Fishing for bass continues to be good

South Fork Reservoir - Elko, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

Fishing for bass continues to be good while fishing for trout is fair for numbers and good for size though anglers are having to go deep to catch trout.  The surface water temperature is in the mid to high 70’s, is green with algae and aquatic vegetation is growing in the shallows.  The warmer water is helping the bass bite but slowing the trout.  Fish deeper water for trout, about 15 feet below the surface, and fish structure for bass.  Spinner baits, blade baits, soft plastics have all been working for bass. In low light conditions, topwater action has been good on still mornings and evenings.  Anglers are also having some success with both worms and PowerBait.  Flies that have caught fish include leech patterns, red copper Johns, wooly buggers, hares ears and chironomids (midge larva) patterns. Ice cream cones, red butt buzzers, red and silver zebra midges, red brassies and frostbite chironomids are all working if you can get them deep enough.  Fishing at Jet Ski Beach has been fair for trout. The boat ramp at Jet Ski Beach is not useable due to a drop off at the end of the ramp which will get your trailer tires stuck.  Anglers may keep one black bass 15 inches or longer.