reports on the high mountain lakes in the
Rubies or East Humboldt’s until late next spring or early next summer depending
upon winter weather.
The road in the valley is hard in
the morning but muddy in the afternoon on your way out and it was graded
earlier in the week. The collection
ditch is ice free. Water levels in the
collection ditch are low and clear and fishing for trout is fair to good depending
upon the day. Anglers report catching
mostly 10 to 14-inch fish in many areas, with a few 15 to 20 inchers thrown in
once in a while. Stormy, windy or cloudy
days seem to be the best. Anglers would do well to target areas where springs
flow into the ditch or around culverts that create some flow between the ditch
and the units. Very small dark flies
fished dry or just under the surface and egg patterns have worked as have
streamers and spinners. In other words, BWO (blue wing olive) emerger and dry
fly patterns, Griffith’s gnats and ants. Anglers should also plan to use the
usual small nymphs such as PT’s, hares ears, olive soft hackles, red or blue
copper Johns and prince nymphs in sizes from 14 to 18. Wooly and crystal
buggers in black, purple or olive are also working. Harrison Pass is closed.
The warm weather has ice receding
at South Fork and on Thursday, January 30, the lake was more than 50% open
water and the rest unsafe ice. Along the
northeast shoreline anglers can fish from shore as much of it is open water.
There has also been some open water (at least in the afternoons) along Jet Ski
Beach for shore fishing. Fly fishermen
have been catching trout using a variety of nymphs as well as stripping wooly
buggers. Egg patterns are also working especially in the northeast corner of
the lake by the dam. Spin anglers should be trying dark colored spinners or
minnow type imitations as well as worms or PowerBait. Rainbow colored garlic scented bait seems to
be working the best. Fishing in the
stream below the dam has also produced some fish though it has been slow to
As of Wednesday, February 12, ice
thickness ranged from ten to fifteen inches depending upon location on the lake
and if there was some slush that froze adding to the thickness of the ice. Most
of the slush has frozen with the cold winds and temperatures at night so
getting around was fairly easy. There is
a storm front moving in on Saturday, so depending upon whether it produces rain
or snow will determine whether there is slush or not. Both trout and perch
fishing have been good both in size and numbers. If fishing for perch find water that is 30
feet or more in depth and fish within a foot of the bottom with a brightly
colored jig tipped with a piece of worm or mealworm. Use an occasional jigging
motion to bring the fish in. When fishing for trout, try to find depths of
between six and 12 feet and start fishing about four feet below the ice and
start moving the presentation down in the water column a foot at a time if you
haven’t had any bites in about a half
hour. Most anglers have been
fishing Penrod and Hendricks Arms as well as the main body of water between
them. The northern and southern parts of
the lake have mostly been ignored, but should produce fish as well. Both perch and trout were being caught by a
small group of anglers by the old road bed at the southern end of the
lake. The State Park has groomed a very
nice ice skating rink right off of the boat ramp and there is enough snow for
sledding. The campground is open and on
a first come first served basis.
The road to Wilson is very rutted and the lake
is mostly covered in unsafe ice. The water level is rising and is causing a
small ring of water around the edges, but as of Tuesday, February 11, there
wasn’t really enough open water for fishing.