Bass Fishing in The South Marsh Has Been Good

Ruby Lake NWR - Elko, NV (Elko County)


by Nevada Department of Wildlife
7-17-2020
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Bass fishing in the south marsh has been good for numbers with anglers regularly catching 20 to 30 fish for a morning or afternoon’s worth of effort. There is approximately one keeper bass (10 inches or larger) for about every five fish.  Unit 21 is producing bass from the dikes using olive soft plastic grubs or olive wooly buggers and spinners.  The water temperature here is in the mid to high-60’s. Dark four to six-inch soft plastic grubs hooked weedless are the best bet for bass.  Good colors include dark green, brown, purple or blue.  Some anglers like a contrasting colored tail such as chartreuse, yellow or white.  If you are new to the marsh, stay on the main channel where there are marker poles.  However, some of the marker poles have fallen, so if you have a GPS, consider taking it and using the tracker feature so that you can follow your path back to the boat ramp.  Fishing the collection ditch for trout continues to be good though it is starting to slow.  Small dark flies fished dry or just under the surface have worked as have streamers and spinners.  There has been a Mayfly hatch going on so Mayfly nymphs, emergers and dries should work.  These include the usual small nymphs such as PT’s, hares ears, olive soft hackles, BWO emergers, red or blue copper Johns and prince nymphs. Wooly and crystal buggers in black, purple or olive are also working. Damselfly dries have also produced fish both in the ditch and the south marsh.



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