Don Q’s Fishing Report For Northern Nevada & Beyond: Feb. 11

Posted By on February 11, 2015

 

by Don Quilici, Special to the Carson Valley Times

Fishing Report

As of February 11

ADOBE POND:

Closed. Will re-open April 25, 2015.

ANGEL LAKE, ELKO COUNTY, NEV:

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (www.ndow.org) reports:

The road is closed to the lake and there will be no fishing reports for Angel Lake until late May of 2015.

BISHOP CREEK, AREA, CALIF:

Closed. Will re-open April 25, 2015.

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BOCA RESERVOIR, CALIF:

Mountain Hardware and Sports of Truckee (530-587-4844) (mountainhardwareandsports@gmail.com) reports: 

With recent releases here lake level is now at 20%. Very thin ice along the upper west shore, other than that lake is completely ice free!  

Nightcrawlers, Rapala’s, Power Bait, small Kastmasters, and jigs have been good for Rainbows and Browns.

BRIDGEPORT, RESERVOIR, CALIF:

Closed. Will re-open April 25, 2015.

CARSON RIVERS, CALIF:

Carson River East (Upstream from Hangman’s Bridge):

Closed. Will re-open April 25, 2015.

Carson River West:

Closed. Will re-open April 25, 2015.

CAVE LAKE, WHITE PINE COUNTY, NEV:

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (www.ndow.org) reports:

Cave Lake has between eight and ten inches of hard ice with about an inch of snow on top.

Anglers continue to have good luck with small spinners, Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs.

Last weekend most of the fish caught at the Ely Rotary Club Ice Fishing Derby were caught with either worms or Power Bait.

Fishing was good first thing in the morning, then there was a lull around 10:00 with it picking back up around 2:30 pm.

CHETCO RIVER, ORE:

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (800-720-ODWF) (www.dfw.state.or.us.com) reports:

Rain this week is expected to blow the river out.

Anglers will want to check flows before heading out.

The ODFW and local volunteers are collecting angler caught winter steelhead for the hatchery program on the Chetco River.

Adult steelhead donated by anglers are placed in holding pens along the river each day before they are taken to the hatchery.

Anglers interested in participating in the program can contact the ODFW Gold Beach Office at 541-247-7605 for more information.

CONVICT LAKE AND CONVICT CREEK, CALIF:

Closed. Will re-open April 25, 2015.

CROWLEY LAKE, CALIF:

Closed. Will re-open April 25, 2015.

DAVIS LAKE, CALIF:

Jim and Jeannie of the J &J’s Grizzly Store and Camping Resort (530-832-0270) (www.grizzlystore.portola-ca.com) report:

Feb 09, 2015

Everyone that showed up for the Winter Fishing Derby had a GREAT TIME! 

Lots of nice fish were weighted in. 

The First Place was a fish that weighted over 3.5 pounds! 

We will be posting pictures and more details on our FACEBOOK web page.

DONNER LAKE, CALIF:

Mountain Hardware and Sports of Truckee (530-587-4844) (mountainhardwareandsports@gmail.com) reports:

Donner has been fishing sporadically as some fisherman are still taking small Macks along the North shore and some around the China Cove area. 

Rainbows have been sporadic up and down the North shore with Power Bait or nightcrawlers. Kastmasters, Krocodiles, Roostertails, Rapalas or anything that will mimic a baitfish will elicit a bite.

EAGLE LAKE, CALIF:

Closed. Will re-open the Saturday of Memorial weekend.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR, LINCOLN COUNTY, NEV:

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (www.ndow.org) reports:

Most of the lake has open water with the upper end still showing a little ice.

Twelve- to thirteen-inch rainbows are taking both nightcrawlers and rainbow Power Bait. With the open water, and mostly decent conditions during the past week, fishing pressure has increased.

The campground and most facilities are open.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR, LINCOLN COUNTY, NEV:

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (www.ndow.org) reports:

The reservoir is ice free but has received little to no fishing pressure over the past week. If you are looking for a place to wet a line without fighting crowds, this is the place.

FALL RIVER, CALIF:

Closed. Will re-open April 25, 2015.

FORT CHURCHILL COOLING PONDS, LYON COUNTY, NEV:

Closed. Will re-open the second Saturday in February.

FRENCHMAN RESERVOIR, CALIF:

Rob Anderson of www.renoflyfishingoutfitters.com (775-742-1754) reports:

February 9th

The ice is all but gone and the fishing has been really good.

The lake is low but with colder water and it being the middle of winter there is not much weed growth and the entire lake is fishable.

