South Fork Reservoir Fishing Report

South Fork Reservoir - Elko, NV (Elko County)

Spring Creek angler Megan Cleary caught several nice trout like this one using a size 4 olive bunny leech with a red underbody at South Fork earlier this week. South Fork is still ice free and fishing has been fair to good for 15 to 20 inch trout.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

As of Wednesday, December 4, the lake was ice free with surface water temperatures at the main boat ramp were still hovering around 40 degrees.  Generally, this lake is a week or two or three behind Wildhorse so may have open water for fishing for a while. Trout fishing has finally gotten good here with a number of angler reporting limits of three to five-pound trout!  Coyote Cove is still producing some nice fish averaging 14 to 18 inches using worms or PowerBait.  Fly rodders from float tubes and boats have done well with sparsely tied leech patterns along the weed beds at the south end of the lake and anywhere there is a ledge dropping off into deeper water. Fishing is fair to good from the main boat ramp cove up to the dam. Black leeches have worked at the south end and chironomids were working at the main boat ramp cove. Other flies to try include black, brown or wine colored wooly buggers and leaches, hares ears, prince nymphs, Carrie specials, balanced leeches and copper Johns.  For spin anglers dark spinners with gold or yellow contrast colors and minnow imitating lures should all work. Bait fishermen should use very small worms on a small hook or PowerBait rolled into a bell shape and floated off of the bottom using a slip sinker. Bass fishing is probably done for the year.

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: NDOW Southern Fishing Report