Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
Where did summer
go? It’s Labor Day Weekend though with
the temperatures predicted to be in the mid to high 90’s all weekend, it sure
doesn’t feel like the beginning of fall.
However, temperatures are expected to drop into the low to mid 80’s
starting Tuesday. Expect fishing
conditions to be very similar to last weekThis past Tuesday,
marked the opening of upland game seasons with dove, forest grouse and snowcock
seasons. While the cooler nighttime temperatures
predicted over the next week may send a few of doves south as the dove season
opens, this may be the year that more than a few of them stay in northern
Nevada after Labor Day giving hunters a chance for these tasty morsels.
temperatures also signal the coming of fall and some of the best fishing of the
year. With cooler water temperatures and
shorter days, the algae and weeds start to die off. This makes shore angling much easier for the
The afternoon winds
that are common this time of year blow terrestrial insects into the water
adding another piece to the fishing puzzle.
Combine the aquatic insects losing the protection of the weeds, the
terrestrials being blown in by the wind and cooler water temperatures and trout
start cruising closer to the shorelines giving shore anglers more opportunity.
Labor Day Weekend is
also the last big boating weekend of the summer and boaters are reminded to
follow boating laws and safety tips.
Always wear your PFD’s, never drive your boat after drinking and show
common courtesy to fellow boaters and anglers alike. Have a safe holiday weekend.
Fishing has been fair to good all
summer. Fair for bait anglers and good
for fly rodders. The usual worms under a
bobber or fished off the bottom with a slip sinker should work as should small
spinners and rooster tails. Give the spinners and rooster tails a few seconds
to sink before starting to reel them in. If using a bobber, put your bait about 18-inches
to two feet below the bobber. For fly rigging a dry and a dropper is working
very well. Good flies for the dry are
hoppers, yellow stimulators and humpies.
Yellow seems to be the color here.
When the lighter patterns aren’t working, switch to black gnats, black
or olive Adams and elk hair caddis, or Griffith’s gnats. Wet flies to try,
include flashback PT nymphs, small black or olive wooly or crystal buggers,
olive or peacock soft hackles, red/silver zebra midges, hares ears and small
leech patterns. Angel Lake was stocked
with approximately 2,100 rainbow trout the first week of September.
Fishing at Cave Lake has been fair to
good for eight to 10-inch trout, but the water level is low from a drawdown due
to concerns with the dam. The shorelines
are still muddy and soft making walking and fishing difficult. The usual small
nymphs and crystal buggers are working for trout, with beadhead pheasant tail
nymphs being very effective. For bait
anglers, fishing a worm about four feet below a bobber or using powerbait
floated off the bottom with a slip sinker seems to be the best bets. 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.
The water level is very low and
fishing is fair to good for both trout and bass. Best times seem to be early morning here. Worms, PowerBait, small spinners and flies
should all work if the fish are cooperating. Small dark colored dry flies first
thing in the morning are working.
Griffith’s gnats, black gnats, black Adams and ant patterns should be
Comins Lake has water temperatures in
the low 70’s with both trout and bass fishing
being fair to good. Trout fishing is
best first thing in the morning and late evening. Fly fisherman should use wooly buggers, leech
patterns, and nymphs patterns (midges, beaded pheasant tails…etc.) fished under
an indicator. Bass fishing is good and
anglers are reporting decent sized bass using soft plastics, crankbaits and
poppers on quiet evenings and mornings. 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.
Water surface temperatures are dropping
into the high 60’s and trout fishing is starting to pick up. Boaters are doing better than shore
anglers. The usual flies like wooly
buggers, prince nymphs, hares ears and chironomid patterns should all
work. Small spinners, PowerBait and
worms should be effective as well. The brown trout in the lake will start
heading into the stream for the fall spawn sometime over the month, so anglers
may want to target the south end of the lake where the stream enters the lake.
Little or no change here. The water level is down due to irrigation,
but normal for this time of year and with the weed growth, fishing from shore
is difficult. Anglers should plan on
fishing from a small boat or float tube and cast back towards the weeds for
bass but hit the deeper water for trout. Trout fishing is slow while bass
fishing is fair to good. 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. Bass are
hitting soft plastics, crankbaits and occasionally poppers first thing in the
morning or late in the evening.
The water level is very low and
warm. These conditions resulted in a
die-off of trout so expect trout fishing to be very poor or even nonexistent
for the rest of the year. Bluegill fishing is fair. If you catch a trout and release it, while it
may swim away, chances are it won’t survive the stress of being caught in very
warm water, so please keep them. An
occasional small bass being caught has been reported.
Hoppers, caddis and stoneflies are
still out and about, and trout continue to hit dry flies. Fishing continues to
be good at the beaver ponds in Lamoille Canyon and other streams in the area. Most streams in eastern Nevada have below
average flows so anglers will want to target beaver ponds, deeper runs and
plunge pools when fishing them. As of September
18, the East Fork of the Owyhee has dropped significantly to 12.5 cubic
feet/second (cfs), the Bruneau River at 8 cfs, the Jarbidge at 5 cfs, Salmon
Falls Creek at 30 cfs, Lamoille Creek flowing at a very low 3 cfs, the South
Fork of the Humboldt at 8 cfs, Cleve Creek at 5.5 cfs, Steptoe Creek at 3.5 cfs
and Kingston Creek well below normal at 3 cfs.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
Access to the alpine lakes in the
Ruby Mountains and East Humboldt’s is good.