Midges have been hatching in the afternoons on most days.

Fishing Albino Wino’s and Black Maholo Midges in size 12-14 has been working well. Especially fished under an indicator near deeper water.

You really only have to go down about 4-8 feet right now as well.

The fish are hot and fighting hard.

Not to mention that there is nobody around on most days. Frenchman’s is a sleeper right now and should be on the to do list for sure.

HAT CREEK, UPPER, CALIF:

Closed. Will re-open April 25, 2015.

HOBART RESERVOIR, WASHOE COUNTY, NEV:

Closed. Will re-open May 01, 2015.

HOOVER WILDERNESS AREA, CALIF:

Closed. Will re-open April 25, 2015.

HOT CREEK, CALIF:

Tom Loe of the Sierra Drifters Guide Service (760-935-4250) (www.sierradrifters.com) reports:

Hot Creek 2/4/15

Access is fine, no snow or ice in the canyon.

Rain in the forecast for the weekend.

The aquatic weed situation has improved opening up more fishable water.

Flows remain low, and the fish are hunkering in the deeper pools and slots with limited riffle water holding any numbers.

Midges are the only consistent hatches coming off currently with first generation BWO’s now emerging. First generation adults are large and a huge part of the trout’s winter/spring diet.

High winged dark olive, or dun colored bodies #16/18 are good profiles. Keep them well dressed to ride high in the foam.

PT’s & bird’s nest patterns are best for nymphs.

Small parachute midge or mayfly patterns used with a 10 foot leader are best for surface presentations when the fish are on the midges/or clusters.

There are a few sections that can be fished with a dry dropper nymph rig.

Small dead drifted Punk Perch, broken back zebras, small gillies, egg patterns, SJ worms, scuds, flashback PT’s, or assassin birds nest bead heads in #18 are good calls for the dropper.

This is a year around fishery with special regs in place.

ILLIPAH RESERVOIR, WHITE PINE COUNTY, NEV:

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (www.ndow.org) reports:

Illipah Reservoir is still 100% ice covered with about eight to nine inches of hard ice and an inch or so of slush.

Anglers are catching fish averaging 12 to 17 inches in five to nine feet of water using the usual assortment of nightcrawlers, mealworms and crappie jigs.

JAKE’S/BOIES RESERVOIR, ELKO COUNTY, NEV:

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (www.ndow.org) reports:

Jakes Creek has some open water around the edges, the ice looks gray and porous and should be considered unsafe.

JUNE LAKE LOOP, CALIF:

Closed. Will re-open April 25, 2015.

KIRMAN LAKE, CALIF:

Closed. Will re-open April 25, 2015.

LAUGHTON, CLARK COUNTY, NEV:

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (www.ndow.org) reports:

Colorado River:

Fishing for striped bass has picked up in the area.

One angler brought in a couple while fishing swimbaits from the shoreline near the Avi Bridge. Anchovies are a prime bait for this stretch of the river and will bring in both striped bass and catfish.

With temperatures expected to reach into the 80s this weekend, it should be a great time to be outdoors and get some quality fishing time in.

LUNDY LAKE, CALIF:

Closed. Will re-open April 25, 2015.

MAMMOTH LAKES, BASIN, CALIF:

Closed. Will re-open April 25, 2015.

MARLETT LAKE, WASHOE COUNTY, NEV:
Closed. Will re-open July 15, 2015.

MASON VALLEY WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA, NEV:

Closed. Will re-open the second Saturday in February.

LAKE MEAD, CLARK COUNTY, NEV:

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (www.ndow.org) reports:

Despite last week’s rains, anglers still reported successful fishing.

While the shad have been a little less than cooperative, the shad caught did well in bringing in the stripers. The fish have been found at depths of about 65 to 90 feet, with most ranging about two to four pounds.

With clear skies going into the weekend, now is a good time to get in on the fishing opportunities ahead.

LAKE MOHAVE, CLARK COUNTY, NEV:

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (www.ndow.org) reports:

A few anglers braved the recent weather front down at Willow Beach and were rewarded with multiple stripers averaging seven to eight pounds near mile marker 52. A rip bait was the lure of choice.

Reports have been light from the main body of the lake.

OREGON PACIFIC OCEAN AND BEACHES, ORE:

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (800-720-ODWF) (www.dfw.state.or.us.com) reports:

The ocean is open for harvest of Dungeness crab.

Anglers continue to catch surf perch from the beaches near Bandon and Coos Bay. The best fishing is usually on the incoming tide.

