Fishing is Starting to Pick Up

South Fork Reservoir - Elko, NV (Elko County)

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by Nevada Department of Wildlife

Fishing is starting to pick up with several anglers reporting good fishing the past couple of weeks using flies, bait or spinners. Over the past few weeks SF has been stocked with approximately 55,000 rainbow trout. Fishing small PT’s, hares ears or chironomids under a strike indicator have all worked.  Snail patterns and black leeches with some red flash should also be effective.  Like most of our high desert reservoirs, damselflies are hatching so damselfly nymph patterns should be effective.   The southwest side of the lake has been productive as has Tomera Cove, Hastings Cove and on either side of the dam.  Catfish have become active and anglers may want to try raw shrimp fished in low light conditions or at night. Surface water temperatures are in the mid 60’s.  Fishing below the dam in the river has been good though flows are high. The black bass are spawning so please give the guard males on the nests a break and fish the transition waters.  No black bass may be kept until July 1.

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