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Eastern Nevada Fishing Report

Courtesy of NDOW

Updated:4/25/2018

ANGEL LAKE

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.  NDOT’s website projects a May 15 date for having the road open as long as the weather cooperates. 

 

CAVE LAKE

Cave Lake is ice free and fishing has been good for 10 to 12 inch trout.  The usual PowerBait or worms as well as small spinners, panther Martins or rooster tails should all work.  Approximately 8000 trout have been stocked here over in April.   

 

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     

 

COMINS LAKE

All ice is off the lake.  Although water is no longer leaving the lake, the lake is at capacity.  Anglers have been catching quality rainbow trout over 16 inches off a variety of bait, lures, and flies. Anglers should do well on Power Bait, Mepps, Panther Martins, and nightcrawlers.  Fly fishers will do well on smaller nymphs and emerger patterns.  Comins was recently stocked with approximately 4600 thirteen inch trout and 5000 nine inch trout  

 

ILLIPAH

All ice is off the lake and the reservoir is sitting at approximately 95% of capacity.  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 and PT nymphs.   

 

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.  Fishing has been good the past couple of weeks with one angler reporting a trout over 20 inches and several catfish being caught.  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. 

 

JIGGS / ZUNINO RESERVOIR

Very little change here as fishing for trout has been fair to good at Zunino. 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.  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 a week ago. 

 

MOUNTAIN STREAMS

Streambanks are still 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.  Fishing has been slow in most streams, though in rainbow waters there is a spawn going on.  Anglers are asked to stay off of the redds and fish the runs and pools.  Cleve Creek in White Pine County was stocked with approximately 1000 rainbow trout averaging just under 10” this week.  Nymphing and small spinners or dead drifting a worm are your best bets in the streams.  As of Wednesday, April 25, Lamoille Creek was flowing high at 58 cfs and the South Fork of the Humboldt River was flowing at 98 cfs above the reservoir.  The Bruneau was flowing at 146 cfs (half of average but difficult to fish) and the Jarbidge was flowing right at average for this time of year at 66 cfs.   In Lamoille Canyon you can get up to the nature trail but there is an avalanche blocking the road there.  Once that is cleared away (don’t know when that will happen) the road is clear up to the trailhead.  

 

HIGH ALPINE LAKES

Most of the lakes are iced up and due to snow pack, travel is not recommended.  Don’t expect them to start opening up until May. 

 

RUBY LAKE NWR 

Fishing has been 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, eggs and egg sucking leeches.  On warmer afternoons, there has been some small mayfly and midge hatches so blue winged olives, Griffith’s gnats, and Adams are all worth a try.  

 

SOUTH FORK RESERVOIR

Wipers and bass are showing up in the creel as the surface water temperatures move into the low to mid 50’s.  Anglers report catching trout along the northeast side of the lake between the campground and the dam.­ The trout being caught were averaging between 16 and 20 inches with a number of them coming in over 20 inches. The south end of the lake is also starting to produce wipers with Everett Wisener catching a new water record wiper weighing in at 16 lbs. 4 oz.!   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 from shore seemed to work the best. Small dark spinners and minnow imitating lures are also worth a try.  When it is cloudy darker colors seem to work best and when the sun is shining red and presentations with flash appear to be working for trout. South Fork has been stocked with approximately 25,000 eight to ten inch trout over the past couple of weeks and 15,000 five to six inch channel catfish on Wednesday, April 25. Regulations state that black bass may not be kept between March 1 and June 30, it is catch and release only.  One wiper 15 inches or longer may be kept. 

 

WILDHORSE RESERVOIR

Very little change at Wildhorse Reservoir.  The dock is in the water for boaters to use at the State Park boat ramp. Fishing has been good with fish averaging 14 to 18 inches with the occasional 20+ inch fish coming in.  Anglers report success all along the state park shoreline, Hendricks arm, Penrod and north to the last cove before the canyon to the dam.  On the west side, fishing has been good near the warm springs.  Sherbet PowerBait seems to be working well, but anglers report catching trout on worms, spinners, small spoons and evens small minnow imitations.  For fly rodders, chironomids are still key, though most common nymph patterns as well as wooly buggers are working. Wildhorse Reservoir was stocked with approximately 15,000 five to six inch channel catfish on Wednesday, April 25.

 

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 some moisture later in the spring. 

 

WILSON RESERVOIR

The road to Wilson is very rough, so take it slow.  The lake is spilling, barely, but it is spilling. The surface water temperature is in the mid to high 50’s, clearing up, and fishing for trout has been fair to good.  The same techniques and presentations that work at South Fork should work here.

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