Hot Spot: Ruby Lake NWR Collection Ditch

Ruby Lake NWR - Elko, NV (Elko County)

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

As We celebrate the #25DaysofFishmas, this Saturday’s Hot Spot is the Collection Ditch at Ruby Lake NWR in Elko County. As cold temperatures set in, area waters are freezing. But the collection ditch is fed by springs that come out of the ground at 51 degrees, keeping much of the ditch open for fishing. Local anglers fish the ditch from mid-December to mid-April for trophy sized trout, some exceeding 10 lbs. There are tiger, rainbow, cuttbow, and brown trout here. Currently the water is stained, which is advantageous for anglers. Regulations state that only artificial lures or flies may be used. Fish wooly or crystal buggers and leech patterns in black, purple or dark olive. If the water starts to clear, egg patterns or egg sucking leeches may catch a few. Warm breezy afternoons may see a blue winged olive hatch, so BWO emergers and dries may work. For spin fishermen try dark spinners and rooster tails when the water is stained and brightly colored lures when it is clear.

More Reports

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, December 16th, 2020
: NDOW Southern Fishing Report
Lake Mead: Lake Mead Fishing Report
Lake Mohave: Shoreline Anglers Are Reporting Good Striper Action
Colorado River - Laughlin: Stocked Rainbows Are Keeping Anglers Busy
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Fishing is Slow Due to The Thin Ice
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Covered With Thin Ice & Snow
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Limited Shoreline Access
: NDOW Western Fishing Report
Wall Canyon Reservoir: Continue To Fish Well For Trout
Truckee River: Truckee is in Excellent Condition & Fishing Well
Topaz Lake: Closed to Fishing Until Jan. 1st
Squaw Creek Reservoir: Fishing Can Be Productive in The Winter
Spooner Lake: Remains Open During The Winter Months
Rye Patch Reservoir: Fishing Has Been Good For Bass
Onion Valley Reservoir: Closed to Fishing For The Season
Marlette Lake: Closed to Fishing For The Season
Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area: Closed to Fishing For The Season
Lake Tahoe: Good Reports of Small Macs
Lahontan Reservoir: Fishing Has Slowed With The Cold Weather
Knott Creek Reservoir: Closed to Fishing For The Season
Hobart Reservoir: Closed to Fishing For The Season
East Walker River (NV): Flows Are Down to Winter Rates
Carson River: Fishing Has Been Good on The Carson
Blue Lakes: Closed to Fishing For The Season
Bilk Creek Reservoir: Ice is Starting to Take Hold

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Saturday, December 12th, 2020
Wilson Reservoir: Wilson Reservoir Fishing Report
Wild Horse Reservoir: Wildhorse Report
South Fork Reservoir: 90% Covered in Unsafe ice
Ruby Lake NWR: Fishing Has Been Good
Jiggs Reservoir (Zunino Reservoir): Covered in Unsafe Ice
Jakes Creek Reservoir (Boies Reservoir): Fishing is Done Until Ice is Safe
Comins Lake: Mostly Covered With 5-6 Inches of Ice
Illipah Reservoir: Covered in Unsafe Ice
Cold Creek Reservoir: Cold Creek Reservoir Report
Cave Lake: Expect Unsafe Ice For Much of The Winter
Angel Lake: Angel Lake Report