South Fork Reservoir Fishing Report

South Fork Reservoir - Elko, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

Surface water temperatures have moved into the mid to high 60’s and fishing for bass has been good. With the warmer temperatures and sunny days expect the algae to get thicker and the weed beds at the south end of the lake to start forming. Fishing has been fair to good for trout depending upon the day for spin, bait and fly rodders. 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 fair to 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 red snow cones with a white bead and contrasting red or black wire ribbing have also been working. Black, olive or purple wooly buggers and leech patterns as well as damselfly nymphs are other patterns to try. Mayflies are starting to appear so the usual Mayfly patterns such as pale morning duns (PMD’s), Adams, light Cahills and blue winged olives should work. Spin fishermen should be using gold colored spinners or lures for trout. Male bass have transitioned from the deeper water to the spawning beds hanging so please give them a break and don’t fish the beds. If fishing for bass, fish the deeper transition water just offshore. 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 a few 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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Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Friday, June 10th

Comins Lake: Surface water temperatures are in the mid to high 60’s
Illipah Reservoir: Surface water temperatures have moved into the mid 60’s

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, June 8th

Wilson Common Pond: Wilson Common Pond Fishing Report
Truckee River: The river is in excellent condition and fishing well
Squaw Creek Reservoir: The inlet has fished well for trout this spring
Washoe Lake: Expect slow fishing with some areas being more productive than others with low water
East Walker River (NV): Hopper time is almost here!
Walker Lake: An increase in the lake level is key to the fishery rebounding
Virginia Lake: Warmwater species that can be fun to target when trout fishing slows
Wall Canyon Reservoir: Fishing for both smallmouth and trout has been good at Wall this spring
Topaz Lake: Topaz Lake Fishing Report
Spooner Lake: Spooner has been fishing well
Liberty Pond: Liberty Pond Fishing Report
Marilyn's Pond: Marilyns Pond Fishing Report
Humboldt River: Fish in the Humboldt River are self-sustaining and stocking is not necessary
Hinkson Slough: Trout fishing has remained good here
James Kinney Pond: James Kinney Pond Fishing Report
Knott Creek Reservoir: Closed to fishing until June 11, 2022
Lahontan Reservoir: The lake is down and fishing is excellent
Lake Tahoe: Toplining for large rainbow and brown trout has also been productive in shallower water
Onion Valley Reservoir: Closed to fishing until June 11, 2022
Mitch Pond: Mitch Pond Fishing Report
Marlette Lake: Closed to fishing until July 15, 2022
Mountain View Park Pond: Mountain View Park Pond Fishing Report
Paradise Park Ponds: Paradise Park Ponds Fishing Report
Little Humboldt River - North Fork: Little Humbolt River North Fork Report
Rye Patch Reservoir: Fishing has been good for smallmouth and white bass
Seemand Pond: Seemand Pond Fishing Report
Sparks Marina Park Pond: Sparks Marinra Park Pond Fishing Report
Baily Fishing Pond: Baily Fishing Pond Fishing Report
Davis Creek Park Pond: Davis Creek Pond Fishing Report
Chimney Dam Reservoir: Fishing should get better as we near the end of June
East Carson River (NV): We’re definitely near the end of the runoff season on the Carson
Carson River: Flows are just above 300 csf on the Carson
Blue Lakes: Closed to fishing until June 11, 2022
Bilk Creek Reservoir: Fishing has been fair at Bilk for stocked and carryover trout
Ruby Lake NWR: Ruby Lake Collection Ditch Fish Survey