We haven’t had much of a winter in northeastern Nevada, both in temperature and in precipitation. When looking at the USGS SNOTEL sites area drainages on Thursday, January 18, 2018, are averaging around 70% of the long term average for the area. This is not good news for anglers for the upcoming summer if the trend holds.
A little bit of good news as we are scheduled for unsettled weather over the next 10 days to two weeks which will hopefully add some moisture to the snowpack. The only other good news is that area reservoirs are mostly at capacity after the last two wet winters.
Ice conditions are well below normal as well for this time of year. While Wildhorse continues to have safe ice, averaging about eight inches, South Fork is more open water than ice. Again, a bit of a bright spot is that temperatures are expected to fall which should help Wildhorse build some ice, but it may be too little too late for South Fork.
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.
There is approximately four inches of ice here, so drill some test holes before venturing too far from shore. Expect open water at the inlet end. The ice should start improving with the forecast colder temperatures and there will be a determination this weekend as to whether next weekend’s Rotary Club Ice Fishing Derby will be held. That being said, fishing should be fair to good for 10 to 12 inch trout using worms or PowerBait.
No recent report.
Expect four to five inches of ice, with some water around the edges due to the lake coming up a bit and the warmer than average temperatures. No recent reports from anglers.
At last report Jakes Creek is covered with five inches of good hard clear ice. The ice is extremely slick, so take care walking on it. There were no signs of anyone fishing the lake so we have no report on fishing conditions.
What ice is here should also be considered unsafe with some open water for shore fishing, though with the projected cooler temps that may disappear. There is an aerator to cut down on winter mortality and due to the aerator, don’t expect safe ice here at all, even if the temperatures fall. Anglers should use the same presentations as at South Fork.
Streambanks are very slick with ice and snow. Fishing has been slow in most streams. Fish are lethargic due to the colder temps and presentations must be slowed down. Travel to both Jarbidge and the Bruneau is now through Idaho.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
Most of the lakes are iced up and 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.
With the warm temperatures there is no ice here and fishing has been good depending upon the day and location. 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. Best places to fish appear to be where the current is strongest. The fish are moving, so if you don’t have much luck in one area, pack up and hit another. As of Thursday, January 18, 2018, Harrison Pass was open with little or no snow on it. However, snow was forecast for Friday, so depending on how much snow falls, will depend on driving conditions over the pass.
As of Thursday, January 18, the South Fork had more open water than it did ice. Fishing has been just fair, but those fish being caught ranged from 18 to 22 inches! What little ice there is should be avoided at all costs. Best fishing appears to be along Jet Ski Beach with shore anglers having some success with PowerBait or worms, while fly rodders should be using chironomids, hares ears, prince nymphs and buggers.
Due to a damaged outflow structure, the lake has completely drained.
No recent report, but chances are there is unsafe ice here and the road at last report was 4WD only due to mud. With the predicted storm moving through expect road conditions to stay the same.