As of Thursday, March 3, South Fork was 90% open water

South Fork Reservoir - Elko, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

As of Thursday, March 3, South Fork was 90% open water with very unsafe ice on the north and eastern shorelines. Surface water temperatures on the west side were 41 degrees midweek.  The main boat ramp is still unusable as the cove is still ice covered.  The boat ramp at Coyote Cove is out of the water so is also unusable.  Fishing has been fair to good for spin, bait and fly rodders with most anglers fishing from Jet Ski Beach.   Bait anglers seem to be having the best luck with worms floated off of the bottom about 20-30 feet from shore.  Spin anglers report good luck with gold Kastmasters. Fly fishermen report that fishing has been fair to good for smaller trout with an occasional fish in the 15 to 20-inch range.  Most are being caught with chironomid (midge larva) patterns fished under an indicator. Black, olive or purple wooly buggers and leech patterns have also caught fish.  However, brown or rootbeer buggers and leeches with some flash have been doing well.  A few bass have been reported.