South Fork Reservoir Report

South Fork Reservoir - Elko, NV (Elko County)


by Nevada Department of Wildlife
7-17-2020
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Surface water temperatures are now in the 70’s and while the water is relatively clear for this time of year, phytoplankton is growing staining the water and weeds are coming on strong in the shallow water.  With the warmer surface water temperatures, trout are moving into deeper water and the bass fishing has been good. Early morning shore fishing for trout is fair and fishing from a boat is fair to good depending upon the day. Bass fishing around structure has been good.  Bass anglers are having luck with soft plastic baits and using drop shot rigs.  Fishing small PT’s, hares ears or chironomids under a strike indicator have produced some fish.  Snail patterns and black leeches with some red flash should also be effective.  Like most of our high desert reservoirs, damselflies are hatching so damselfly nymph and dry patterns should be effective.   The southwest side of the lake has been productive as has Tomera Cove, Hastings Cove and on either side of the dam.  Fishing below the dam in the river has been good though flows are high. One smallmouth or largemouth bass 15 inches or longer may be kept now.  This spring SF was stocked stocked with approximately 55,000 trout.



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