Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
While I haven’t been able to do a
fishing report since mid-March, NDOW has been stocking waters all around the
state for anglers to catch and enjoy. To
see where, when and how many fish have been stocked in what waters, go to www.ndow.org/Fish/Stocking_Updates.
Year to date in
2020, NDOW has stocked more than 146,000 trout in the Eastern Region which
includes Elko, Eureka, Lander and White Pine Counties. More than 55,000 fish have been stocked in
South Fork Reservoir and more than 30,000 fish have been stocked in Wildhorse.
Fishing is a great
family activity that lets you social distance while getting out of the house
and enjoying some much needed exercise and fresh air.
Next Saturday, June 13
is Free Fishing Day. This is the one day
of the year that anglers may fish without a license, though all regulations and
limits apply. If you fish only once in a
while this is a great chance to get out and fish without buying a fishing
license. Who knows, you may like it
enough to go more often!
Lorenzo Coria at South Fork Reservoir
The road to Angel Lake is open and
the lake is ice free. The lake is about
as full as it can get and is spilling into the creek. There
are some large snowdrifts on the backside of the lake. Some minor fish loss due to winterkill, but
many trout were seen cruising along the dam and in the mouth of the creek. The usual worms under a bobber or fished off
the bottom with a slip sinker should work as should small spinners and rooster
tails. Flies to try include flashback PT
nymphs, small black or olive wooly or crystal buggers, olive and peacock soft
hackles, hares ears and small leech patterns.
Fishing at Cave Lake has been good
but the water level is low from a drawdown due to concerns with the dam. The usual small nymphs and crystal buggers
are working for trout, with beadhead pheasant tail nymphs being very
effective. The float tube launching area
is closed and anglers should fish at the north end of the lake near the dam and
main boat launch area. Other areas are muddy
with very soft deep mud along the shorelines.
Fishing here is fair to good for 10
to 12-inch trout and fair for bass. The lake was stocked in late April with
2,000 rainbow trout. The usual worms, PowerBait, small spinners and
flies should all work.
Comins Lake is fishing well with a
full lake and surface water temperatures starting to climb into the low 60’s. Anglers are catching trout averaging 16 to 20
inches on a variety of tackle. Panther
Martins, spoons, PowerBait, salmon eggs, and night crawlers should all do well
for the majority of bait fisherman. Fly
fisherman should use wooly buggers, leech patterns, and nymphs patterns
(midges, beaded pheasant tails…etc.).
Bass fishing is slow but should start to pick up with warming water. Comins has been stocked with approximately
8400 trout this spring. If you catch a
pike, please check to see if it has a radio transmitter tag near the tail. If it does, please return the fish to the
water so that NDOW biologists can track its movements. If it doesn’t have the transmitter tag,
please humanely dispatch the fish. Don’t
put it back in the lake.
The reservoir is full and fishing
has been fair to good. The usual
springtime flies of wooly buggers, prince nymphs, hares ears and chironomid
patterns should all work. Small
spinners, PowerBait and worms should be effective as well. Illipah was stocked with 7500 trout on May 1.
Trout fishing is fair to good and bass
fishing is slow to fair. No reports on
any catfish being caught. The usual PowerBait and worms as well as small
spinners are working for trout. Fly
rodders should be using chironomids, hares ears, PT nymphs, copper Johns, and
black or olive wooly buggers.
Jiggs has been stocked with about
3000 catchable trout this spring and the fishing has been good for both trout
and bluegill with an occasional bass thrown in for good measure. Anglers have been catching keeper sized
bluegill with a small bit of worm on a red hook suspended about 18 inches below
the bobber. The same presentations as at
South Fork should work well here for trout. Trout fishing has been fair to good. Bait anglers are doing best with worms under
a bobber for bluegill and garlic flavored red or pink PowerEggs fished off the
bottom using a slip sinker.
With the light winter, stream flows
in almost all areas of the region are below normal and many are fishable though
a few like the Jarbidge and the Bruneau aren’t.
The East Fork of the Owyhee below Wildhorse Reservoir has been fishing
well for reservoir sized fish that had gone over the spillway earlier this
spring. To get to the Bruneau or the
Jarbidge, you may need to drive into Idaho first. As of June 4, the east fork
of the Owyhee was flowing at 189 cubic feet/second (cfs), the Bruneau River was
flowing at 188 cubic feet/second cfs, the Jarbidge at 181 cfs, Salmon Falls
Creek at 263 cfs, Lamoille Creek at 131 cfs, the South Fork of the Humboldt approximately
100 cfs, Cleve Creek at 9 cfs and Steptoe Creek at 4 cfs. Steptoe Creek was stocked with 1000 rainbow trout
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
Most of the high mountain lakes are still inaccessible due to snow ice though they are starting to open up depending upon exposure. Still snow on many of the trails once you get above 8,000 feet and the higher elevation lakes should still have some ice on them.
Fishing is fair to good at the
collection ditch for 13 to 18-inch trout with the occasional large trout being
taken. Fishing seems to improve on rainy or windy days. 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. Unit 21
is also producing some bass using olive soft plastic grubs or olive wooly
buggers. The water temperature here is
in the mid to high-50’s. While boats aren’t allowed on the South Marsh until
June 15, float tubes are. Fishing should
be good for bass from a float tube as you head down the main channel.
Fishing is also full and fishing
for both trout and bass has been good.
Surface water temperatures are starting to move into the low to mid 60’s
which will also help the bass bite. This
spring SF has been stocked with more than 55,000 trout. Fly fishermen fishing
chironomids (midge larvae) or balanced leeches under an indicator are having
the best luck. Most of the trout being
caught from shore 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. Boaters were finding
fish on the graph on the west side of the lake between the dam, Jet Ski Beach
and Fisherman’s Point. Catfish are
starting to become active and anglers may want to try raw shrimp fished in low
light conditions or at night. Fishing
below the dam in the river has been fair. No black bass may be kept until July 1. The
state park campground is open at 50% of capacity. Please don’t use the sites marked with
Wildhorse is full, the water
quality is good as is the fishing.
Surface water temperatures are in the high 50’s to low 60’s. Depending upon the day and the weather,
fishing ranges from good to very good, both from shore and from boats. The usual PowerBait and worms for bait
anglers have been working for trout. For
fly fishermen midge larva and emerger patterns as well as hares ears, and PT
nymphs are good patterns to use. Black
or olive wooly buggers were taking fish as well, though black is better as
trout are eating black leeches. Balanced
leeches under a strike indicator have also been good. The water is pretty clear
for this time of year and most anglers are fishing Penrod and Hendricks Arms as
well as the beach in front of the State Park.
Many fish are being caught from shore so be careful not to cast too far
out and go past the fish. Perch fishing
has been good using small brightly colored jigs tipped with a piece of
worm. With the lake spilling earlier
this spring, fishing below the dam has been good for reservoir sized fish. No black bass may be kept until July 1. The
campground is open and is on a first come first served basis. As of last
weekend, the state park was allowing camping at 50% of capacity. While there was talk of the tribal land being
open, it hadn’t opened by Sunday that we are aware of.
While the dam is fixed and the water
level is fine, the crappie planted here are still not totally recovered and of
catchable size yet. It will probably be
ready for crappie fishing late fall or next spring. There are holdover catfish that were planted
last summer that should be of catchable size.
At last report the lake was spilling but not
very heavily. Fishing is good for 12 to
15-inch fish that are in good shape. The same presentations, flies, baits and
lures as used at South Fork, should also work well here. Fishing below the spillway has been good
though is slowing down. This lake will
be stocked once it stops spilling.