Illipah Reservoir Fishing Report

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

Surface water temperatures have moved into the mid 60’s and fishing has been fair to good for eight to 10 inch stocked trout with an occasional larger carryover fish.  With the dry conditions, irrigation has started and the water level at this reservoir is continuing to drop.  Anglers will do well with a variety of night crawlers, PowerBait, and spinners. For bait anglers nightcrawlers and rainbow PowerBait are the best bet. Small spinners, spoons and Kastmasters in gold for those throwing hardware should work.  For fly rodders, this time of year chironomid patterns (midge larva) are recommended as they can make up as much as 80% of the trout’s diet in the spring in our high desert reservoirs.  Black or olive wooly buggers and black, olive or wine-colored leech patterns should also catch trout. For a change of pace anglers should try fishing Illipah Creek for brown trout.  Spring stocking is complete here with Illipah having been stocked with approximately 13,000 trout.