Wind continues to play a part in fishing conditions

South Fork Reservoir - Elko, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

Surface water temperatures here are in the mid to high 50’s and should rise quickly once the weather warms up next week. Fishing has been fair to good depending upon the day for spin, bait and fly rodders. Wind continues to play a part in fishing conditions and fish the leeward shores where food is pushed into shallow water by wave and wind action. It makes casting more difficult but can provide good fishing. Bait anglers seem to be having the best luck with worms floated off the bottom about 20-30 feet from shore in six to 10 feet of water. Fly fishermen report that fishing has also been good for trout in the 15 to 20-inch range. Most are being caught with chironomid (midge larva) patterns fished under an indicator. Black or read snow cones with a white bead and contrasting red or black wire ribbing have been working well. Black, olive or purple wooly buggers and leech patterns are also catching fish. A few smallmouth, largemouth and wipers have shown up in the creel. Male bass have transitioned from the deeper water to the spawning beds hanging in about 15 to 20 feet of water and moving into warmer shallower water to feed. With the warmer weather predicted bass fishing should pick up next week. Use a thermometer to find the warmer water for bass. If targeting these warm water fish, slow down the retrieve as the water is still well below their comfort zone and they are moving slower. Chartreuse was working for the wipers and chartreuse or light olive appeared to be working for black bass. South Fork was stocked with 500 wipers and 10,000 catfish two weeks ago. It has also been stocked with approximately 41,000 trout this spring. No black bass may be kept until July 1. Return them to the water as soon as they are caught.

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