South Fork Reservoir Fishing Report

South Fork Reservoir - Elko, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

Shore fishing for trout along Jet Ski Beach and the cove on the east side of the dam continues to provide decent fishing using worms or PowerBait depending upon the day. Coyote Cove and Tomera Cove have been slow for trou. The trick is to fish early and fish deeper. The south end of the lake is seeing a lot of weed growth. Fly rodders continue to have success with damsel fly nymphs fished along the edges of weed beds and in the backs of the coves early in the day. Of course the usual wooly buggers, seal buggers and leech patterns as well as the more common nymphs are all effective but a fast sinking line is needed to get the flies down to the fish. A few wipers havecaught along the no wake buoy line at the south end of the lake and near the spillway on the west side of the dam using black over silver and black over white crank baits, fire tiger minnow imitations and chartreuse crystal buggers and Clouser minnows. Good places to fish for trout include the north end of Jet Ski Beach, the last cove before the dam on the northeast side, the main boat ramp cove and from a boat or float tube at the south end of the lake. With surface water temperatures now firmly in the 70’s trout are moving into deeper water. Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing has been good using soft plastics in dark colors as well as crankbaits. Anglers may now keep one black bass fifteen inches or longer.