Fishing is best in 5-to-10 feet of water

South Fork Reservoir - Elko, NV (Elko County)

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

The southwest shore between Coyote Cove, Jet Ski Beach, and Fisherman’s Point remains at about 12″ – 14″ of solid ice. The areas of Tomera Cove and the Boat Ramp have 8″-9″  inches.  Expect several inches on snow atop the ice and some areas with deeper drifts. Rainbow trout fishing is fair. The bite is very light, be sure to have your rod in hand to set the hook. Successful anglers are catching fish in the 14-18 inch range with an occasional 20 inch fish.  Fishing is best in 5-to-10 feet of water. Combinations of worms, corn, and PowerBait on jig heads were working well. Some lures are also seeing action. Ice fishing holes must not exceed 10 inches in diameter (NAC 503.583). Limit of 5 trout.

NOTE: There is a large pressure ridge at the mouth of Boat Cove with some less stable ice from there toward the dam.  There is unsafe ice where the river enters the reserveroir at the south end. Always drill test holes, be cautious, and  come prepared with safety gear.

More Reports

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Friday, February 24th, 2023

Comins Lake: Comins Lake is 100 percent ice covered with a few small areas with weak ice present
Wild Horse Reservoir: Ice as thick as 20 inches has been reported at the reservoir