South Fork Reservoir Fishing Report

South Fork Reservoir - Elko, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

Fishing has been good here as anglers report catching wipers, trout and black bass. Flows coming into the lake are very heavy running between 30 and 50% above normal. This is bringing lots of muddy water and debris into the south end of the lake. PowerBait seems to be working better than worms for trout. Fly rodders should start using damsel fly nymphs along the weed beds. Chironimids such as snow cones, frostbite chironomids, zebra midges and blood midges are working as the midges continue to hatch. They should be fished right off the bottom in about six to eight feet of water with muddy bottom. Of course the usual wooly buggers, seal buggers and leech patterns are all effective. With the warmer water, black bass are also getting more active and fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass is picking up. Please give the guard males on the spawning beds a little respect. Often one boat after another floats over them, catches and then releases the same bass all day. There are other bass hanging off the beds in a bit deeper water than can be caught. Drop shotting for bass is working well. Wipers are showing up in the creel with some nice fish being caught along the no wake buoy line at the south end of the lake 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. Black bass must be released until July 1.

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