Sand shrimp is one of the best baits to use when fishing for surf perch.

Fishing for bottom fish, including rockfish and lingcod is open to all depths.

Marine daily bag limit is seven fish and a separate daily limit for lingcod (two).

Starting on January 15 anglers will only be able to keep 3 blue rockfish as part of their daily limit and there will be no harvest of China, quillback, or copper rockfish. Sometime in March, once a parallel federal rule is adopted, ODFW will announce that anglers can retain one canary rockfish as part of the marine fish daily bag limit.

Retention of cabezon is not allowed Jan. 1 – June 30.

OWENS RIVER, CALIF:

Tom Loe of the Sierra Drifters Guide Service (760-935-4250) (www.sierradrifters.com) reports:

Upper Owens River 2/4/15

Please be EXTREMELY careful when handling, or photographing fish at temperatures below twenty degrees. Fish removed from the water for more than a minute can literally “flash freeze” and die. Resuscitating BEFORE, & AFTER your fight is essential for a safe C & R on these wonderful fish. Do not remove them from the water immediately after you net them please. Keep their gills out of the silt and completely submerged while removing the hooks and reviving them.

A couple of significant changes to report here.  

The spring push of Crowley Steelhead is now on. We are seeing a fresh batch of bigs move up from the lake, with many of the hens heavy with roe. The unseasonably warm air temps are the catalyst that move the fish out of the deepest pools and into the longer runs, and pockets that have undercut banks as a signature. Accurate casting with heavily weighted nymph rigs are mandatory to get get these rascals to bite.

Water temps have warmed into the forties, the smaller resident fish are sipping midge clusters in the late afternoon.  

Flows holding at 45cfs. This a very low release for this time of year.

Historically the LADWP drains Grant Lake in the winter, then uses the water to fill Crowley through the Rush Creek/East Portal Diversion.  

No ice, or snow around the river. Turbidity has really decreased below the merging of Hot Creek & the irrigation canals.

Angling pressure remains moderate/heavy.

We have been having good success using Assassin’s, broken back tiger midges, SJ worms, crystal Vanderleeches, roe patterns.

You will also want to have some smaller para-midge, or BWO adults for the afternoon midge hatch.  

The resident fish are responding to this on the warmer days.

Drifters guides use the “Four P’s” to consistently get on fish here. Position- Presentation-Persistence-Performance.

Book a trip with us and we will teach you how to get these amazing fish.

Special angling regs in effect. 

Open year around upstream from the Benton Crossing Bridge.

Closed from the Bridge downstream to Crowley Lake until next season.

Middle Owens River (Bishop area) 2/4/15 

Flows are currently around 75 CFS below the dam at Pleasant Valley.

Might get some significant rain on the weekend with plenty of wind.

Fishing is fair/good from the Footbridge at PV Campground downstream to the Five Bridges Crossing. Access to this area while wading has never been easier.

The cold water mayfly called the “blue winged olive” is now emerging in numbers consistently. The first generations are large for mayflies, and a mainstay in the trouts late winter/spring diet. #16/18 BWO patterns are good profiles. Nymphing with tandem rigs-properly weighted will get you into fish before the hatch. I suggest you use Flashback PT’s, Assassin birds nest, broken back midges, tiger midges, small gillies, crystal emergers, or chironomid pupa, olive crystal zebras, & caddis larvae (to imitate caddis larva & rock worms) below an Under-cator.

You can use dry/dropper bead head rigs for the warmer days working the tailouts of larger pools, & riffles. Have some high vis para BWO’s for the uppers & keep them dressed with desiccant  to suspend your bead head nymphs.

Guided drift boat trips are a great vehicle to reach the secluded, and less fished areas of the river. We have been logging excellent numbers of planted & holdover rainbows recently. We predominantly fish streamers like Loebergs, Spruce-A-Bu’s, Punk Perch, Agent Orange, and Crystal Vanderleeches.

Using a light sinking tip line we position the boat upstream from the target water, casting about 35 feet down towards larger pools. We then insert the rod tips below the surface to get the streamers down without using excessive weight. Stripping the line in an erratic series of short and long pulls imitates the swimming motion of injured baitfish. The “dip & strip” technique is a fun way to get into numbers and large rainbows that hold in the lower sections of the river well below the wild trout section.

Check out my “be the fly” video by clicking on the videos link at the top of the page to see how we do it.

This fishery remains open year around.

Special regs from the footbridge at Pleasant Valley campground to the fishing monument 4.7 miles downstream.

