South Fork Reservoir

South Fork Reservoir was built in 1988 with recreation specifically in mind. It lies entirely on public land managed by Nevada Division of State Parks.

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Region
Eastern
County
Elko
Type of water
Lake or Reservoir
Fishing Report

The boat ramp is officially open and the dock is in the water. Clarity at the south end of the lake is poor due to snowmelt running in at the inlet. Action for shoreline anglers has slowed since March. Most anglers are having luck fishing near the dam, catching rainbow trout in the 15″-18” range. Anglers should fish the shallows, where the water is warmer. Try fishing bait near the bottom or a few feet under a bobber. The bass bite is just beginning to pick up. All bass are catch and release from March 1 – June 30.

South Fork Reservoir Angler Guide Information

04-17-2024

Stocking Updates

Stocked Species Inches Date Stocked Year to Date
2912Rainbow Trout10.611-01-2023107465
9198Rainbow Trout7.910-17-2023104553
10421Rainbow Trout7.410-17-202395355
19619Rainbow Trout7.910-17-202384934
2121Brown Trout10.710-11-20237077
4956Brown Trout1110-09-20234956
3340Rainbow Trout9.106-28-202365315
6624Rainbow Trout8.806-28-202361975
6552Rainbow Trout8.806-22-202355351
2562Rainbow Trout8.806-22-202348799
3210Rainbow Trout8.406-22-202346237
7398Rainbow Trout8.506-21-202343027
6966Rainbow Trout8.606-13-202335629
6544Rainbow Trout8.506-12-202328663
2600Rainbow Trout9.906-12-202322119
350Wiper906-07-2023350
16400Channel Catfish506-07-202316400
2678Rainbow Trout9.306-01-202319519
11854Rainbow Trout9.405-25-202316841
4485Rainbow Trout9.005-25-20234987
502Rainbow Trout9.605-11-2023502

Pertinent Information

South Fork Reservoir comprises 1,640 surface acres and has a maximum depth of 67 feet at full capacity. It stores excess flow from the South Fork Humboldt River and is operated to release only the amount of water that flows in. The reservoir contains rainbow, brown, and bowcutt (rainbow x cutthroat hybrid) trout along with smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, wipers (striped bass x white bass hybrid), and channel catfish. Harvested rainbow trout average about 16 inches and bowcutt trout are usually greater than 19 inches. Black bass reach up to 21 inches and wipers range from 6 to 12 pounds. Most bait such as nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, and Power Bait are best for trout, along with small spinner, spoons, and tied-flies. The typical small- and largemouth bass fishing lures such as rubber worms, crankbaits, spinner baits, and topwater work great; however, the abundance of natural feed can make angling success at times tough. Catfish are caught using the typical baits such as chicken livers, nightcrawlers, and large shrimp. Spring through early summer is the most productive time for anglers catching trout; however, fish the early morning hours in summer. Ice fishing during the colder months has also produced good results. The best bass fishing occurs in late spring. The entire perimeter of the reservoir is fishable with numerous access sites, but float tubing is very popular. South Fork State Park has a campground facility along with a few primitive camping spaces around the reservoir. Two improved, concrete boat ramps are located within the park on both sides of the reservoir.