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The 60-degree weather we were experiencing seems to be over, with nights forecast to be in the single digits to the low 20s and daytime highs projected from the 40s to mid-50s. The weather service says there is little to no precipitation in sight for the near future. If this keeps up area streams and reservoirs are in for a hard time next summer.
That being said, with this weekend’s forecast of highs around 50 degrees, light winds and mostly sunny skies, this should be a great weekend to get out and fish. With the cooler water temperatures, fish are moving into the shallows looking for food.
This means that shore anglers should have a good chance to catch as many fish as boaters. Don’t be afraid to shorten your cast as many large fish are being caught in four to six feet of water, especially in low light conditions.
Surface water temperatures are around 45 degrees and trout fishing continues to be good though it will probably start to slow a bit when the temperatures start dropping closer to 40 degrees. The water is fairly clear but early in the morning the backs of coves are starting to ice up. Shore anglers are having good luck as trout have moved into shallower water, though boaters and float tubers seem to be doing just as well. Bass fishing is slow while keeper sized perch are showing up in the creel. Trout are averaging 15 to 19 inches with the occasional 20+ inch fish being taken. Flies to try include black/blood leeches, balanced leeches, and wooly buggers on a sinking line. This is also the time of year that midge larva are a staple for trout, so chironomid patterns are called for. Bait anglers are doing well with PowerBait or worms. Hendricks and Penrod arms both still appear to be good areas to catch fish though anglers are having luck around much of the lake. Almost 60,000 trout stocked in Wildhorse this fall.
South Fork Reservoir
Surface water temperatures have dropped into the high 40’s and the clumps of algae and weed beds are quickly receding.
For the most part trout fishing is still fair, with the south end of the lake producing more fish than other areas. Boaters and float tubers also seem to be doing better than shore anglers for trout, especially on the southeast side where the old ranch house used to be. With the lower water temperatures, bass fishing has slowed down. Fly rodders should be using chironomids, hares ears, flash back PT nymphs, prince nymphs, balanced leeches and wooly or crystal buggers for trout. Spinners and minnow imitating lures with some red in them should work for spin anglers. Dark soft plastic grubs with some sparkle are working for bass. With the water cooling the bass are moving down into the water column, deep running blade baits and crank baits should be working for bass.
Very little change here as the water level is very low and fishing for trout is fair to good, but the fish are smaller than at South Fork. Bass fishing is slow. Pray for a good winter to help fill Jiggs Reservoir.
Fishing for trout is good, while fishing for bass is fair. Trout are hitting hares ears, PT nymphs, red copper Johns, red brassies and chironomid patterns. Black or olive wooly and crystal buggers fished on an intermediate or full sinking line should also work. Bait anglers appear to be having some luck with garlic PowerEggs for trout. Worms are also working. 6,000 trout were stocked here this fall bringing the total for the year to just over 32,000 trout. Take advantage of the good weather, as the road can get really bad once winter sets in.
Ruby Lake NWR
With the cooler water temperatures, bass fishing has slowed considerably here. Surface water temperatures are in the mid-40’s, well below prime temperatures for bass. While some nice large bass are taken this time of year, bass fishing for numbers is pretty much done for the year. Fishing continues to be fair to good at the collection ditch for 12 to 16 inch trout. Small spinners and minnow imitations were producing some fish for spin fishermen, but fly rodders were doing better. Anglers should be switching to smaller dry flies on the warm afternoons, Ants, beetles, Griffith’s gnats, elk hair caddis and Adams are all good choices. However, wet flies will probably outperform the dries right now.
Jakes Creek/Boies Reservoir
Very little change here as the water level is low due to irrigation, but is starting to rebound a bit with the cooler temperatures. The weeds are dying off, but still making fishing from shore difficult. Best fishing is still from float tubes or small boats.
Cold Creek Reservoir
Trout fishing is good as the cooler temperatures have them more active and water levels start to come up a bit. Anglers should do well on Power Bait, Mepps, Panther Martins, and nightcrawlers for both trout and bass, though bass fishing is slowing down with the cooler temperatures. It’s time to start switching toward nymphs and small streamers for fly rodders. Chironomid patterns, PT nymphs, hares ears and small copper Johns are all worth a try Small black or olive bead head crystal buggers are still working well for both bass and trout. Bait anglers will have luck with night crawlers or chartreuse garlic flavored PowerEggs. 1,600 bowcutts have been stocked in Cold Creek Reservoir this fall.
Cave Lake is sitting at capacity with surface water temperatures in the mid to high 40’s and fishing is good. The usual PowerBait or worms as well as small spinners, panther Martins or rooster tails should all work. Still some dry fly action late in the afternoon.
With last year’s below normal snowfall and the hot dry summer, Comins is a few feet below normal for this time of year. The south end is still weedy causing access problems for shore fishermen and boaters alike. However, fishing is still good for trout and fair for bass with water temperatures in the mid to high 40’s. Largemouth bass catch rates have dropped off though trout fishing is still very good for 14 to 18 inch fish. Trout are hitting a variety of flies from scuds to nymphs to buggers as well as powerbait and nightcrawlers. Spin anglers should have luck with Panther Martins, Mepps spinners and rooster tails. Some bass are still hitting dark soft plastic grubs bounced along the bottom, deep diving crankbaits and blade baits. Comins was recently stocked with approximately 2,300 trout.
Water levels have come up and the lake is around 50 percent of capacity. Fishing is good for 10 to 12 inch trout with the occasional 14 to 16 inch fish being taken.
Very little change here. The road is still open, though there is some snow at lake level, and fishing continues to be very good for fly fishermen using a variety of presentations as the fish are getting as much food as they can before the lake freezes over. Dry fly fishing continues to be productive as has stripping small leech and bugger patterns. S
Lamoille Canyon will be closed to the end of November, so access to some of the more popular lakes, Lamoille, Island, Liberty and Favre is not practical. The access road to the Soldier Creek access to Hidden Lake closes every year in November to protect the road, though you can get in with a very long hike from the Ruby Valley side. Expect fishing to be good, though the further from the trailheads you go, the better the fishing. Anglers who like to fish the high mountain lakes need to get at it while the getting is good. Worms seem to produce better than PowerBait at the higher elevations and small spinners and rooster tails are also effective.
Dry flies may still be effective though nymphs should outperform them. Try floating small elk hair caddis, small stimulators, royal trudes, renegades and of course terrestrials: ants and beetles. In some of our northern Elko County streams October caddis are active and caddis nymphs are a great choice this time of year. Hares ears, copper Johns, PT’s and small soft hackle streamers are also good selections now. Lamoille Canyon is closed to the public due to dangerous conditions from the Range 2 Fire. Stream flows are below average due to a very dry summer and fall.