PAHRANAGAT WILDLIFE REFUGE, LINCOLN COUNTY, NEV:

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (www.ndow.org) reports:

Anglers are finding some success at the upper marsh for panfish and catfish.

Mealworms or night crawlers below a bobber will catch fish.

PINE FOREST COMPLEX, HUMBOLDT COUNTY, NEV:

Onion Valley Reservoir

Closed. Will re-open second Saturday in June, 2015.

Blue Lakes

Closed. Will re-open second Saturday in June, 2015.

Knott Creek Reservoir

Closed. Will re-open second Saturday in June, 2015.

PIT RIVER, CALIF:

Closed. Will re-open April 25, 2015.

PROSSER RESERVOIR, CALIF:

Mountain Hardware and Sports of Truckee (530-587-4844) (mountainhardwareandsports@gmail.com) reports: 

Lake is at 24% capacity.  Very thin ice on portions of this lake but most of lake is completely ice free.  Small Rainbows here but since this lake was only stocked once fishing has been pretty slow, much better around the dam.  

PYRAMID LAKE, WASHOE COUNTY, NEV:

Valarie Taylor of Crosby Lodge (775-476-0400) (www.crosbylodge.net):

Hello all,

Attached is the leader board as of 2pm this afternoon. 

What a first weekend, even with the bad weather!!!!

Travis Lee of Sparks, NV was fishing from shore on 2/7/15 and Mike Brockelsby of Sparks, NV was also fishing from shore to bring in his twenty pound catch today.

No one will tell us where or with what they were using until after the derby closes as 4pm Sunday, February 15th.

Take care,

Valarie Taylor
Crosby Lodge

PYRAMID LAKE, WASHOE COUNTY,NEV:

Rob Anderson of www.renoflyfishingoutfitters.com (775-742-1754) reports:

February 9th

The weekend started off with some really high winds that put out the wind gauges at the lake for a day or two. This was on the front end of a pretty good storm system that put down inches of rain in the area into Monday. This should really help the lake in the long run.

The fishing has been about average for this time of year.

The stormy weather helped the middle of the day bite for sure. It seems as though the mornings have been better than the evenings for the past few days.

The long range forecast is for sunny weather coming back to the area through next weekend. This is going to probably make fishing going forward once again dependent on wind and time of day. Fish early and or late and try to plan your trip to the lake on days when there is going to be some wind on the water.

There is about 13 hours of daylight right now and fishing first light and last light is getting harder to do. A better idea is to plan to be there either early or late.

White Ghost Loco Tadpoles and Midnight Cowboy Wooly Worms are a good combo for shooting head set-ups right now.

White Ghost or Olive Martini Balanced Leaches and Red or Wine Maholo Nymphs are the way to go for Indicator rigs.

It seems as though the first signs of Summit Lake Cuttys are showing up in smaller schools. Most of these are smaller fish but they are starting to color up for the spawn a little.

RUBY LAKE NWR, WHITE PINE, COUNTY, NEV:

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (www.ndow.org) reports:

Fishing is good one day and fair the next.

Two anglers report a 60 fish day last weekend.

The go to fly seems to be the hares ear, with the pheasant tail nymph close behind. Also wooly buggers, egg patterns and flies that have some red in them do seem to be working.

For spin fishermen the usual assortment of small spinners and minnow type lures are all effective here.

The ditch is artificial lures and flies only.

Last week anglers were travelling over Harrison Pass, but no new information about pass conditions after the precipitation on Tuesday.

SACRAMENTO RIVER (LOWER), CALIF:

Kirk and Lisa Portocarrero at outdooradventures@sacriverguide.com and www.sacriverguide.com (1-800-670-4448) report:

King Salmon closed. Will re-open July 16.

SACRAMENTO RIVER (LOWER), CALIF:

Kirk and Lisa Portocarrero at outdooradventures@sacriverguide.com and www.sacriverguide.com (1-800-670-4448) report:

Fly fishing:

As of  February 9, 2015 water flow is currently 4,000 CFS decreasing to 3,250 CFS.
Lower Sacramento River fly fishing report – Rainbow trout fishing in the Redding area to Anderson area is fair to good. 

We had a big storm roll in Friday, and Sunday, water is bit discolored. We will be out over the next few days and keep checking water clarity. 

We are getting the much needed rain. Next week looks clear in the 70’s.
Prior to the storm, mid-day seeing more action then. Most days 15 plus fish hook ups. Working best in these water conditions are egg patterns.

