Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
couple of weeks ago we discussed the gear needed for ice fishing but didn’t
discuss techniques. Ice fishing has been
good at for trout at Comins Lake in Ely and for perch and trout at Wildhorse
Reservoir in northern Elko County.
There are a number of techniques for
ice fishing for trout and they are pretty straight forward. The easiest is the same as bait fishing for
trout, with hook, some bait (worm or cheese type bait) and a bobber.
When fishing for trout through the ice, they will often be
in water between six and 12 feet deep and generally somewhere in the middle of
the water column. Set the bobber so that
the bait is suspended about four feet under the ice and wait for a bite. If there are no takers after about a half
hour, drop the bait down about a foot and try again. Continue this until you find the depth they
Another popular method is jigging for trout. Take your favorite trout spinner, spoon or a
soft plastic grub, and tip it with a small piece of worm. Again, start fishing about four feet below
the ice only no bobber this time. Lift
your rod up every 10 to 30 seconds and let your presentation settle back
down. Often the strike comes on the
downfall so be ready.
Target perch in 25 to 35 feet of water and get your
presentation right on the bottom. For
the best chance at catching a fish, the bait needs to be within a foot of the
bottom. Again, using a very small jig,
tip with a piece of worm or mealworm, lift the rod up every minute or two and
let the presentation settle back to the bottom.
Perch bites are very subtle, so you will need either a
lighter rod or add a spring to the tip of the rod that will show when the fish
are biting. Give the perch a chance to
get the bait in their small mouths, so don’t always try to set the hook the
second the rod moves. If you miss the
bite, don’t pull your line in to see if you have any bait left right away, let
it settle down to see if the fish will come right back and try again.
Perch travel in schools so once you find them, they often
provide good action for a while, so make sure to take the kids along. Perch fishing is great fun for the whole
these steps and when it’s time to hit the water next spring, your boat will be
ready to go.
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 closed as the
water level has been lowered due to safety issues with the dam and in
preparation for work on the dam next summer.
Ice here is averaging about eight
inches with thicker ice is at the south end and some anglers have been catching
nice trout through the ice. Anglers also report catching eight to 10-inch bass
through the ice as well. Fishing has been good for 14 to 18-inch trout using
jigs tipped with a worm.
No recent report on ice condition,
but expect six to eight inches of ice here, though make sure to drill a test
hole before venturing upon it. Fishing
is generally good for 12 to 16-inch trout through the ice using black or dark
colored jigs tipped with a piece of worm.
Jakes Creek is still covered with
approximately eight inches of ice but no fishing report. Generally fishing through the ice is good for
10 to 14-inch trout using a jig tipped with a worm.
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 the streams. Snow and ice buildup along shorelines make walking
along streams treacherous. Nymphs and
small streamers should be working, though expect bites to be very subtle in the
cold weather. Many gauging stations are
inoperable due to ice. As of Thursday, January
9, the Bruneau station was iced over. The Jarbidge is flowing at 6 cfs. To get to
the Bruneau or the Jarbidge, you must come from the Idaho side of the state
line. The east fork of the Owyhee was flowing at 34
cfs, Salmon Falls Creek was at 70 cfs, Lamoille Creek at 4 cfs, South Fork of
the Humboldt at 31 cfs, Cleve Creek at 7 cfs and Steptoe Creek at 5 cfs.
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.
Water levels in the collection
ditch are low and clear and fishing for trout is fair to good depending upon
the day. Some parts of the ditch are
icing up especially the north end though there is plenty of open water for
fishing. Anglers report catching mostly 10 to 12 inch fish in many areas,
though a few very nice fish have been caught. 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 have worked as have streamers and spinners. 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.
Egg patterns should be working now.
There is six inches of ice at the main boat ramp. Harrison Pass is closed.
South Fork was about 80% covered in
unsafe ice on Wednesday, January 8, and the ice was gray and
porous, with little or no shore access to open water. While it is expected to
cool down, with its exposure and elevation, it may be a couple of weeks before
there is safe ice here. But who
knows? The way this winter is going, it
may never be safe.
As of Thursday, January 9, the ice
was between eight and eleven inches thick with four to six inches of snow on
top. A few slush pockets have been found
while walking on the ice, so make sure to have good boots. Anglers continue to catch perch in a number
of places, with the middle of the Hendricks Arm, the Penrod Arm, the beach off
of the State Park and the goose island area all producing a fair number of
perch. Trout fishing has also been good
for 14 to 18-inch fish in shallower water, though an occasional trout is caught
while perch fishing. If fishing for
perch find water that is 25 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. 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 4WD and there
has been no recent report on ice.
However, conditions here are often similar to South Fork, so expect