The water level is up making shore access difficult in many areas due to brush. If you have a float tube, kayak or canoe it will definitely help out. Bait anglers have seen fishing slow as aquatic insects are coming out, though fly fishermen are finding fishing very good. Fly rodders have had success using small elk hair caddis, hopper or stimulator with an olive or peacock soft hackle dropper below though any dropper fly with green or peacock herl will work. Small spinners and rooster tails should also be effective, just give them enough time to sink to the level the fish are at.
Fishing is good for both trout and largemouth bass. 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 dry flies are also working mid-morning and late afternoon.. This lake was recently stocked with approximately 2000 rainbow trout.
Fishing has been good especially for those trolling in a boat. Though shore anglers are doing well also. Fish are averaging 10 to 15 inches, including some nice fish in the 15 to 20 inch range. 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 this spring. Please return any bass you catch back to the water to help the bass population rebuild
Fishing is fair to good here with good water levels. 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. Illipah was stocked with approximately 18,000 fish this spring.
The lake is full and water conditions are good for fishing with trout fishing being good and bass fishing fair but picking up. The weeds have come on and shore anglers are finding it difficult to fish from shore, so if you have a float tube, canoe or other small vessel, it will definitely help. 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 the first week of May.
Good water level and fairly clear water have improved fishing conditions at Jiggs Reservoir and fishing is good here when the wind isn’t blowing. Shore fishermen don’t appear to be faring as well as boaters or float tube anglers. Remember this is a wakeless water. It is difficult to launch much more than a small rowboat or car topper due to water and shore conditions. Small spinners, PowerBait or worms should all work. While fly rodders should be using chironomids, hares ears, small nymphs and wooly buggers. Recently, brown nymphs and wooly buggers fished with a sink tip or intermediate sink line were working. Jiggs was recently stocked with approximately 2000 catchable trout.
Stream flows are dropping with some of Elko County’s streams becoming fishable. Lamoille Creek has seen a diminishing of flows but they are still very high dropping from around 250 cfs last week to 199 cfs as of this past Thursday. Lamoille Creek is fishable from the beaver ponds up, but still difficult to fish in the lower two thirds of the canyon. Streams in northern Elko County are flowing close to normal with the Bruneau at 55 cfs and the Jarbidge at 35 cfs and they are fishable Creeks in central Nevada are flowing at normal flows for this time of year and many such as Steptoe, Cleve and Ward Creeks are fishable.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
Due to the snow at higher elevations, travel in the high country is still difficult at this time except for experienced backcountry travelers. Lakes are starting to open up, depending upon exposure. It will be late July before many of these lakes are accessible. Island Lake is accessible and anglers report catching some brookies this past weekend. Last week access to Lamoille Lake was very difficult due to snow and the lake was about 90% covered in ice. The bridge on the footpath to Lamoille is out and there is lots of water on the stock path down low and lots of snow higher up. There is lots of water on the trails and a fair amount of erosion. Lakes further on the trail are still inaccessible.
Bass fishing is fair to almost good as the hot weather has the water warming up. The good news is that approximately three fourths of the fish caught are keepers. With water levels up the bass are spread out more so anglers need to move until they find them. Dark plastic four to six inch grubs with sparkles in them seem to be the presentation of choice. Colors include blue, dark red, dark green, purple and motor oil. Fishing in the ditch for trout is fair. Fly rodders should 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. Of course the usual small hares ears, PT’s, copper Johns and buggers are all staples here. Spin fishermen should try small minnow imitators and gold spinners. The collection ditch is artificial lures and flies only and no wading is allowed.
There is road construction south of the state park headquarters so those wanting to access the west side of the lake will need to go in through Twin Bridges. Expect this to continue throughout the summer. The surface water temperatures have climbed into the 70’s and trout fishing has slowed considerably due to this. Boaters and float tubers are starting to have better luck than shore anglers as trout transition into deeper cooler water. The trout are averaging between 13 and 17 inches with an occasional 20 inch fish being caught. Black bass are moving into vegetation at the south end of the lake. Wiper fishing is fair to good and many of the wipers appear to being caught at the south end of the lake near the buoy line along the old river bed. Anglers were having fairly good luck using PowerBait. Mayflies and damselflies are hatching, so flies such as pheasant tail nymphs, gold ribbed hares ears, pale morning duns and other mayfly as well as damselfly imitations should be used when these insects are seen on the water. Damselflies should be fished near vegetation and mayflies may be fished on more open water. South Fork has been stocked with a total of approximately 24,000 fish this spring. Anglers may keep one smallmouth or largemouth bass 15 inches or longer from this lake.
The lake is almost to capacity and fishing for keeper crappie has been fair to good. The road is rough so care should be taken driving here. Crappie should be in the shallows among the flooded willows and shrubs though you will lose some gear. Anglers report catching crappie in the rocks fishing a small white plastic grub under a bobber. Crappie like structure, so look for submerged brush, willows and rocks.