Trout Fishing is Picking Up

South Fork Reservoir - Elko, NV (Elko County)


by Nevada Department of Wildlife
10-9-2020
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Fishing for trout is picking up with anglers reporting productive mornings on the lake.  Bass fishing is slowing down a bit but anglers continue to catch nice sized bass.  Surface water temperatures are starting to drop into the high 50’s and algae still stains the water but is starting to clear. Aquatic plants should start receding as the weather cools.  Fly fishermen are catching fish at the south end of the lake along the dying weed beds using black or brown leech patterns with an intermediate sink line.  They also continue to have success fishing chironomids (midge larvae) or small nymphs in black or red under an indicator.  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 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 fair to 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.  South Fork is scheduled to be stocked with trout next week



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