Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
hits (snow) just keep on coming.
Continued good news for area waters, though my snow blower is getting a
good workout. Thank goodness it got a
tune up last month.
The big thing for anglers to take
into account is that roads going to many of our favorite waters may not be good
for traveling right now. Earlier this
week Conservation Educator Julie Gabrielson went to Ruby Valley to get trout
eggs for the Trout in the Classroom program.
First thing in the morning, the roads were drifting and not in very good
shape. They were definitely 4WD.
If you do decide to brave the roads to go fishing remember
to leave a trip plan. You need to
include the 3 “W’s”, Who, Where and
Who is going, and include a description of the vehicle, the
name of each person going and a contact number back home for each. A truck, car or SUV is much easier to find
than a person.
Where you are going.
Be specific. Name the lake or
stream and include the route you plan to drive.
Finally, When you will be back. Make
sure you are either back by this time or contact the person you gave the trip
plan to by that time.
If you get stuck, stay with your vehicle. As stated earlier it is much easier to find
than a person. It will also provide
shelter from the elements. As a general
rule, if a trip plan is given and followed, people are generally found within
24 hours of the authorities being notified.
you are looking for something to do this weekend, the Annual Wildhorse Trout
Derby will be taking place at Wildhorse Reservoir. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday and
each day is a separate contest.
There is $10 per
day entry fee with 100% payout to the people that catch the longest three fish
for each day. There is also a raffle with lots of great
prizes and good food. The raffle is to
raise money for road maintenance for the Wild Horse Estates.
The road to Angel Lake is now
closed and there will be no fishing report here until late spring or early
summer depending upon how the winter snows are.
Cave Lake is covered with 10 to 12
inches of ice and fishing has been fair to good for nine to 13 inch trout. Anglers should do well using beadhead flies,
worms, meal worms, PowerBait, and flashy jigs tipped with worms.
Cold Creek Reservoir is about 1/3
open water with unsafe ice. Some fish
have been seen rising but expect it to be a bit slow. Expect 4WD winter driving
conditions this weekend.
Ice depths are highly variable on
Comins Lake, with portions of open water on the south and north areas of the
lake. Yet portions of the lake were covered with 10 to 14 inches of ice. Anglers
should be very cautious when navigating the ice on the lake, particularly in
the north lake area. Anglers may want to
drill some test holes before venturing too far onto the lake. Ice anglers have
been catching quality trout in the 16 to 20 inch range. Anglers should do well
fishing with power bait, night crawlers, meal worms, and flashy spoons.
The ice at Illipah Reservoir is
approximately 9 to 10 inches on both sides of the old dam. Fishing has been fair to good for 10 to 15
inch trout. Anglers should do well
fishing with power bait, night crawlers, meal worms, and flashy jigs. The road
from US 50 to the lake was snow covered and very muddy last weekend. With this
week’s weather it is probably much worse.
Stay on the gravel road please.
Jakes Creek has about 12 inches of
good ice with some snow on top. Fishing
has been fair to good. Expect very poor driving conditions this weekend once
you leave US 93.
Jiggs is covered with unsafe
ice. NDOW will be operating an aerator
to try to keep the lake from winterkill so the ice will be unsafe all
winter. No report until ice off next spring.
With the snow and cold, expect to
find very icy and snowy conditions along the shorelines so take care when
walking the streams. It might be wise to wait for the current weather pattern
to work its way out of the area before venturing to most of our streams. Expect turbid conditions. The public is now allowed access to the Power
House Picnic Ground, the Talbot Canyon Trailhead and a lower section of the
canyon up to the road barrier including snowmobiling, hiking and cross country
skiing up the canyon. Fish will be
moving very slow due to cold water temperatures so slow down the presentations.
Expect fishing to be slow in the streams.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
High mountain lakes should all be
frozen over and there won’t be a fishing report here until late next spring or
early summer depending upon the winter.
Roads are snow packed, there is
plenty of drifting and care must be taken when driving into Ruby Valley. Much of the ditch will be ice covered due to
the colder temperatures, but areas with springs should be open and the pond
behind the hatchery is also be open. Fishing
continues to be good at the collection ditch for 12 to 16 inch trout with the
occasional large trout being taken. With
windy conditions, spin fishermen were doing better than fly rodders. Small brightly colored spinners were doing
well. Wet flies have been performing
better than the dries right now. 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 as well as egg
patterns in orange or pink. 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. The Refuge
will be dredging parts of the collection ditch once the weather allows and this
will cause turbid conditions and may make fishing difficult. If you come across the dredging, please don’t
fish in the area that the work is going on.
Harrison Pass is closed so you need to go through Secret Pass to get
South Fork was about 50% open water
earlier in the week. All remaining ice
at South Fork should be considered unsafe.
Several hardy fly fishermen found
fishing very slow earlier in the week and fishing will probably be slow until
the water temperature starts to move up into the mid 40’s.
Wildhorse is covered with 14 to 16
inches of ice with a crust of snow on top.
There are a very few areas with just a bit of slush, but not enough to
worry about. Fishing for both trout and
perch the past week has been good with limits of 14 to 19 inch trout being
taken and plenty of keeper perch reported in the creel. The trick for trout
seems to be in fairly shallow water (eight to 12 feet deep) close to
shore. Areas that have been producing
trout lately include both Penrod and Hendricks Arms as well as the west side of
the lake near the warm spring. Perch are
found in deeper water so fish water that is 25 to 30 feet deep and put your
presentation less than a foot off of the bottom. Most of the perch reported being caught were
by the island off of the state park boat ramp. When the perch are biting, which
appears to be best on cloudy days, anglers report catching decent numbers of eight
to eleven inch perch with a few 12 inch fish being taken.
Barrick has completed the work on the
dam making some major improvements and last weekend Barrick employees and
community volunteers worked with Barrick and NDOW to install fish habitat
structures in the bottom of the lake while it is empty. It looks like the winter we needed to fill it
is becoming a reality.
The road is 4WD only and with the
weather late this week, the trip is not recommended. There was about five and a half inches of ice
at the boat ramp and more than likely there is a fair amount of snow on top now. However ice anglers should have some luck
with garlic PowerEggs or worms for trout.