Eastern Nevada Fishing Report

Eastern-Region-Fishing-Report

Updated:2017-09-15

ANGEL LAKE

Good shore access here, though a float tube gives anglers better mobility and access to some of the better fishing spots.  Bait anglers have seen fishing slow as trout are keying on aquatic insects.  Fly rodders have had success using small elk hair caddis, hopper or yellow stimulator with an olive or peacock soft hackle dropper below, though any dropper fly with green or peacock herl will work.  Small spinners and rooster tails should also be effective, just give them enough time to sink to the level the fish are at. Spin anglers can put a fly behind a bobber for casting and have better luck that way.  

 

CAVE LAKE

No change here.  Fishing has been good for 10 to 12 inch fish using worms or cheese baits under a bobber. NDOW did put some surplus brood stock in the lake, so occasionally anglers get the surprise of a 15 to 20 inch fish!  Small spinners in black and gold or green and gold have been effective.  For fly rodders: hare’s ears, pheasant tail nymphs, prince nymphs, small crystal buggers and Cave Lake specials are all good flies. Mayflies and damselflies are also hatching, so fish these imitations.      

 

COLD CREEK RESERVOIR

No recent report, but expect it to be fair for trout and fair to good for bass. While water temperatures are dropping, there should still be some dry fly action on warm sunny afternoons, though anglers will be having most of their success with nymphs and buggers. The water level is still good with some of the willows in the water providing cover for bass, so fish for bass near the willows.s.

 

COMINS LAKE

Water quality at Comins is in good shape and anglers are catching fish from both shore and boats, though boat and float tube anglers are having better luck. The usual PowerBait and worms should work, while small spinners and minnow imitations can be productive. Fly fishermen should be using the usual assortment of nymph and chironomid patterns as well as wooly buggers in black, olive or brown.  Please return any black bass back to the lake while the bass fishery rebuilds.

 

ILLIPAH

While the water level is low, the lake isn’t losing any more water and the inflow appears to be keeping up with evaporation.  The usual worms, PowerBait or mealworms should all work.  Small spinners and spoons should be good for spin fishermen.  The usual black and olive wooly buggers, small chironomids, hares ears and pheasant tail nymphs are good starting points for fly rodders. As the temperatures drop, fishing should pick up here. 

 

JAKE'S / BOIES RESERVOIR

The shoreline is very weedy and shore anglers are finding it difficult to catch fish from shore.  Trout fishing has been fair, while bass fishing has been good. However, right at dusk, the trout bite seems to turn on.   Bass fishing is also good, especially in the evenings with anglers reporting a large number of 6 to 8 inch fish with keeper bass being caught about every fifth fish.  Dark soft plastics in blue or black with sparkles were working for bass. Worms and PowerBait are popular here as are black or olive woolly buggers, prince nymphs, PT’s and hares ears.  

 

JIGGS / ZUNINO RESERVOIR

Shore fishermen don’t appear to be faring as well as boaters or float tube anglers as the edges are getting weedy and the fish are hanging in the deeper cooler water in the middle of the reservoir. This should start changing next week with the cooler weather.  Remember this is a wakeless water so go slow if you are in a boat with a motor.  It is difficult to launch much more than a small rowboat or car topper due to water and shore conditions.  Small spinners, PowerBait or worms should all work.  While fly rodders should be using hares ears, small nymphs and wooly buggers.  Please return any black bass or blue gill back to the lake to help with rebuilding the warm water fishery here. 

 

 

MOUNTAIN STREAMS

Area streams are at or near normal flows which is fairly low for this time of year. Lamoille Creek is flowing a bit below normal at 6 cfs as of this past Thursday. Streams in northern Elko County are flowing above normal with the Bruneau at 17 cfs and the West Fork of the Jarbidge at almost 8 cfs and they are fishing well. The East Fork of the Owyhee flows have dropped by 50% since last week at 30 cfs near Mountain City.  Creeks in central Nevada are flowing at normal or slightly below normal flows for this time of year and many such as Steptoe, Cleve and Ward Creeks are fishable. Fishing in Steptoe Creek has been fair to good. Fishing is still fair to good at Cleve Creek which is flowing about 6 cfs.  Steptoe  Creek is flowing at a normal 5 cfs and fishing has been fair to good here as well.

