Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
With all the
thunderstorms that have been popping up, it may be time to re-visit water
safety when there are storms on the horizon.
First of all,
lightning, fishing rods and water are a deadly combination. According to the National Weather Service
(NWS), lightning killed 26 fishermen between 2006 and 2013. This is the top category for lightning deaths
in leisure activities across the United States.
Boating ranked third in lightning deaths with 14 people dying when they
were struck by lightning while boating.
As a general rule of
thumb, if you can hear thunder, lightning is close enough to cause you harm. Lightning may strike your area while the
storm may be as far as 10 miles away!
The NWS recommends
the 30-30 rule. When you see lightning,
start counting. If you hear the thunder
before you get to 30, it’s close enough to cause problems.
If you are on the
water when you see lightning or hear thunder, put your fishing rod down and
head to the nearest shore with a building or hard top vehicle and get
inside. You should then wait 30 minutes
after the storm passes before venturing outside.
Let’s change the
subject to something more fun.
Next Saturday is
Free Fishing Day. This is the one day of
the year that anglers may fish without a license, though all regulations and
limits apply. NDOW will be hosting a
non-competitive kids fishing derby on that day at the Chinese Gardens Nature
Study Area in Carlin. The event is open
to children 15 or younger, though the whole family is encouraged to fish. Contestants must be accompanied by an adult.
There will be
volunteers to help participants fish if needed, a t-shirt decorating booth and
the Ruby Mountain Fly Fishers will be there to show kids how to tie flies. All of this is free. In addition, every child who participates
will receive a free fishing rod and reel, while supplies last.
If you are going to
be in the Ely area, their Free Fishing Day event will be at Cave Lake State
Park with NDOW staff on hand to help kids fish and a free random drawing for
prizes starting at 11:30.
for both events starts at 8:00 with the derby running from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30
a.m. For more information, please call
777-2305 or e-mail email@example.com.
The road has been cleared and the
lake is free of ice, though there is snow along some of the shorelines. Fishing
was good last weekend for fly fishermen using beadhead hares ears and small
black crystal buggers. 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.
With surface water temperatures in
the mid 50’s, Cave Lake continues to fish well for 9 to 11 inch trout. 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 small
wooly buggers, prince nymphs, hare’s ears, pheasant tails and damselfly
nymphs. More than 12,000 trout have been
stocked here this spring.
Fishing has been good for trout. Anglers should do well on Power Bait, Mepps,
Panther Martins, and nightcrawlers.
Flyfishers will do well on nymphs and emerger patterns, though with the
warmer afternoons, dry flies may work if you see a hatch. Dry flies to try
include PMD’s, elk hair caddis, Griffith’s gnats, and Adams. Cold Creek has
been stocked with approximately 2100 trout this spring.
The lake is at capacity and anglers
continue to catch quality rainbow trout over 16 inches off a variety of bait,
lures, and flies. The lake is just below
capacity and boaters and float tubers are able to access most of the lake
easily. Anglers should do well on Power
Bait, Mepps, Panther Martins, and nightcrawlers. Fly fishers will do well on smaller nymphs
and emerger patterns. Comins has been
stocked with almost 10,000 trout averaging approximately 10 inches this spring.
Expect bass fishing to pick up as the
water temperature warms up.
Water levels have dropped over the
past couple of weeks and the lake is sitting at around 60% of capacity with
surface water temperatures in the mid 50’s.
Anglers should do well on Power Bait, Mepps, Panther Martins, and
nightcrawlers. This time of year fly
rodders should be using black or olive wooly buggers as well as chironomids,
hare’s ears, leech patterns and PT nymphs. Illipah has been stocked with approximately
7,600 trout so far this spring.
The lake is full with no
significant weed growth yet and fishing has been good the past couple of weeks. 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. The lake was stocked with approximately 3,800 eight
inch fish this spring.
Fishing is fair at Zunino though
one angler reported catching some blue gill. The water level is low, which
should have the fish concentrated, though anglers may have to walk through some
mud in areas to reach the shoreline especially after this week’s thunderstorms. 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. Jiggs was stocked with approximately 3100
eight to ten inch trout last month.
With the recent storms, stream
flows are high and difficult to fish.
With the below average snowpack expect flows to start to subside over
the next couple of weeks. Expect turbid
conditions due to this week’s rain. High
turbid conditions should continue into early next week making for difficult
fishing conditions. Anglers should be aware that as you approach the streams,
the roads often become quite soft and it is easy to get stuck. Swinging small spinners or streamers, Nymphing
or dead drifting a worm are your best bets in the streams. Dry fly fishing is still a few weeks away.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
Most of the lakes are iced up and due
to snow pack, travel is not recommended in the higher elevations at this time. However, with the light snow pack and warmer
weather, trails are starting to open up.
Fishing continues to be good at the
collection ditch. 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. Fly rodders should be
using hare’s ears, pheasant tails, prince nymphs, midge patterns, leeches, and
wooly buggers. On the warmer afternoons, there have been some small mayfly and
midge hatches so blue winged olives, Griffith’s gnats, and small Adams are all
worth a try. Remember, if you can see the fish, they can see you. Go low, slow and wear drab clothing. Anglers may put boats with electric motors on
the marsh starting June 15.
Fishing for trout at South Fork has
been slow, but several anglers report good success at the south end fishing
from float tubes near the willows for trout.
Surface water temperatures are in the high 50’s to low 60’s depending
upon where on the lake you are. Fishing
for both black bass and wipers has been fair to good. The south end of the lake is producing wipers and some bass as the surface
water temperatures climb into the high 50’s. This was before the storms that
moved in on Thursday that probably dropped the surface water temperatures a few
degrees. Most bait anglers are having some success for trout with PowerBait or
worms floated off of the bottom, while fly rodders should be using chironomids,
hares ears, flash back PT nymphs, prince nymphs, balanced leeches and buggers. Damselfly
nymphs are on the move so those patterns should also be tried. Small dark
spinners and minnow imitating lures with some red in them have produced a few
fish. Black bass may not be kept until
July 1. One wiper 15 inches or longer may
Water level at Wildhorse is still
holding above 95%, surface water temperatures are in the high 50’s and fishing
continues to be good with clear water conditions. However, algae is starting to
grow and will probably bloom with the forecast sunny warm conditions over the
next week. Trout are averaging 14 to 17
inches with the occasional 20+ inch fish being taken. Anglers report success all along the state
park shoreline, Hendricks arm, Penrod and north to the last cove before the
canyon to the dam, though the Hendricks Arm east of the highway has been
producing limits of fish regularly. Sherbet
and rainbow PowerBait seems to be working well, but anglers report catching
trout on worms, spinners, small spoons and evens small minnow imitations. For fly rodders should be using most common
nymph patterns such as hares ears, prince, PT’s and damselfly nymphs. Other flies to try include black leeches,
balanced leeches, and wooly buggers. Approximately
55,000 eight inch fish have been stocked
in Wildhorse this spring. The dock is in
the water for boaters to use at the State Park boat ramp. No black bass may be kept until July 1.
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 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 road to Wilson is very rough
and extremely muddy after all the storms we have had, and taking a trailer out there
isn’t recommended right now. Give it a few days to dry out. The lake is no longer spilling and there are
few fish below the spillway. The surface water temperature is in the mid to
high 50’s, clearing up, and fishing for trout has been good in the lake itself. Several anglers report not only good numbers
of fish but even a few fish over 20 inches, which is rare for Wilson. The same techniques and presentations that
work at South Fork should work here.