Air temperatures have been above normal, which means that water temperatures are also above normal though almost all waters have surface temperatures in the 40s. A cold front is expected to move through northeastern Nevada on Sunday, bringing a little precipitation as well as dropping temperatures to more typical highs and lows for November.
This may mean that Saturday’s fishing may be good. Animals sensing a drop in the barometer will often become more active in the search for food to hold them over in the bad weather that often follows the drop in barometric pressure.
Sunday morning is also the time to set our clocks back an hour. Unfortunately, the fish don’t set their clocks back, so you may have to get up “earlier” (at least by what the clocks says) to get out when the fishing is good. Of course, this Sunday, anglers shouldn’t have too hard of a time with it as their bodies are still on the “old” clock.
NDOW will be holding free fly tying classes starting Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 6 pm. They will be held at the NDOW office at 60 Youth Center Road. This is a progressive fly tying class that will take place every Wednesday night except during holiday weeks until late March. The class will end with an introductory fly fishing class in the spring.
There are some fly tying kits available for loan on a first come, first served basis. Supplies for the class are provided by NDOW. For more information or to reserve a space in the class, call 777-2305 or email to email@example.com, or you can register for the class at www.register-ed.com.
Surface water temperatures are in the mid to high 40s, and trout fishing continues to be good though it will probably start to slow when the temperatures start dropping closer to 40 degrees. The water is clearing. Shore anglers are having luck as trout have moved into shallower water, though boaters and float tubers seem to be doing just a bit better. Bass fishing is fair, 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 when midge larva become a staple for trout, so chironomid patterns are called for. There is an occasional Mayfly hatch, so hares ears and pheasant tail nymphs should be part of your arsenal. 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 to low 50’s here and algae is also clearing here. 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. With the lower water temperatures, bass fishing is slowing 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. As the water cools and bass start 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 slowing down. PowerBait, nightcrawlers, and dark spinners with some red or yellow accents seem to be working. Black wooly buggers and seal buggers are producing fish and anglers may also want to try the usual nymphs especially mayfly nymphs such as hares ears and pheasant tails. The same tactics used at South Fork, should work here for both bass and trout. 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 good luck with garlic PowerEggs for trout. Worms are also working. 6,000 trout were stocked here last month. 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 no below 50 degrees, well below prime temperatures for bass. However, expect better quality fish to be taken, with the best time being late afternoon when the water is at its warmest. Unit 21 is still producing some bass from the dikes in the afternoon when the weather is warm, but that may drop off after this weekend’s cold front moves in. Dark soft plastics with some flash fished weedless are the presentation of choice. Best colors seemed to be purple, motor oil and dark green and 4-inch grubs are doing much better than 6-inch. 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. These include the usual small nymphs such as PT’s, hares ears, red or blue copper Johns, and prince nymphs. Wooly and crystal buggers in black, purple or olive are also working. In the crystal clear water of the collection ditch, if you can see the fish, they can see you. Go low, slow and wear drab clothing.
JAKES CREEK/BOIES RESERVOIR
Very little change here as the water level is very low due to irrigation and the weeds are still making fishing from shore difficult. Best fishing is still from float tubes or small boats. 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. Fishing for trout is fair while fishing for bass has slowed. Bass anglers should be using small dark colored plastic grubs or two tone plastic grubs.
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. 1600 bowcutts have been stocked in Cold Creek Reservoir this fall.
Cave Lake is sitting at capacity with surface water temperatures in the 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. Dries to try include Adams, Griffith’s gnats, ants, beetles, small stimulators, PMD’s and blue winged olives. Nymphs to try include prince, pheasant tails, hares ears, damsel and midge larva when fishing deeper water. Cave Lake has been stocked with approximately 10,000 trout over the past month.
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 high 40s. Largemouth bass catch rates have dropped off though trout fishing is still very good for 14 to 18 inch fish. Comins was recently stocked with approximately 2,300 trout.
Water levels have come up and the lake is around 50% 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. Stimulators, elk hair caddis, Adams, Griffith’s gnats, red quills and just about any small dry fly should still work. Bait anglers are not doing quite as well, but fishing is still fair to good for them. Small worms seem to work better than PowerBait here. Also small spinners in black and gold or dark green and gold are effective at Angel Lake. The water level is down, making for more shoreline for water access in front of the dam, brush, and trees.
With the recent snows at higher elevations it is recommended that only experienced hikers attempt to get to the high mountain lakes. 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. Fly fishermen will want to use small nymphs sized 12 – 18 such as hares ears, PT’s, prince nymphs, copper Johns as well as black or olive wooly buggers sized 10 and 12. Dry flies to try include Griffith’s gnats, small stimulators, elk hair caddis, small black Adams, humpies, ants and beetles.
Dry flies may still be effective though nymphs will probably outperform them. Try floating small elk hair caddis, small stimulators, royal trudes, renegades and of course terrestrials: hoppers, 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. With the vegetation starting to go dormant, stream flows in some areas have picked up just a bit. Cleve Creek is flowing at approximately 6 cfs (cubic feet per second), Steptoe at a little over 2, South Fork of the Humboldt at 6 cfs, the Bruneau up a bit at 12 cfs, the Jarbidge at 10 cfs and Salmon Falls Creek at 48 cfs.