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Cave Lake Sponsored by
Date 02-Jun-18
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Conditions : CAVE LAKE: With surface water temperatures in the mid 50’s, Cave Lake continues to fish well for 9 to 11 inch trout. The usual PowerBait or worms as well as small spinners, panther Martins or rooster tails should all work. Fly fishermen have been doing well with small wooly buggers, prince nymphs, hare’s ears, pheasant tails and damselfly nymphs. More than 12,000 trout have been stocked here this spring.

Reported by: NDOW

Species Hatches: Patterns Lures & Spinners
  • Brown Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brook Trout

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About: - Cave Lake is a man-made impoundment constructed in 1932. It was purchased in 1971 by the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) and is currently managed as a State Park under a cooperative agreement between State Parks and NDOW. Cave Lake is fed by Cave Creek. It covers 32 surface acres with an average depth of 25 feet, with a maximum depth of 60 feet.

Fishing - The reservoir is currently inhabited by stocked rainbow, brook and brown trout. The average size(2003) of the rainbow was 9.7 inches with a range of 7.4 to 11.8 inches. Brown trout averaged 11.1 inches. Although less common in the creel, the brown trout can reach very large sizes. The current state record for brown trout of 27-pounds 5-ounces was captured in Cave Lake in 1984 and an 8-pound brown was checked in 1999. Also in 1984, the lake produced a 9-pound rainbow trout. Primarily managed as a put-and-take fishery, the lake is an excellent year round fishery for stocked rainbow and brook trout. Ice fishing usually lasts from December through March. Virtually all fishing methods are productive. Fishing deep with salmon eggs, power bait or night crawlers is effective. Spin fishermen do well with the normal hardware such as Mepps and Panther Martins as well as a fly on a bubble. Fly fishermen should try wooly buggers or nymph patterns on a sinking line. The normal baits fished with bright colored jigs work well for ice fishing. Cave Lake is also home to a large population of crayfish. Easily caught from shore at night, they provide an opportunity for a delicious meal. Try using hot dogs or bacon with a flashlight and net.

Facilities: Already located in a picturesque location, Cave Lake is complemented by a number of excellent facilities including a modern boat ramp and dock, group use picnic area, hiking trails, running water, restrooms, showers and 34 camping sites with tables and fire pits. Fees are charged by Nevada State Parks.

Stocking - Cave Lake is stocked with approximately 17,500, 9-inch rainbow trout between June and September.

Misc Info: - Regulations - The limit is 5 trout daily and in possession. Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Boats must be operated at a flat wake and no faster than 5 nautical miles per hour.

Access - From Ely, drive 7 miles south on Highway 93 and then east 7 miles on State Route 486 to the park. Follow the signs.

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