The weather is looking to be pretty great this weekend with highs pushing into the low 80’s for the first weekend this year. This should be a good time to get out and enjoy some great outdoor recreation at one of our area lakes. There are two events coming up over the next couple of weeks for youngsters in our area. The first is Take a Kid Fishing Day on May 12th at the Spring Creek Marina. It will run from 8:00 am to 11:30 am with a random drawing for prizes held from 11:30 to noon for all entrants. It is open to all children 12 and younger and you do not need to be a resident of Spring Creek to attend. All children must be accompanied by an adult and it is free.
Since it’s Mother’s Day Weekend, Dads can give Mom Saturday morning off while they take their kids fishing. Then on Sunday, take Mom to breakfast. Lots of brownie points to be made with both the kids and Mom that weekend!
The next event is the Nevada Youth Fly Fishing Camp, also being held at the Spring Creek Marina the following weekend, May 19 and 20. It is open to youth ages 10-12 and they will learn all the skills necessary to become a fly fisher. Activities include fly casting, fly tying, insect identification, knots and fly tying. The event will end with the class fly fishing at the Marina. Space is limited to 12 students, so register early at 773-332-0551 or e-mail at email@example.com.
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 has been fishing has been good for 9 to 11inch trout. The usual PowerBait or worms as well as small spinners, panther Martins or rooster tails should all work. Approximately 8000 trout were 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
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.
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. The lake was stocked with approximately 3,000 eight inch fish earlier this week.
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.
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” last week. Nymphing and small spinners or dead drifting a worm are your best bets in the streams.
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 continues to be 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 small Adams are all worth a try.
SOUTH FORK RESERVOIR
Fishing has slowed once again at South Fork, though those fish being caught are nice fish. Fly rodders seem to be doing better than bait or gear fishermen. This is probably due to the fact that in the spring in our high desert lakes midge larva can make up to 80% of the trout diet. While fishing is slow to fair, anglers report catching some trout along the northeast side of the lake between the campground and the dam. The south end of the lake is also starting to produce wipers and some bass as the surface water temperatures climb into the 50’s. Most bait anglers are having some success with PowerBait or worms, while fly rodders should be using chironomids, hares ears, prince nymphs and buggers. Small dark spinners and minnow imitating lures with some red in them are also worth a try. When it is cloudy darker colors seem to work best and when the sun is shining presentations with flash appear to be working for trout. South Fork has been stocked with approximately 16,000 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.
Fishing continues to be good at Wildhorse, 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 and rainbow 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. Approximately 9,000 eight inch fish were stocked in Wildhorse earlier this week. The dock is in the water for boaters to use at the State Park boat ramp.
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.
The road to Wilson is very rough, so take it slow. The lake is spilling, barely, but it is spilling. There is not much snow pack in the mountains, so don’t expect it to spill very long. With low flows over the spillway, don’t expect the usual number of fish to be in the pools below it. The surface water temperature is in the mid to high 50’s, clearing up, and fishing for trout has been fair to good in the lake itself. The same techniques and presentations that work at South Fork should work here.
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