Weather is beautiful.
Drift  boats or Jet boats available. We cater to all levels of anglers.

Daily drifting Redding, California and Anderson, California.

Groups and Clubs welcome, we can accommodate ANY size group.

SAN JOAQUIN RIVER/RED’S MEADOW, CALIF:

Steve Osterman of Performance Guide Service (760-934-6101) (www.performanceanglers.com) reports:

Road closed.

SOUTH FORK RESERVOIR, ELKO COUNTY, NEV:

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (www.ndow.org) reports:

South Fork is starting to get open water, the edges are opening up and the ice is starting to come off. One person did break through the ice earlier in the week. This ice is now unsafe and anglers should stay off.

There is open water on the south end and along Jet Ski Beach and anglers were fishing the open water with some success.

With the projected daytime highs for the next week in the 50’s and even approaching 60, expect the return of open water fishing fairly soon, especially if we get some wind.

STAMPEDE RESERVOIR, CALIF:

Mountain Hardware and Sports of Truckee (530-587-4844) (mountainhardwareandsports@gmail.com) reports: 

Lake is dropping and is at 21% capacity. 

Fishing has been slow for Rainbows, Macks, and Smallies. 

Some thin ice in the inlets but for the most part lake is wide open. 

Small boats can still launch to the right of the ramp as they are concentrating their efforts outside the inlets and the deeper sections around the dam. 

Shore fishing has been sporadic for the Bows with power bait, nightcrawlers, and various hardware. Smallies are suspended along shelves in the Davis Creek arm and most are being taken on suspending baitfish patterns, Crayfish patterns, and various Jigs worked down these shelves. Some big smallies here, but you’ll have to work hard for them.

LAKE TAHOE:

A continuing report of limits of average sized Mackinaw Trout being caught on silver flasher blades and minnows, trolled at depths of 100-300 feet on the west side of the lake near Homewood, California.

TRINITY RIVER, CALIF:

Kirk and Lisa Portocarrero at outdooradventures@sacriverguide.com and www.sacriverguide.com (1-800-670-4448) report:

February 9, 2015 Fishing report
Currently, Trinity River flows are as follows: Currently 300 CFS.
We are fishing the Trinity River for Winter Steelhead fishing and fishing is good. Steelhead have been ranging from 4 to 10 pounds, number of hook ups are 4 to 8 fish  days, varying. Getting into some nice steelhead now. Rain on the way, we will keep you posted of the water conditions over the weekend.
Fly or Spin fishing are both productive.

We are fishing from Lewiston Bridge to JC Campgrounds.

Call Kirk or Justin at 1800-670-4448 for more details.
Trinity River fishing is conveniently located 40 minutes West of Redding, CA  fishing from the town of Weaverville, California.

TRUCKEE RIVER, CALIF & NEV:

Rob Anderson of www.renoflyfishingoutfitters.com (775-742-1754) reports:

February 9th

Recent storms and rain have sent the river into pretty much flood stages as of Monday February 9th. Parts of the river are over 2000 CFS. We will take it! This will help the water situation for sure. It will also give the river a much needed flush and help move out some silt etc. It could be a few days before the river comes down to fishable levels again.

Keep an eye on the flows before venturing out. Once the flows come back down the fishing should be pretty good.

Warmer weather is expected and there was somewhat of a Baetis hatch east of town prior to the rain.

We will keep an updated report as the flows start to come back down.

Flows as of 2-9-15 are: Town of Truckee 403 CFS, Boca Bridge 982 CFS, Farad 1210 CFS, Reno 1540 CFS and Vista 2050 CFS.

TRUCKEE RIVER, CALIF & NEV:

Mountain Hardware and Sports of Truckee (530-587-4844) (mountainhardwareandsports@gmail.com) reports: 

California:

Unseasonable temps later this week and higher water should make for some great early season fishing!  High water right now as our area has received a lot of rainfall.  Good for now but we would rather have had more snowpack, but at this time we’ll take anything. 

Best hours to fish will be 11 to 3.

Water temps are cold and fish are somewhat lethargic and picky. 

Lots of Midges and small BWO/Baetis Mayflies and even Stones 

Flows have been fairly stable but the general outlook could be dismal if we don’t see an increase in out snowpack.   

Fishing has been pretty good with a mix bag of streamer fishing to throwing dries to rising fish.  Best sections to fish have been the Glenshire stretch as some anglers have seen double digit days here. 

Nevada:

If you do fish the Truckee in Nevada please be aware that New Zealand Mudsnails have been found in sections of water there so please clean your shoes and gear accordingly to avoid aquatic hitch hikers!  

