Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
highs are expected to continue to be in the 90’s for the weekend and high 80’s to
low 90’s all next week, which means that trout fishing on many of our lakes is
only fair with streaks of poor. What’s a
fishin’ bum to do? Go high young angler. Hit the alpine lakes in the East Humboldt’s
and the Ruby Mountains where projected highs this week anywhere from 70 to 80
depending upon the elevation.
While not for the faint of heart, these lakes
are underused and provide great fishing.
There are two lakes that are fairly accessible to the average person,
Lamoille Lake and Island Lake. While
they do get the most use, fishing can still be good. Lamoille Lake did
experience a bit of winter die-off, so Island Lake is probably your best
bet. With a little more effort, lakes
such as Liberty, Favre, Overland, Smith, Hidden and Robinson can be reached in a few
Anglers can use
natural bait, spoons, spinners and flies.
At several lakes this past week small black and gold or dark green and
gold spinners were working well as were the tried and true hopper, yellow
stimulators, Adams, ants, red or yellow humpies and Griffith’s gnats.
If you don’t own a
fly rod, use your spinning outfit with a clear bobber filled with a bit of
water and about 2 to 4 feet of line behind the bubble. You can use a fly with
this set up or for natural baits, use worms, grubs and especially grasshoppers
you can catch on the hike up. Put the
grasshoppers behind the bubble the same way you would a fly, just make sure to
use a light wire hook. Besides the
fishing, you will see some great views and stay cool.
Not able to hike
to the higher elevations, but want to visit an alpine lake? Then head for Angel Lake just outside of
Wells, about an hour’s drive from Elko.
This is one of the higher elevation lakes in the country that can be
reached by a paved road at approximately 8,400 feet. Fish it the same as you
would the other alpine lakes mentioned above.
The lake is good and fishing has
been fair to good. Worms or PowerBait
fished just off the bottom should work.
Flies to try include beetles, ants, black Adams, Griffith’s gnats,
yellow or red humpies, yellow or red stimulators and small crystal buggers. The lake has been stocked with approximately
5500 trout this summer.
Fishing for nine to 12-inch fish
has been fair to good at Cave Lake. Most
anglers are having luck with small worms, though PowerBait is also catching
fish. Fly rodders should be using small
olive or black bead head crystal buggers, small olive wooly worms, hares ears
and prince nymphs. If a hatch is seen, small
Adams, black ants, Griffith’s gnats, renegades and red or yellow humpies should
all work. Best time for trout is first thing in the morning and late in the
evening as the sun is setting.
Fishing here is fair to good for 10
to 12-inch trout and for small bass. The usual worms, PowerBait, small spinners
and flies should all work.
Trout fishing is slowing with the
warmer water temperatures as the fish head to the deeper water in the middle of
the lake making shore fishing slow. Bass
fishing is good using minnow imitations and soft plastic grubs. For trout, anglers should try Panther
Martins, spoons, PowerBait, salmon eggs, and night crawlers. Fly fisherman
should use wooly buggers, leech patterns, and nymphs patterns (midges, beaded
Trout fishing has been slow to fair,
though with surface water temperatures in the 70’s the fishing dies down around
8:00 am. The usual flies of wooly
buggers, prince nymphs, hares ears and chironomid patterns should all
work. When hatches are seen fly rodders
should try BWO’s, PMD’s, Adams, renegades, damselfly dries and terrestrials. Small
spinners, PowerBait and worms should be effective as well.
Very little change here as fishing continues
to be slow for trout and fair to good bass. 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. For bass dark soft plastic baits with sparkles
are working as are minnow type imitations.
Lots of weeds making it difficult to fish from shore. The best bet is
with a float tube or small cartopper boat.
Bass fishing is pretty good along the weed edges using soft plastic
grubs hooked weedless.
Bass fishing has been fair to good,
while trout fishing is slow to fair. Blue gill are being caught with a piece of
worm about three feet under a bobber from shore. Best tactic for fly fishermen seems to be
using a sink tip or full sink line with a brown or black leech pattern and
fishing the deeper water in the center of the lake by the dam from a float tube
or small boat. The same presentations as
at South Fork should also work well here.
Flows have subsided substantially
and many are near normal ranges. Hoppers
are out and yellow or red is the color.
Bait anglers should try small worms or a hopper on a light wire hook
dead drifted through pools, runs and riffles.
Fly rodders should be fishing dry flies including yellow Sally’s, elk
hair caddis, hoppers, ants, beetles, yellow or royal stimulators, red or yellow
humpies and just about anything in red or yellow. All of Lamoille Creek finally has fishable
flows and the fishing has been good for tiger trout in the upper half of the
canyon. Fishing the tailwaters below
both Wildhorse and South Fork dams has been good for reservoir sized fish. Fishing above South Fork in the state park is
slow for trout but fair for smallmouth bass.
As of August 30, the Bruneau River was flowing at 15 cubic feet/second
(cfs), the Jarbidge at 8 cfs, Salmon Falls Creek is at 19 cfs, Lamoille Creek at
a more normal 12 cfs, South Fork of the Humboldt at 17 cfs, Cleve Creek at 8 cfs and Steptoe Creek also at 8 cfs.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
High mountain lakes fishing is good.