The fish in these high mountain lakes are very cooperative and the further
you get from the trailhead the better the fishing. With shorter days the fish
are putting on the feedbag anticipating the long winter ahead. Bait anglers
will find that, as a general rule, worms and hoppers seem to work better than
PowerBait. Small spinners in dark colors with light contrasting highlights, as
well as small panther Martins and rooster tails also are effective. For flyrodders small yellow or red dry flies
such as stimulators, hoppers, elk hair caddis and humpies with a soft hackle or
other nymph dropper is the way to go. In
low light conditions darker colored flies such as black gnats, ants, beetles
and Griffith’s gnats should be used. Be
prepared for nights below freezing if camping at these elevations.
The water level is very low and weeds are coming on strong, but you
can still launch a boat at the main boat landing. However, launching anything but a canoe or
kayak at the Narciss boat launch is not recommended. Bass fishing is good for
numbers and fair to good for keepers, though the catch rate is starting to drop
off with the cooler water temperatures.
Get out for bass fishing here while you can. It will start to drop off quickly. The best tactic seems to be four-inch soft
plastic jigs rigged weedless. Dark
colors such as black, blue, motor oil and guacamole with flashy flakes in them
seem to work the best. Poppers on a quiet evening or morning with no wind as
the shadows are hitting the water along the cattail edges are also working. With
low water conditions and lots of weeds, fishing is fair at the collection ditch
for 13 to 18-inch trout, with the occasional large trout being taken. Small
brightly colored spinners were doing well. Trout are taking dries including damselfly
adults, hoppers, yellow stimulators and elk hair caddis. Yellow seems to be the key. Other flies working include the usual small
nymphs such as PT’s, hares ears, olive soft hackles, red or blue copper Johns
and prince nymphs. 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.
Surface water temperatures are in
the mid 70’s and the algae is still there. If fishing for trout, you need to get down to
the thermocline, a cold water barrier, about 15 to 18 feet deep here. Fish just
above it for best results for trout. Fishing
for perch ranges from good to very good, both from shore and from boats, while
fishing for trout is fair. Bass fishing is good for numbers but fair for size. The
usual PowerBait and worms for bait anglers have been working for trout. Using a
downrigger to get flashers tipped with a worm down to about 15 feet can be
effective. For fly fishermen midge larva,
hares ears, and PT nymphs are good patterns to use under an indicator. Black or olive wooly and crystal buggers are
taking fish as well if you can get them deep enough. Don’t forget balanced
leeches under an indicator. Most anglers are fishing Penrod and Hendricks Arms
as well as the south end of the lake. Perch
fishing has been good using small brightly colored jigs tipped with a piece of
worm or just a piece of worm on a small hook fished under a bobber. The
Hendricks Arm has been very good for perch. Also target perch in just about any
cove with some vegetation. With the lake spilling earlier this spring, fishing
below the dam continues to be fair to good for reservoir sized fish using
streamers or hopper patterns. Anglers may keep one black bass 15-inches or
longer. The campground is open and is on a first come first served basis but is
limited to 50% of capacity. Tribal land
around the lake is open to camping.
Surface water temperatures are starting
to drop into the 60’s but there is still algae discoloring the water. A good
freeze may help kill the algae off, but that isn’t in the immediate forecast. Trout fishing is picking up for shore anglers,
especially early in the day. Fishing for
perch ranges from good to very good, both from shore and from boats, while
fishing for trout is fair to good. Bass fishing is still good for numbers but
fair for size. The usual PowerBait and worms for bait anglers have been working
for trout. Boaters don’t have to go quite as deep for trout. For fly fishermen midge larva, hares ears, and
PT nymphs are good patterns to use under an indicator. Black or olive wooly and crystal buggers are
taking fish as well if you can get them deep enough. Don’t forget balanced leeches
under an indicator, especially if there is a chop on the water. Most anglers are fishing Penrod and Hendricks
Arms as well as the south end of the lake.
Target perch in just about any cove with some vegetation. Fishing below
the dam is still good using hoppers and other dry fly patterns as well as
streamers. Anglers may keep one black
bass 15-inches or longer. The campground is open and is on a first come first
served basis but is limited to 50% of capacity.
Tribal land around the lake is open to camping.
The water level is average for this
time of year, but weeds and algae are still present. Fishing is fair for 12 to 15-inch trout and fair
to good for bass. Just like other
reservoirs, the trout are starting to move up a bit in the water column, but
still holding around 10 feet. Fishing in
the canyon by the dam has been fair to good for trout. Black leeches have been working for trout, but
also have been very good for bass. For
the most part, the same presentations that are used at South Fork, should work