South Fork Reservoir Fishing Report

South Fork Reservoir - Elko, NV (Elko County)

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife
11-14-2019
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Water temperatures are in the 40’s here and the water has cleared up quite a bit.  Fishing the south end of the lake for trout has picked up a bit, but the best days appear to be when it is windy or cloudy.  Anglers at Coyote Cove were catching trout averaging 14 to 18 inches using worms or PowerBait.  Fly rodders from float tubes have done well with sparsely tied leech patterns along the weed beds at the south end of the lake.  Fishing is fair to good from the main boat ramp cove up to the dam. Black leeches have worked at the south end and chironomids were working at the main boat ramp cove. Other flies to try include black, brown or wine colored wooly buggers and leaches, hares ears, prince nymphs, Carrie specials, balanced leeches and copper Johns.  For spin anglers dark spinners with gold or yellow contrast colors and minnow imitating lures should all work. Bait fishermen should use very small worms on a small hook or PowerBait rolled into a bell shape and floated off of the bottom using a slip sinker. Bass fishing has slowed considerably.  Fishing below the dam in the river has been good with low flows around 15 cfs and with very clear water, fishing the pools is best. One wiper or black bass 15 inches or longer may be kept.



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