Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
haven’t had much of a winter in northeastern Nevada, both in temperature and in
precipitation. When looking at the USGS
SNOTEL sites area drainages on Thursday, January 18, 2018, are averaging around
70% of the long term average for the area.
This is not good news for anglers for the upcoming summer if the trend
A little bit of good news as we are
scheduled for unsettled weather over the next 10 days to two weeks which will
hopefully add some moisture to the snowpack.
The only other good news is that area reservoirs are mostly at capacity
after the last two wet winters.
Ice conditions are well below normal
as well for this time of year. While
Wildhorse continues to have safe ice, averaging about eight inches, South Fork
is more open water than ice. Again, a
bit of a bright spot is that temperatures are expected to fall which should
help Wildhorse build some ice, but it may be too little too late for South
The lake is ice covered and the
road to Angel Lake is closed. There will
be no more fishing reports until late next spring or early summer depending
upon winter conditions.
There is approximately four inches
of ice here, so drill some test holes before venturing too far from shore. Expect open water at the inlet end. The ice should start improving with the
forecast colder temperatures and there will be a determination this weekend as
to whether next weekend’s Rotary Club Ice Fishing Derby will be held. That being said, fishing should be fair to
good for 10 to 12 inch trout using worms or PowerBait.
The north lake has unsafe ice with
some open water. The south lake has
around three to four and a half inches of ice with some open water at the
extreme south end. Drill test holes
before venturing too far onto the lake.
Expect the south lake ice to stabilize with the projected colder
temperatures of the next week.
Expect four to five inches of ice,
with some water around the edges due to the lake coming up a bit and the warmer
than average temperatures. No recent
reports from anglers.
At last report Jakes Creek is
covered with five inches of good hard clear ice. The ice is extremely slick, so
take care walking on it. There were no
signs of anyone fishing the lake so we have no report on fishing conditions.
What ice is here should also be
considered unsafe with some open water for shore fishing, though with the
projected cooler temps that may disappear.
There is an aerator to cut down on winter mortality and due to the
aerator, don’t expect safe ice here at all, even if the temperatures fall. Anglers should use the same presentations as
at South Fork.
Streambanks are very slick with ice
and snow. Fishing has been slow in most
streams. Fish are lethargic due to the
colder temps and presentations must be slowed down. Travel to both Jarbidge and
the Bruneau is now through Idaho.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
Most of the lakes are iced up and travel
is not recommended. There will be no
further fishing reports on the high mountain lakes until next spring or early
summer depending upon the winter.
With the warm temperatures there is
no ice here and fishing has been good depending upon the day and location. Small spinners and minnow imitations were
producing some fish for spin fishermen, but fly rodders were doing better. Fly rodders should be using hare’s ears,
pheasant tails, prince nymphs, midge patterns, eggs and egg sucking leeches.
Best places to fish appear to be where the current is strongest. The fish are moving, so if you don’t have
much luck in one area, pack up and hit another. As of Thursday, January 18,
2018, Harrison Pass was open with little or no snow on it. However, snow was forecast for Friday, so
depending on how much snow falls, will depend on driving conditions over the
As of Thursday, January 18, the South
Fork had more open water than it did ice.
Fishing has been just fair, but those fish being caught ranged from 18
to 22 inches! What little ice there is should be avoided at all costs. Best fishing appears to be along Jet Ski
Beach with shore anglers having some success with PowerBait or worms, while fly
rodders should be using chironomids, hares ears, prince nymphs and buggers.
As of Thursday, January 18,
Wildhorse had approximately eight inches of good ice with no snow on top making
it very slippery and difficult walking.
Anglers should plan on wearing some traction devices on their boots to
keep from falling. With no snow and warm daytime temperatures, the ice is very
noisy, booming and cracking, which has probably affected fishing which has been
just fair. There are still some major pressure ridges on
the lake that contain areas of unsafe ice.
Please stay away from them. The
Hendricks Arm is still the best fishing, though fish are being caught in Penrod,
near Goose Island and off of the state park.
As a general rule, anglers should find trout in six to 10 feet of water
this time of year, so you don’t need to head to the middle. Depending upon the
day, trout fishing has ranged from slow to good in eight to ten feet of water
fishing halfway down in the water column.
For the most part, the fish are averaging 15 to 20 inches in length. Garlic flavored PowerBait or PowerEggs have
been working well. Hopefully the predicted snow for Friday,
January 19 fell making it safer walking.
The snow should also “calm” the ice down so it doesn’t boom and
pop. This may help fishing as well.
Due to a damaged outflow structure,
the lake has completely drained.
No recent report, but chances are
there is unsafe ice here and the road at last report was 4WD only due to
mud. With the predicted storm moving
through expect road conditions to stay the same.