Eastern Nevada Fishing Report

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Updated:2018-01-18

Additional Notes

We haven’t had much of a winter in northeastern Nevada, both in temperature and in precipitation.  When looking at the USGS SNOTEL sites area drainages on Thursday, January 18, 2018, are averaging around 70% of the long term average for the area.  This is not good news for anglers for the upcoming summer if the trend holds.

A little bit of good news as we are scheduled for unsettled weather over the next 10 days to two weeks which will hopefully add some moisture to the snowpack.  The only other good news is that area reservoirs are mostly at capacity after the last two wet winters.

 Ice conditions are well below normal as well for this time of year.  While Wildhorse continues to have safe ice, averaging about eight inches, South Fork is more open water than ice.  Again, a bit of a bright spot is that temperatures are expected to fall which should help Wildhorse build some ice, but it may be too little too late for South Fork.

 

ANGEL LAKE

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

There is approximately four inches of ice here, so drill some test holes before venturing too far from shore.  Expect open water at the inlet end.  The ice should start improving with the forecast colder temperatures and there will be a determination this weekend as to whether next weekend’s Rotary Club Ice Fishing Derby will be held.  That being said, fishing should be fair to good for 10 to 12 inch trout using worms or PowerBait. 

 

 

COLD CREEK RESERVOIR

No recent report. 

 

COMINS LAKE

The north lake has unsafe ice with some open water.  The south lake has around three to four and a half inches of ice with some open water at the extreme south end.  Drill test holes before venturing too far onto the lake.  Expect the south lake ice to stabilize with the projected colder temperatures of the next week.

 

ILLIPAH

Expect four to five inches of ice, with some water around the edges due to the lake coming up a bit and the warmer than average temperatures.  No recent reports from anglers.

 

JAKE'S / BOIES RESERVOIR

At last report Jakes Creek is covered with five inches of good hard clear ice. The ice is extremely slick, so take care walking on it.  There were no signs of anyone fishing the lake so we have no report on fishing conditions. 

 

JIGGS / ZUNINO RESERVOIR

What ice is here should also be considered unsafe with some open water for shore fishing, though with the projected cooler temps that may disappear.  There is an aerator to cut down on winter mortality and due to the aerator, don’t expect safe ice here at all, even if the temperatures fall.   Anglers should use the same presentations as at South Fork.

 

 

MOUNTAIN STREAMS

Streambanks are very slick with ice and snow.  Fishing has been slow in most streams.  Fish are lethargic due to the colder temps and presentations must be slowed down. Travel to both Jarbidge and the Bruneau is now through Idaho.

 

HIGH ALPINE LAKES

Most of the lakes are iced up and 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.

 

RUBY LAKE NWR

With the warm temperatures there is no ice here and fishing has been good depending upon the day and location.  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. Best places to fish appear to be where the current is strongest.  The fish are moving, so if you don’t have much luck in one area, pack up and hit another. As of Thursday, January 18, 2018, Harrison Pass was open with little or no snow on it.  However, snow was forecast for Friday, so depending on how much snow falls, will depend on driving conditions over the pass.  

 

 

SOUTH FORK RESERVOIR

As of Thursday, January 18, the South Fork had more open water than it did ice.  Fishing has been just fair, but those fish being caught ranged from 18 to 22 inches! What little ice there is should be avoided at all costs.  Best fishing appears to be along Jet Ski Beach with shore anglers having some success with PowerBait or worms, while fly rodders should be using chironomids, hares ears, prince nymphs and buggers.

 

 

WILDHORSE RESERVOIR

As of Thursday, January 18, Wildhorse had approximately eight inches of good ice with no snow on top making it very slippery and difficult walking.  Anglers should plan on wearing some traction devices on their boots to keep from falling. With no snow and warm daytime temperatures, the ice is very noisy, booming and cracking, which has probably affected fishing which has been just fair.   There are still some major pressure ridges on the lake that contain areas of unsafe ice.  Please stay away from them.  The Hendricks Arm is still the best fishing, though fish are being caught in Penrod, near Goose Island and off of the state park.  As a general rule, anglers should find trout in six to 10 feet of water this time of year, so you don’t need to head to the middle. Depending upon the day, trout fishing has ranged from slow to good in eight to ten feet of water fishing halfway down in the water column.  For the most part, the fish are averaging 15 to 20 inches in length.  Garlic flavored PowerBait or PowerEggs have been working well.   Hopefully the predicted snow for Friday, January 19 fell making it safer walking.  The snow should also “calm” the ice down so it doesn’t boom and pop.  This may help fishing as well.

 

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR

Due to a damaged outflow structure, the lake has completely drained.

 

WILSON RESERVOIR

No recent report, but chances are there is unsafe ice here and the road at last report was 4WD only due to mud.  With the predicted storm moving through expect road conditions to stay the same.