Fishing For Trout Has Been Fair

South Fork Reservoir - Elko, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

Fishing for trout has been fair, while bass fishing has been fair to good.  Surface water temperatures are around 60 degrees and dropping. Algae still stains the water but is starting to clear. Aquatic plants should start receding as the weather cools.  Fly fishermen fishing chironomids (midge larvae) or small nymphs in black or red under an indicator are finding success.  Fishing snow cones and midge larva a foot off the bottom in four to 10 feet of water is working well. Fishing mud bottoms with these presentations on the northwest side of the lake has been effective. Trout have also been caught along the weed beds south of the buoy line at Jet Ski Beach using brown or black leech patterns.  Trout are moving into the coves as the water cools and fishing from shore has definitely improved. Bait anglers have had success using nightcrawlers with a bit of PowerBait or a marshmallow to help them float off of the bottom. Bass fishing has been good for both smallmouth and largemouth using soft plastic baits in dark colors near structure. Fishing below the dam in the river has been slow with very low flows. The state park campground is open at 50% of capacity.  

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