Study the water and turn rocks and see what is going on, also seine for what is in the drift.  Little things like this and slowing your approach to the river’s edge will greatly increase your chances of being successful. 

Again, make sure your box is stocked with every conceivable stage of bugs that are present now!  (x) = drawer number.

TRUCKEE RIVER, LITTLE, CALIF:

Rob Anderson of www.renoflyfishingoutfitters.com (775-742-1754) reports:

February 9th

The snow line was above the road to the Little Truckee.

Access is still not a problem.

The flows are 173 CFS.

These flows are great for this time or any time of year. The river fishes a little bigger at these flows and more weight is important when fishing sinking flies. Fish will also spread out more. This helps to spread out anglers as well.

There has been a Baetis hatch on the right day but it is difficult to count on.

Nymphing with Baetis and Midges is always worth a shot in the winter.

Keep some Baetis dries ready just in case.

If you’re looking to get out on some moving water in the area, the Little Truckee is a good bet right now.

TWIN LAKES, CALIF:

Closed. Will re-open April 25, 2015.

VIRGINIA LAKES, CALIF:

Closed. Will re-open April 25, 2015.

VIRGINIA LAKES, CALIF:

John and Carolyn Webb of the Virginia Lakes Resort (760-647-6484) (vir@qnet.com) report:

Have a great winter, and let’s pray for a lot of snow for water to refill all the reservoirs, lakes and streams with plenty for the ski resorts.
May you all have a Happy, Healthy 2015, see you on the water in late April!

Carolyn

WALKER LAKE, MINERAL COUNTY, NEV:

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (www.ndow.org) reports:

No new updates. No Lahontan cutthroat have been reported or seen at Walker Lakes since 2009.

Launching is not possible right now.

WALKER RIVER, EAST, NEV. & CALIF:

Rob Anderson of www.renoflyfishingoutfitters.com (775-742-1754) reports:

February 9th

Flows are 21 CFS. The East Walker is a tail water and can be UN effected by rain.

Most of the water in the Bridgeport area was collected by many area reservoirs. This is good news for the long haul. In the short term the river is running very low. It has been a little warmer and most of the shore line ice is gone. The next week could be pretty good on the East Walker except for the low flows.

Nymphing with smaller flies like Baetis, Midges and San Juan Worms are a good way to approach the fishing right now.

Keep some small dries ready to go, especially on the California side of the river. No need to go too early.

The middle of the day seems to be the best time to be on the water.

WALKER RIVER, EAST, CALIF:

Steve Osterman of Performance Guide Service (760-934-6101) (www.performanceanglers.com) reports:

Water flow at 21 CFS. Low and slow. Try the Lower Owens.

WALKER RIVER, EAST, CALIF:

Tom Loe of the Sierra Drifters Guide Service (760-935-4250) (www.sierradrifters.com) reports:

East Walker River 2/4/15

Flows currently at 21 CFS. Limited fishable water. 

This fishery is open year around with special regs in place.

WALKER RIVER, LITTLE, CALIF:

Closed. Will re-open April 25, 2015.

WILDHORSE RESERVOIR, ELKO COUNTY, NEV:

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (www.ndow.org) reports:

Wild Horse still has about 8 to 10 inches of good hard clear ice and fishing was slow to fair. The edges are opening up due to a slight rising of the lake level and the warm afternoon sun heating the muddy shoreline causing ice on it to melt.

In the mornings the ice is slick so use cleats or crampons.

Anglers can still find places to get onto the ice without too much trouble.

The shorelines are also muddy in the afternoons so be careful driving on them.

Some of the fish have been taking the presentations lightly and anglers need to pay attention to their fishing rod.

The water depth off of the state park boat ramp is between six and eight feet in depth and trout are being caught about four feet under the ice in six to ten feet of water. Most anglers contacted were using either worms or worms in combination with corn.

The ice skating rink off of the state park boat ramp is open for skating and the state park is open to camping.

The Wildhorse Trout Derby is February 14 and 15.

This year there will also be a tagged fish worth $10,000 if caught.

Call 775-313-5528 for more information.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR, ELKO COUNTY, NEV:

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (www.ndow.org) reports:

Water is only about 10% of capacity and is covered with unsafe ice.

WILSON RESERVOIR, ELKO COUNTY, NEV:

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (www.ndow.org) reports:

Unsafe ice, and 4WD road only due to mud. Water is starting to open up.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIF:

Closed. Will re-open April 25, 2015.

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