Ruby Lake Fishing Report

Ruby Lake NWR - Elko, NV (Elko County)


by Nevada Department of Wildlife
3-13-2020
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Very little change here.  With the drier weather, the road in Ruby Valley has dried out and has been graded. You can get through Harrison Pass, though it is definitely 4WD only and with this week’s forecast unsettled weather, may close again.  The collection ditch is ice free.  Water levels in the collection ditch are low and clear and fishing for trout is fair to good depending upon the day.  Anglers report catching mostly 10 to 14-inch fish in many areas, with a few 15 to 20 inchers thrown in every once in a while.  Stormy, windy or cloudy days seem to be the best. Anglers would do well to target areas where springs flow into the ditch or around culverts that create some flow between the ditch and the units.  Very small dark flies fished dry or just under the surface and egg patterns have worked as have streamers and spinners. In other words, BWO (blue wing olive) emerger and dry fly patterns, Griffith’s gnats and ants. Anglers should also plan to use the usual small nymphs such as PT’s, hares ears, olive soft hackles, red or blue copper Johns and prince nymphs in sizes from 14 to 18. Wooly and crystal buggers in black, purple or olive are also working. 



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