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The water level has dropped a bit so there is more shoreline for fishing. Bait anglers have seen fishing slow as trout are keying on aquatic insects.
No change here. Fishing has been good for 10 to 12 inch fish using worms or cheese baits under a bobber. Small spinners in black and gold or green and gold have been effective. For fly rodders: hare’s ears, pheasant tail nymphs, prince nymphs, small crystal buggers and Cave Lake specials are all good flies. Mayflies and damselflies are also hatching, so fish these imitations.
Fishing is slow to fair for trout and fair to good for bass. There continues to be a mayfly hatch so BWO’s, PMD’s, hares ears, Adams and Griffiths gnats are all worth a try for fly fishermen. The water level is still good with some of the willows in the water providing cover for bass, so fish for bass near the willows.
Water quality at Comins is in good shape and anglers are catching fish from both shore and boats, though boat and float tube anglers are having better luck.
While the water level is low, the lake isn’t losing any more water and the inflow appears to be keeping up with evaporation. Just like the rest of the eastern Nevada reservoirs, the trout fishing has slowed as they move into the deeper cooler water. 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. The trick is to get any of the presentations deep into the water column.
The shoreline is very weedy and shore anglers are finding it difficult to catch fish from shore. Trout fishing has been fair, while bass fishing has been good. However, right at dusk, the trout bite seems to turn on. Bass fishing is also good, especially in the evenings with anglers reporting a large number of 6 to 8 inch fish with keeper bass being caught about every fifth fish.
Shore fishermen don’t appear to be faring as well as boaters or float tube anglers as the edges are getting weedy and the fish are hanging in the deeper, cooler water in the middle of the reservoir.
Area streams are at or near normal flows making for good fishing. Not only that, but hoppers are out and this is the time of year to hit our creeks for some great dry fly action. Just be on the lookout for snakes.
HIGH ALPINE LAKES
Fishing is good to excellent at the higher elevations as trout take advantage of the short growing season. The same presentations and techniques that work at Angel all work well up here. Remember the further you get from the trailhead, there is less fishing pressure therefore the better the fishing is. All of the lakes are accessible.
We are at the peak time for bass fishing at the Refuge and bass fishing for keeper sized bass is good. 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 to good for trout depending upon the day, weather and angler.
The surface water temperatures are in the mid to high 70’s and trout fishing has slowed considerably due to this. Even boaters don’t seem to be having a lot of luck for trout. The trout being caught are averaging between 13 and 17 inches with an occasional 20 inch fish. 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 into October.
With surface water temperatures well above 70 degrees, trout fishing is slowing down and anglers are having their best luck early in the morning before it gets too hot or by fishing in deeper water. While fishing has been better for boaters, it is just fair for boaters and slow to fair for shore anglers. There is road construction on SR-225 between milepost 37 and Lone Mountain Station. During the week drivers can expect up to a 30 minute delays, though on the weekends this shouldn’t be a problem. Construction is expected to continue to the end of August.
Fishing for keeper crappie continues to be fair to good. The road is rough so care should be taken driving here. 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.
Wilson has the best water quality of the larger reservoirs in eastern Nevada with little algae growth though the water temperatures are hitting the mid 70s in the afternoon.