Dry flies have been working well

Ruby Lake NWR - Elko, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

The water level is low in the south marsh with levels that haven’t been this low since 2016.  However, boats can still be launched at the main boat ramp, though the Narciss boat ramp is unusable due to water levels and weed growth.  Boaters can still get around along the main channel from the north boat launch, though it gets difficult off the beaten path.  Surface water temperatures have dropped into the high 60’s  and expect the bass bite to slow down though it should still be good for the next few weeks. Anglers still report taking one keeper bass for every 20 fish or so.  Minimum keeper size is 10 inches.  Most of the keepers are in the 10-12-inch size.  Soft plastic grubs in blue, black or purple seemed to work the best.  Fishing conditions in the collection ditch have been fair for 13 to 18-inch trout depending upon the day and location. Dry flies have been working well as hoppers are out and trout are keying on them.  Hoppers, yellow stimulators and yellow elk hair caddis have all produced fish and should until we have a hard freeze.  Chironomid patterns such as zebra midges, Yankee buzzers, chromies and ice cream cones will catch a few fish. Other flies such as leech patterns, balanced leeches, crystal buggers, #14-16 hare’s ears, and #16-18 PT nymphs fished under an indicator are recommended. Like the south marsh, the weeds are thick in places in the collection ditch.  Fishing subsurface flies is limited to those areas of the ditch that are deeper and have less vegetative growth. Spin anglers should be using small spinners in black or olive with contrasting yellow or red colors as well as small minnow imitations.  The collection ditch is artificial lures only, no bait.

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