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 still has unsafe ice, but if it isn’t gone by this weekend, it should be gone by next. There is open water at the Cave Creek inlet just past the float tube launch. The usual PowerBait or worms as well as small spinners, panther Martins or rooster tails should all work.
COLD CREEK RESERVOIR
Cold Creek is ice free and fishing should be good. Anglers should do well on Power Bait, Mepps, Panther Martins, and nightcrawlers. Flyfishers will do well on nymphs and emerger patterns.
Unsafe ice with open water in the north lake and the extreme south end of the lake that is fishable. However, the ice has come back to cover more of the lake, but it is still unsafe. Anglers report catching limits in the open water using worms, though PowerBait should also work. Fly fishermen should be using wooly buggers, prince nymphs, damsel fly nymphs, hares ears and pheasant tail nymphs.
As of last week Illipah Reservoir was starting to open up with open water along the western and eastern shorelines. With the warmer temperatures and the wind on Thursday, it should have opened up quite a bit more. The best angling opportunities are going to be from the western shoreline. Fishing off the receding ice edge could produce quality trout. The reservoir is sitting at approximately 95% of capacity.
JAKE'S / BOIES RESERVOIR
Jakes Creek is ice free and now is the time to fish it from shore before the weed growth kicks in. It is generally pretty good for trout right after ice out using a variety of presentations including worms, PowerBait, spinners and flies.
JIGGS / ZUNINO RESERVOIR
Zunino Reservoir has open water for fishing, but no recent word on fishing success. Expect it to be fair to good using the usual PowerBait or worms.
Streambanks are very slick with ice and snow and in many areas very muddy. Anglers should be aware that as you approach the streams, the roads often become quite soft and it is easy to get stuck. Combine Thursday’s rain with snowmelt from the warm temperatures and anglers can expect very turbid water and high flows. Fishing has been slow in most streams. Fish are lethargic due to the colder temps and presentations must be slowed down. If you do fish the streams large dark presentations will probably work best.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
Most of the lakes are iced up and due to snow pack, 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
Fishing has been fair to good at the collection ditch depending upon the day and the experience of the angler. The water is turbid, so for the most part sight fishing is out. 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. The fish are moving, so if you don’t have much luck in one area, pack up and hit another. Harrison Pass was open on Wednesday, but who knows what Thursday’s storm did to the pass.
SOUTH FORK RESERVOIR
South Fork is now ice free and fishing has started to pick up. Last weekend several anglers reported good luck both on the west side at Jet Ski Beach and in the main boat ramp cove on the east side of the lake. The fish being caught were averaging between 16 and 20 inches with a number of them coming in over 20 inches. Most anglers are having some success with PowerBait or worms, while fly rodders should be using chironomids, hares ears, prince nymphs and buggers. Sherbet PowerBait fished using a slip sinker off of the bottom about 25-30 feet from shore seemed to work the best.
At last report, the ice was receding providing open water for fishing, but the majority of the lake was still ice covered. Fishing the open water had been productive for fly fishermen using nymphs, chironomids and stripping buggers. No report of bait or spin anglers hitting the water, though right after ice out fishing can be good for all types of gear.
WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR
Due to a damaged outflow structure, the lake has completely drained. Barrick Gold is working on repairing the outflow valves of the dam with the expectation that we may be able to capture snowmelt later in the spring.
The road to Wilson is rutted and the lake is approximately 50% of capacity and ice free. No recent word on angling success.