Courtesy of Nevada Department of Wildlife
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. Spin anglers can put a fly behind a bobber for casting and have better luck that way.
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 as the edges are getting a bit weedy and the fish are hanging in the deeper cooler water. 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. Please return any black bass back to the lake to help with rebuilding the bass fishery here.
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 200 cfs last week to 100 cfs as of this past Thursday. This is only 20 cfs above normal. Lamoille Creek is fishable from the beaver ponds up, and the parts of the lower creek with gentle grades are also fishable. Streams in northern Elko County are flowing close to normal with the Bruneau at 37 cfs and the West Fork of the Jarbidge at 23 cfs and they are fishable. The East Fork of the Owyhee was flowing at 67 cfs near Mountain City. 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
Trails and lakes are starting to open up, depending upon exposure. However, it will be late July before some of these lakes are accessible. Island Lake is accessible and anglers report catching some brookies this past weekend. The trail to Lamoille is opening up and there is enough water that is ice free for fishing. The bridge on the footpath to Lamoille Lake is out so use the stock path. Smith Lake (around the corner from Angel) is also open as is Hidden Lake. Hidden Lake access has some mud issues in the high meadows due to snow melt, but fishing for Lahontan cutthroat trout (LCT) is good for 10 to 13 inch fish with Smith Lake LCT averaging nine to eleven inches. There is lots of water on many trails due to snowmelt so good waterproof boots are recommended.
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 in the ditch. 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. Even boaters aren’t having a lot of luck for trout. The trout being caught 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. Mayflies and damselflies are hatching, so flies such as pheasant tail nymphs, gold ribbed hares ears, pale morning duns, blue winged olives (BWO’s) 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 45,000 trout this year. 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 underneath a bobber. Crappie like structure, so look for submerged brush, willows and rocks.