Eastern Nevada Fishing Report

Eastern-Region-Fishing-Report

Updated:2017-04-21

ANGEL LAKE

The road to Angel Lake is closed.  There will be no further reports until late next spring or early summer depending upon snow conditions. 

 

CAVE LAKE

No report on fishing conditions, but generally this time of year it is fair to good for 10 to 12 inch fish using worms or cheese baits under a bobber.  Small spinners are also effective.  For fly rodders: hare’s ears, pheasant tail nymphs, prince nymphs, small crystal buggers and Cave Lake specials are all good flies.  Once the water warms to 50 degrees, expect small dries to start working in the late mornings or afternoons.   This lake was stocked with approximately 4000 rainbows earlier this week.

 

COLD CREEK RESERVOIR

This water is 100% ice free and is currently at about 90% of capacity.  Trout have been seen rising and dimpling the surface, especially in the warmer afternoons.  Chironomids, scuds and small nymphs (size 16 to 20) fished either right above the bottom or just under the surface appear to be working.  Small Mayfly dry flies may work on the warmer sunny afternoons that are being predicted for next week.  This lake was recently stocked with approximately 1500 bow-cutts.

 

COMINS LAKE

Comins is ice free and anglers have been catching some fish from shore including some nice fish in the 15 to 20 inch range.  Road conditions around Comins Lake are still very muddy, though it has been drying out with the warmer weather, care should still be taken when driving around the lake.  The usual PowerBait and worms should work, while small spinners and minnow imitations can be productive. Fly fishermen should be using chironomid patterns, nymphs with peacock herl and buggers.  The lake was stocked with approximately 13,000 fish over the past few weeks.

 

ILLIPAH

Similar to Comins Lake, the warm temperatures have brought about muddy conditions on the roads around Illipah Reservoir and the entire shoreline.  The public should stick to areas with good gravel substrate to keep from getting stuck.  The usual worms, PowerBait or mealworms should all work.  Small spinners and spoons should be good for spin fishermen.  The usual black and olive wooly buggers, small chironomids, hares ears and pheasant tail nymphs are good starting points for fly rodders.

 

JAKE'S / BOIES RESERVOIR

The lake is about 80% full and filling.  Worms and PowerBait are popular here as are black or olive woolly buggers, prince nymphs, PT’s and hares ears.  This lake was stocked with approximately 1500 fish in late March.

 

JIGGS / ZUNINO RESERVOIR

No recent report on water or fishing conditions for the past week, but expect turbid water.   Zunino was stocked with approximately 2000 fish two weeks ago. Fishing should start to pick up here and the usual small spinners, PowerBait or worms should all work.  While fly rodders should be using chironomids, small nymphs and small buggers.  Expect it to fish similar to South Fork.

 

MOUNTAIN STREAMS

Little to no change here as stream flows are well above normal for this time of year and access is difficult in most areas due to mud and in some cases snow.   With warmer  temperatures in the mix for the next 10 days, and the recent snow added to the snowpack, expect conditions to get worse rather than to start to improve very much or very soon.  This spring expect poor stream conditions to exist for quite a while.

 

HIGH ALPINE LAKES

Due to the snow at higher elevations, travel in the high country is not recommended at this time except for experienced backcountry travelers.  Lakes are iced over.  No further reports until late in the spring or early summer depending upon this winter’s snow pack. Though expect it to be later rather than earlier with this year’s snowpack.

 

RUBY LAKE NWR

Harrison Pass is open, though take a 4WD with clearance as there are some washouts.  Fishing has been picking up here and anglers report good fishing for 12 to 15 inch fish with the occasional 16 to 20 inch fish being taken.    Fly rodders should also try the usual assortment of nymphs under an indicator as well as wooly, seal and crystal buggers. Scuds, midges, and small Blue Winged Olives are all worth a try.  Save the BWO’s for the sunny afternoons.  Of course the usual small hares ears, PT’s, copper Johns and buggers are all staples here. The collection ditch is artificial lures and flies only.

 

SOUTH FORK RESERVOIR

The surface water temperatures were in the low to mid 50’s this week, though with the rain forecast over the weekend it could drop a bit.  With the warmer temperatures, trout fishing has picked up and anglers were reporting both good numbers and size of trout over the past two weeks.  The south end of the lake is still very turbid (muddy) due to the high flows of the river feeding the lake.  Don’t fish there, fish where the water is clearer.  Anglers do continue to catch some fish along Jet Ski Beach, but coves further north such as Tomera, the boat ramp cove and those closer to the dam are probably the best bets though the west side of the lake is clearer than the rest of the lake.  The fish being caught are averaging between 15 and 20 inches with an occasional 22 inch fish being caught.  A couple of anglers report catching both largemouth and smallmouth bass earlier in the week.   Remember, black bass must be returned immediately upon being caught until July 1.   Anglers were having some luck using PowerBait or worms but fishermen were doing well with chironomids and midge emergers.  The trick is to not fish to far from shore as the fish are moving into the shallower warmer water and to use very small presentations.  Chironomid patterns are the ticket for fly rodders.

 

WILDHORSE RESERVOIR

Wildhorse is not only ice free, but it is spilling!  You can launch a boat and the boat dock is in the water.  For the first time in a few years, the boat ramp is under water and ready for use.  Fishing has been slow to fair for trout as the water temperature is still in the mid 40’s.  Expect bass fishing to be slow this year as the bass fishery recovers from the drought. Bait fishermen should use the usual worms or PowerBait here.  Garlic PowerEggs of just about any color seem to work very well.  Spin fishermen should be using spinners and minnow imitators like Rapalas.  This time of year gold, black and gold, or green and gold spinners work well.  For the minnow imitating lures, black over white or silver, dark blue over white or silver and dark green over white or silver work well.  Fly rodders should be using chironomids, hares ears, PT’s and wooly buggers. The campground is open and is on a first come first served basis.  

 

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR

Extremely low water levels with warm water make this reservoir a poor choice for fishing. Not worth the trip.

 

WILSON RESERVOIR

The road to Wilson is open and Wilson is ice free. The lake is spilling with enough water going over the new rock below the spillway to let trout move down into the river and pools below the spillway.   Expect similar conditions to South Fork and anglers should use the same presentations.   Parts of the road are rough, so take your time driving.  No recent report from anglers.