Some Anglers Limiting Out

South Fork Reservoir - Elko, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

South Fork is completely ice free and fishing has been fair, though occasionally anglers report catching a limit of fish. When anglers do report catching trout, they are averaging 16 to 18 inches with an occasional fish over 20 inches. Fly fishermen fishing chironomids (midge larvae) are having the best luck.  Most of the trout being caught have been in the backs of coves, along Jet Ski Beach and Coyote Cove and by the dam.  Fishing small PT’s, hares ears or chironomid emergers just under the surface has worked.  Blood midges fished just off the bottom are also worth a try.  Red copper Johns have been working near the dam for fish averaging 18 to 20 inches over the past week.  Water flows coming into the lake are turbid and causing muddy water at the south/inlet end of the lake.  If you can find water where it changes from muddy to clear fairly quickly, fishing the edges can be productive.  Water temperatures are in the high 30’s to low 40’s and fishing will probably continue to be slow to fair until it gets into the mid to  high 40’s.

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