The flies used at Angel Lake should all work at all the alpine lakes. Spin anglers should try small worms or pieces
of nightcrawler on a small hook fished below a clear bobber. Small spinners and even small plastic grubs
on a jig head should all work.
Bass fishing in the south marsh has
been good for numbers with anglers regularly catching 20 to 30 fish for a
morning or afternoon’s worth of effort. August is peak bass fishing here, so
take advantage of it before the weather starts to cool, which is forecast for
next week. There is approximately one
keeper bass (10 inches or larger) for about every six to eight fish. Unit 21 is still producing a few bass from
the dikes using olive soft plastic grubs or olive wooly buggers and spinners
though it is getting very weedy and difficult to fish. The water temperature
here is in the mid-70’s. Dark four to six-inch soft plastic grubs hooked
weedless are the best bet for bass. Good
colors include dark green, brown, purple or blue. Some anglers like a contrasting colored tail
such as chartreuse, yellow or white. If
you are new to the marsh, stay on the main channel where there are marker
poles. However, some of the marker poles
have fallen, so if you have a GPS, consider taking it and using the tracker
feature so that you can follow your path back to the boat ramp. Fishing the collection ditch for trout is
fair to good depending upon the day.
Small dark flies fished dry or just under the surface have worked as
have streamers and spinners. Mayfly
nymphs, emergers and dries should work.
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. Wooly and
crystal buggers in black, purple or olive are also working. Damselfly dries
have also produced fish both in the ditch and the south marsh.
Very little change here with surface
water temperatures now in the mid to high 70’s and aquatic vegetation making
some areas of the lake difficult for shore fishermen. With the warmer surface water temperatures,
trout have moved into deeper water but the bass fishing has been good. Early
morning shore fishing for trout is slow and fishing for trout from a boat is
slow to fair. Bass fishing around structure, including weed beds, has been
good. Bass anglers are having luck with
soft plastic baits, minnow imitation lures and using drop shot rigs. Fishing small PT’s, hares ears or chironomids
under a strike indicator have produced a few few trout, but still slow. Black leeches with some red flash may also
produce a strike. Fishing below the dam
in the river has been good with fishable flows.
NDOW recently moved approximately 800 lbs. of wipers, bass and catfish,
that were stranded in a pool below the spillway, back into the reservoir. Fishing above the reservoir in the river is slow
to fair for smallmouth. One smallmouth or largemouth bass 15 inches or longer
may be kept now.
Surface water temperatures are in
the mid 70’s and trout are down about 15 feet, just above the thermocline, to
escape the hot surface water temperatures. Lots of aquatic weed growth making
shore fishing difficult in some areas. Fishing
for trout is still fair to good though shore anglers are having a tougher time.
Boaters are doing well for trout by getting their presentations down into the
cooler water. Though trout fishing has
slowed in the lake, the canyon by the dam is producing some nice trout as are
the deeper sections of Hendricks and Penrod arms. Bass and perch fishing are good
with perch anglers doing well at the south end of the lake in about 15 feet of
water using small plastic grubs on a jighead, small crystal buggers on a full
sink line or small pieces of worm on a hook or jighead fished between 10 and 15
feet deep. Perch are also being caught
in the larger coves in the Hendricks Arm and around the submerged island in off
of the state park boat ramp.. For fly fishermen changing over to wooly and
crystal buggers on a full sink line is a good tactic as the trout head deeper. Damselfly hatches are waning, but the fish
are still used to seeing them so damselfly nymph fly patterns should be
working. One smallmouth bass 15 inches
or longer may be kept now. Fishing in the stream below the dam is good. The campground and fish cleaning station are
open and on a first come first served basis.
The reservoir is full! NDOW and Barrick planted the reservoir with 5,000
five to six-inch catfish and 5,000 15-inch catfish on Friday, May 31. Expect
the fishing for catfish to pick up as the water temperature is in the mid
to high 60’s. Approximately 1100 crappie
from Chimney Creek Reservoir were stocked, but anglers are being asked to
return any crappie they catch back to the lake for a couple of years while the
fishery rebuilds. NDOW recently planted
some black bass in the lake, with more augmentation expected next month.
Fishing is fair to good for 13 to 16-inch
trout that are in good body condition despite the heat. The water, while down,
is in great shape with less weeds and algae than other lakes in our area. The
same presentations, flies, baits and lures as used at South Fork, should also
work well here. The northeast corner of the lake and the south end of the lake
have been producing a few nice trout where the water is averaging eight to ten
feet deep. Shore anglers should target the canyon by the dam and on the north
shore. Bass fishing is good for eight to 10-inch bass with a few over 10 being
caught once in a while. Soft plastic
baits are working. Best colors seem to
be dark olive, brown or purple. On still evenings fishing the edges of the
willows with poppers may be worth a try. Fishing below the spillway is done for
the year. NDOW stocked approximately 28,000 trout in the lake this summer.