Fishing has been fair for 13 to 16-inch fish

Ruby Lake NWR - Elko, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

Someone punched through the drift at the top of Harrison Pass, but it is still iffy to go over the pass especially with the recent snow.  Only those vehicles with high clearance and good tires should attempt it.  There are still some drifts on the west side of the pass that could cause some problems.  Carry chains and a shovel.  It is still advised to use Secret Pass.  The roads in Ruby Valley are in good condition. With the warmer weather there is plenty of open water in the collection ditch for fishing.  Fishing has been fair for 13 to 16-inch fish depending upon the day and location on the ditch.  A few in the 20 + inch range are occasionally reported.   With the cold-water conditions fish deeper areas and springheads where the water is a bit warmer. Chironomid patterns such as zebra midges, Yankee buzzers, chromies and ice cream cones should work. Other flies such as Leech patterns, balanced leeches, crystal buggers, #14-16 hare’s ears, and #16-18 PT nymphs and chironomids under an indicator are recommended.  Egg patterns can be effective this time of year here.  Spin anglers should be using small spinners in black or olive with contrasting yellow or red colors.  Much of the ice at the boat ramp is disappearing with the warmer weather but no recent reports of anglers fishing at the ramp.