Ruby Lake NWR Fishing Report

Ruby Lake NWR - Elko, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

Narciss boat ramp is bone dry and the main boat ramp water level is also very low with the floats holding up the dock resting on mud. The concrete ramp is completely out of the water and only car-toppers, canoes and kayaks are recommended at the main boat ramp. While bass fishing died off this past weekend with the cold weather, this weekend’s warmer weather may bring a few back into play. Fishing in the collection ditch is fair to good. Most anglers are catching 12 to 14 inch tiger trout using a variety of flies, spinners and lures with an occasional 16-20 inch fish being taken. Flies that are working include prince nymphs, frostbite chironomids, black or olive wooly buggers, crystal buggers, PT’s, black callibaetis and mayfly emerger patterns. Dry flies should include Adams, PMD’s small elk hair caddis, damsel fly adults, hoppers, ants and small stimulators. However, with the cooling temperatures, expect nymphs and buggers to start out producing the dry flies. The collection ditch is artificial lures only. Fishing in the collection ditch will only get better as we get further into fall.