Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
was the 28th Annual Angel Lake Kid’s Fishing Derby and the weather
couldn’t have been better. Lots of fish
were caught and everyone had a great time, including Smokey Bear! Thanks to all the great people that helped
and participated. Each of the 15 winners
received a special edition USFS fishing rod and reel combo. Here are this year’s winners:
If you have always
wanted to try fly fishing, now’s your chance.
NDOW will be hosting a free introduction to “Float Tube Fly Fishing”
clinic on August 2nd and 4th in Elko.
The class is limited to the first 10 people who sign up. Thursday the 2nd is casting,
equipment and knots. Then on Saturday
the 4th, participants will be taken fishing to beautiful Angel
Lake. Even if you don’t have any gear,
there is gear available for loan including rods, reels, waders and wading
boots, float tubes and more. You must
have a current Nevada fishing license. Call
Joe Doucette at 777-2305 for more information or go to www.register-ed.com to register for the
Fishing has been good for fly
fishermen using beadhead hares ears and small black crystal buggers. Dry
fly fishing has also been productive.
Hoppers, stimulators, elk hair caddis, Adams, Griffith’s gnats, red
quills and just about any small dry fly should work. Small worms seem to work better than
PowerBait here. Also small spinners in
black and gold or dark green and gold are also effective at Angel Lake. The water level is down, making for more
shoreline for water access in front of the brush and trees.
Very little change here with surface
water temperatures above 70 degrees, fishing at Cave Lake is fair to good
depending upon the time of day. Anglers
need to fish deeper in the water column as the trout have gone deep to escape
the heat. The usual PowerBait or worms
as well as small spinners, panther Martins or rooster tails should all work. Fly fishermen have been doing well with dry
flies with elk hair caddis, red ants, small stimulators and Adams in the early
mornings and evenings. Nymphs to try
include prince, pheasant tails, hares ears, damsel and midge larva when fishing
deeper water. Anglers will have the best
luck early in the morning or late in the evening.
Little to no change here as fishing
continues to be good for bass and fair to good for trout. Anglers should do well on Power Bait, Mepps,
Panther Martins, and nightcrawlers.
Flyfishers will do well on dry fly patterns. Patterns to try include PMD’s, elk hair
caddis, Griffith’s gnats, and Adams.
Water temperatures have moved into
the 70’s with vegetation growing thickly in the south lake and coming on in the
north lake. Boats and float tubes have
better access to fishing than shore fishermen do. Rainbow trout are still being caught in the
16 to 20 inch range though they have moved deeper into the lake. Largemouth
bass catch rates are increasing with 8 to 10 inch bass readily being
caught. Trout are hitting a variety of flies from nymphs to streamers as
well as powerbait and nightcrawlers. Largemouth bass are hitting top
water rigs to senkos. Anglers are encouraged to fish morning and
evening hours when it is cooler.
Water levels continue to drop with
irrigation and surface water temperatures are in the high 70’s which are normal
conditions for this time of year. Fishing is fair to good. Anglers should have
the best luck with Power Bait, Mepps, Panther Martins, and nightcrawlers. Fly rodders should be using black or olive
wooly buggers as well as chironomids, hare’s ears, leech patterns and PT nymphs.
Trout may also hit dry flies early in the morning or late in the evening,
especially where the creek flows into the lake.
Water level is low due to
irrigation and the weeds are up making fishing from shore difficult. Best
fishing is from float tubes or small boats.
Anglers can use a variety of presentations including worms, PowerBait,
spinners and flies. Chironomids, wooly
buggers, hares ears, prince nymphs and damselfly nymphs are recommended.
Fishing for bass is fair to good,
while for trout it is slow to fair. The
water level is very low, which have the fish concentrated and there is some
algae and weeds around the edges. PowerBait,
nightcrawlers, and dark spinners with some red or yellow accents seem to be
working. Brown or olive nymphs as well
as red copper Johns and blood worm patterns for fly fishermen are good choices. Black wooly buggers and seal buggers are also
worth a try. Poppers on still mornings and evenings are working for the bass,
otherwise dark soft plastic grubs are the way to go.
Stream flows are well below normal
for this time of year and many of our streams are already in trouble with
dangerously low flows and warm water temperatures. Lamoille Creek was stocked with approximately
4000 tiger trout the first week of July.
