Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
The road to Angel Lake is
closed. There will be no further reports
until late next spring or early summer depending upon snow conditions.
No report on fishing conditions,
but generally this time of year it is fair to good for 10 to 12 inch fish using
worms or cheese baits under a bobber.
Small spinners are also effective.
For fly rodders: hare’s ears, pheasant tail nymphs, prince nymphs, small
crystal buggers and Cave Lake specials are all good flies. Once the water warms to 50 degrees, expect
small dries to start working in the late mornings or afternoons. This lake was stocked with approximately 4000
rainbows earlier this week.
This water is 100% ice free and is
currently at about 90% of capacity.
Trout have been seen rising and dimpling the surface, especially in the
warmer afternoons. Chironomids, scuds
and small nymphs (size 16 to 20) fished either right above the bottom or just
under the surface appear to be working.
Small Mayfly dry flies may work on the warmer sunny afternoons that are
being predicted for next week. This lake
was recently stocked with approximately 1500 bow-cutts.
Comins is ice free and anglers have been
catching some fish from shore including some nice fish in the 15 to 20 inch
range. Road conditions around Comins
Lake are still very muddy, though it has been drying out with the warmer
weather, care should still be taken when driving around the lake. The usual PowerBait and worms should work,
while small spinners and minnow imitations can be productive. Fly fishermen
should be using chironomid patterns, nymphs with peacock herl and buggers. The lake was stocked with approximately
13,000 fish over the past few weeks.
Similar to Comins Lake, the warm temperatures
have brought about muddy conditions on the roads around Illipah Reservoir and
the entire shoreline. The public should
stick to areas with good gravel substrate to keep from getting stuck. 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.
The lake is about 80% full and filling. Worms and PowerBait are popular here as are
black or olive woolly buggers, prince nymphs, PT’s and hares ears. This lake was stocked with approximately 1500
fish in late March.
No recent report on water or fishing conditions
for the past week, but expect turbid water. Zunino was stocked with approximately 2000
fish two weeks ago. Fishing should start to pick up here and the usual small
spinners, PowerBait or worms should all work.
While fly rodders should be using chironomids, small nymphs and small
buggers. Expect it to fish similar to
Little to no change here as stream
flows are well above normal for this time of year and access is difficult in
most areas due to mud and in some cases snow. With
warmer temperatures in the mix for the
next 10 days, and the recent snow added to the snowpack, expect conditions to
get worse rather than to start to improve very much or very soon. This spring expect poor stream conditions to
exist for quite a while.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
Due to the snow at higher
elevations, travel in the high country is not recommended at this time except
for experienced backcountry travelers. Lakes
are iced over. No further reports until
late in the spring or early summer depending upon this winter’s snow pack.
Though expect it to be later rather than earlier with this year’s snowpack.
Harrison Pass is open, though take
a 4WD with clearance as there are some washouts. Fishing has been picking up here and anglers
report good fishing for 12 to 15 inch fish with the occasional 16 to 20 inch
fish being taken. Fly
rodders should also try the usual assortment of nymphs under an indicator as
well as wooly, seal and crystal buggers. Scuds, midges, and small Blue Winged
Olives are all worth a try. Save the
BWO’s for the sunny afternoons. Of
course the usual small hares ears, PT’s, copper Johns and buggers are all
staples here. The collection ditch is artificial lures and flies only.
The surface water temperatures were in the low
to mid 50’s this week, though with the rain forecast over the weekend it could
drop a bit. With the warmer
temperatures, trout fishing has picked up and anglers were reporting both good
numbers and size of trout over the past two weeks. The south end of the lake is still very
turbid (muddy) due to the high flows of the river feeding the lake. Don’t fish there, fish where the water is
clearer. Anglers do continue to catch
some fish along Jet Ski Beach, but coves further north such as Tomera, the boat
ramp cove and those closer to the dam are probably the best bets though the
west side of the lake is clearer than the rest of the lake. The fish being caught are averaging between 15
and 20 inches with an occasional 22 inch fish being caught. A couple of anglers report catching both
largemouth and smallmouth bass earlier in the week. Remember, black bass must be returned
immediately upon being caught until July 1. Anglers
were having some luck using PowerBait or worms but fishermen were doing well
with chironomids and midge emergers. The
trick is to not fish to far from shore as the fish are moving into the
shallower warmer water and to use very small presentations. Chironomid patterns are the ticket for fly
Wildhorse is not only ice free, but it is
spilling! You can launch a boat and the
boat dock is in the water. For the first
time in a few years, the boat ramp is under water and ready for use. Fishing has been slow to fair for trout as
the water temperature is still in the mid 40’s.
Expect bass fishing to be slow this year as the bass fishery recovers
from the drought. Bait fishermen should use the usual worms or PowerBait
here. Garlic PowerEggs of just about any
color seem to work very well. Spin
fishermen should be using spinners and minnow imitators like Rapalas. This time of year gold, black and gold, or
green and gold spinners work well. For
the minnow imitating lures, black over white or silver, dark blue over white or
silver and dark green over white or silver work well. Fly rodders should be using chironomids, hares
ears, PT’s and wooly buggers. The campground is open and is on a first come
first served basis.
Extremely low water levels with warm water make this reservoir a poor choice for fishing. Not worth the trip.
The road to Wilson is open and Wilson is ice
free. The lake is spilling with enough water going over the new rock below the
spillway to let trout move down into the river and pools below the
spillway. Expect similar conditions to South Fork and
anglers should use the same presentations. Parts of the road are rough, so take your
time driving. No recent report from