 

HIGH ALPINE LAKES

Fishing is good to excellent at the higher elevations as trout take advantage of the short growing season.    The same presentations and techniques that work at Angel all work well up here.  Remember the further you get from the trailhead, there is less fishing pressure therefore the better the fishing is.  All of the lakes are accessible.  Many local fly fishermen like flies with yellow or red in them.  However, take a supply of small black flies such as black Adams, beetles, ants, chironomids and Griffith’s gnats.  When nothing else seems to work, turn to the small black flies.  Expect changing weather conditions in the high elevations and dress accordingly. Be prepared to spend the night.

 

RUBY LAKE NWR

We are just past peak time for bass fishing at the Refuge and bass fishing for keeper sized bass has been good though expect it to slow a bit with next week’s cooler temperatures.  Dark plastic four to six inch grubs with sparkles in them seem to be the presentation of choice. Colors include blue, dark red, dark green, purple and motor oil.  Fishing in the ditch for trout is fair to good for trout depending upon the day, weather and angler.  Fly rodders should try the usual assortment of nymphs under an indicator as well as wooly, seal and crystal buggers. Scuds, midges, pale morning duns, small blue winged olives and adult damselflies are all worth a try.  Of course the usual small hares ears, PT’s, copper Johns and buggers are all staples in the ditch. Spin fishermen should try small minnow imitators and gold spinners.  The collection ditch is artificial lures only and no wading is allowed. 

 

SOUTH FORK RESERVOIR

Surface temperatures are hovering around 70 degrees, but will be dropping if next week’s weather forecast is accurate.   Fishing has been just fair here, but as the water temperatures start to decline with the longer, cooler nights, expect trout fishing to pick up. The trout being caught are averaging between 13 and 17 inches with an occasional 20 inch fish.  Some trout are being caught in the river above the reservoir using hopper patterns. Bass fishing has been fair to good and some smallmouth and largemouth bass have moved into the river above the causeway. There are special regulations in the river including single barbless hooks, so make sure to read the fishing proclamation for this water before fishing here.  With the colder weather next week, fly rodders should start changing tactics.  As the weed beds start to die off, fish leech and scud patterns off of the edges of the weed beds.  Other flies to try include hares ears, pheasant tail nymphs (PT’s), copper Johns, prince nymphs and of course wooly, crystal and seal buggers.  There is road construction south of the state park headquarters so those wanting to access the west side of the lake will need to go in through Twin Bridges.  Expect this to continue into October.

 

WILDHORSE RESERVOIR

Surface water temperatures are in the high 60’s and with overnight lows dropping into the 30’s and even high 20’s expect the surface temperatures to flirt with the high 50’s to low 60’s.  While the lake has lots of algae expect it to die off with the colder temperatures.  Fishing has been mostly fair, but expect it to pick up as the water temperatures drop.  Shore fishing should start picking up here.  Bait fishermen should use the usual worms or PowerBait for trout.  Fly rodders should be trying hares ears, PT’s, prince nymphs, copper Johns and of course wooly buggers. The campground and fish cleaning station are open and on a first come first served basis.  

 

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR

Crappie fishing is starting to slow down though anglers are still catching keeper sized fish (10 to 12 inches).  The road is rough so care should be taken driving here. Anglers report catching crappie in the rocks and have been successful fishing a small white plastic grub underneath a bobber. Crappie like structure, so fish near submerged brush, willows and rocks.

 

WILSON RESERVOIR

Wilson has the best water quality of the larger reservoirs in eastern Nevada with little algae growth though the water temperature was still around 70 degrees this week.  Expect that to drop with the cooler weather.  The usual PowerBait or worms work well.  Gold, green and yellow, or black and yellow spinners are still working.  Fly fishermen should be using chironomids, mayfly nymphs and emergers, or black crystal buggers for best results. Lots of small bass are being caught, but not a lot of keeper sized fish. Expect bass numbers to go down with the cooler temperatures.