As of Thursday, Lamoille Creek was flowing at 14 cfs (fishing at the
beaver ponds has been good), the South Fork of the Humboldt above and below the
reservoir approximately 5 cfs and 9 cfs respectively (fishing not recommended), the East Fork of the Owyhee below Wildhorse
was flowing at 93 cfs (both water conditions and fishing are good), the Bruneau
at 8 cfs (fishing not recommended), the Jarbidge at 11 cfs, Cleve Creek around 5
cfs and Steptoe Creek at 3 cfs. Swinging
small spinners or streamers or dead drifting a worm or hopper on a light wire
hook are your best bets in the streams. Hoppers
are out and dry fly fishing is in full swing, though with low water flows,
stealth is the key. Fish are already heading to the larger pools and deeper
runs. Try floating small elk hair
caddis, small stimulators, royal trudes, renegades and of course terrestrials:
hoppers, ants and beetles.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
Expect fishing to be good, though
the further from the trailheads you go, the better the fishing. Fishing has
been slow to fair at Lamoille Lake but good at Island. Worms seem to produce better than PowerBait
at the higher elevations and small spinners and rooster tails are also
effective. Fly fishermen will want to
use small nymphs sized 12 – 18 such as hares ears, PT’s, prince nymphs, copper
Johns as well as black or olive wooly buggers sized 10 and 12. Dry flies to try include Griffith’s gnats,
small stimulators, elk hair caddis, small black Adams, humpies, ants and
Water levels are down just a bit,
but no problems launching boats at the main boat ramp, though Narciss boat ramp
is only good for canoes and kayaks. Bass
fishing has been good on the south marsh as quite a few anglers are reporting
limits of keeper fish. Most anglers are
averaging a keeper (minimum size 10 inches) for every five bass caught. Dark soft plastics with some flash fished
weedless are the presentation of choice.
Best colors seemed to be purple, motor oil and dark green. Quiet
evenings may find popper fishing fun. Fishing continues to be good at the
collection ditch for 12 to 16 inch trout.
The water is clear and levels are good.
Small spinners and minnow imitations were producing some fish for spin
fishermen, but fly rodders were doing better.
There have been mayfly, damselfly, hopper and midge hatches so Adams,
Griffith’s gnats, hoppers, yellow stimulators, and adult damsels are all worth a try. Remember, if you can see
the fish, they can see you. Go low, slow
and wear drab clothing. Starting Wednesday,
August 1, boats with 10hp gas motors or smaller will be allowed on the Refuge.
Fishing for trout at South Fork continues
to be just fair and trout have moved down in the water column with the heat
making it more difficult for shore anglers.
The thermocline in South Fork appears to be about 12 to15 feet down and
fishing just above it will give you the best chance for trout. Bass fishing has been very good. Fishing for
wipers has been fair to good with the south end still producing wipers. Some nice catfish have also been showing up
in the creel. Surface water temperatures have climbed into the mid to high 70’s
making catch and release fishing for trout difficult. Fly rodders should be using chironomids, hares
ears, flash back PT nymphs, prince nymphs, balanced leeches and buggers. Small
dark spinners and minnow imitating lures with some red in them have produced a
few fish. Dark soft plastic grubs with some sparkle are working for bass as are
crank baits. Poppers are also working on
still mornings and evenings.
While surface water temperatures have
climbed into the 70’s, fishing continues to be good for trout, though they have
moved into deeper water. Bass fishing is
fair to good. Trout are averaging 14 to 17 inches with the occasional 20+ inch
fish being taken. Fishing from shore is
best early in the morning before the surface water temperatures get too
hot. Boaters are having better success
as they can fish just above the thermocline which is about 15 feet down in the
water column. Fly rodders should be
using most common nymph patterns such as hares ears, prince, PT’s and damselfly
nymphs fished deep under a slip strike indicator. Other flies to try include black leeches,
balanced leeches, and wooly buggers.
Due to a damaged outflow structure,
the lake has completely drained. Barrick
Gold is in the process of wrapping up the work on the dam. Unfortunately, with a mild winter, the snow
pack isn’t enough to allow the capture of water this summer. NDOW, along with Barrick, will be performing
some habitat improvements to the bottom of the lake later this summer while the
lake is empty to provide cover for crappie and other fish.
The water is down seasonally due to
irriagion, but expect good conditions for bass and fair to good for trout. Bass are hitting top water gear including
blue damselfly adult flies as well as poppers and spinner baits when the wind
dies down. Dark soft plastic grubs are
also working for bass. Trout are hitting
damselfly nymphs, olive or black wooly buggers, hares ears, PT nymphs, red
copper Johns, red brassies and chironomid patterns. Fish for trout between 10 and 15 feet below