Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
The lake is ice covered and the
road to Angel Lake is closed. There will
be no more fishing reports until late next spring or early summer depending
upon winter conditions.
Cave Lake still has unsafe ice, but
if it isn’t gone by this weekend, it should be gone by next. There is open water at the Cave Creek inlet
just past the float tube launch. The
usual PowerBait or worms as well as small spinners, panther Martins or rooster
tails should all work.
Cold Creek is ice free and fishing
should be good. Anglers should do well
on Power Bait, Mepps, Panther Martins, and nightcrawlers. Flyfishers will do well on nymphs and emerger
Unsafe ice with open water in the
north lake and the extreme south end of the lake that is fishable. However, the ice has come back to cover more
of the lake, but it is still unsafe. Anglers
report catching limits in the open water using worms, though PowerBait should
also work. Fly fishermen should be using
wooly buggers, prince nymphs, damsel fly nymphs, hares ears and pheasant tail
As of last week Illipah Reservoir was
starting to open up with open water along the western and eastern shorelines. With the warmer temperatures and the wind on
Thursday, it should have opened up quite a bit more. The best angling opportunities are going to
be from the western shoreline. Fishing
off the receding ice edge could produce quality trout. The reservoir is sitting at approximately 95%
Jakes Creek is ice free and now is
the time to fish it from shore before the weed growth kicks in. It is generally pretty good for trout right
after ice out using a variety of presentations including worms, PowerBait,
spinners and flies.
Zunino Reservoir has open water for
fishing, but no recent word on fishing success.
Expect it to be fair to good using the usual PowerBait or worms.
Streambanks are very slick with ice
and snow and in many areas very muddy. Anglers should be aware that as you
approach the streams, the roads often become quite soft and it is easy to get
stuck. Combine Thursday’s rain with
snowmelt from the warm temperatures and anglers can expect very turbid water
and high flows. Fishing has been slow in
most streams. Fish are lethargic due to
the colder temps and presentations must be slowed down. If you do fish the
streams large dark presentations will probably work best.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
Most of the lakes are iced up and due
to snow pack, travel is not recommended.
There will be no further fishing reports on the high mountain lakes
until next spring or early summer depending upon the winter.
Fishing has been fair to good at
the collection ditch depending upon the day and the experience of the angler.
The water is turbid, so for the most part sight fishing is out. Small spinners and minnow imitations were
producing some fish for spin fishermen, but fly rodders were doing better. Fly rodders should be using hare’s ears,
pheasant tails, prince nymphs, midge patterns, eggs and egg sucking leeches. The fish are moving, so if you don’t have
much luck in one area, pack up and hit another. Harrison Pass was open on
Wednesday, but who knows what Thursday’s storm did to the pass.
South Fork is now ice free and
fishing has started to pick up. Last weekend several anglers reported good luck
both on the west side at Jet Ski Beach and in the main boat ramp cove on the
east side of the lake. The fish being
caught were averaging between 16 and 20 inches with a number of them coming in
over 20 inches. Most anglers are having
some success with PowerBait or worms, while fly rodders should be using
chironomids, hares ears, prince nymphs and buggers. Sherbet PowerBait fished using a slip sinker
off of the bottom about 25-30 feet from shore seemed to work the best.
At last report, the ice was
receding providing open water for fishing, but the majority of the lake was
still ice covered. Fishing the open water had been productive for fly
fishermen using nymphs, chironomids and stripping buggers. No report of bait or spin anglers hitting the
water, though right after ice out fishing can be good for all types of gear.
Due to a damaged outflow structure,
the lake has completely drained. Barrick
Gold is working on repairing the outflow valves of the dam with the expectation
that we may be able to capture snowmelt later in the spring.
The road to Wilson is rutted and
the lake is approximately 50% of capacity and ice free. No recent word on angling success.