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South Fork Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 28-Apr-15
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Conditions : SOUTH FORK RESERVOIR: The lake is still around 75% of capacity and water temperatures in the coves are in the mid to high 40’s, as the recent weather dropped the water temps a bit. They should start to climb back up with the projected temperatures over the next week. A few large trout are still cruising the shorelines looking for spawning habitat and fishing has been good for shore anglers. While the larger spawners aren’t biting, there are fish hanging just off of the shoals where the spawning fish are that will. Most of the spawning fish are in the north end of the lake on the east side of the dam as well as along Jet Ski Beach. Sherbet PowerBait or worms is what most anglers have been using with the PowerBait doing the best. Flyrodders have been having luck with smaller flies such as hares ears, prince nymphs, black micro leeches and copper Johns in sizes 16 and 18. Egg patterns are also producing a fish or two. There have been some minor midge hatches and when these are present, anglers may try the usual chironomid patterns such as snow cones, frostbite chironomids and Yankee buzzers. A few smallmouth, largemouth and wiper bass have been showing up in the creel. Black bass may not be kept until July 1st and must be returned to the water immediately upon catching. However, one wiper 15 inches or larger may be kept. The lake has been stocked a couple of times already and spring stocking should continue into May.

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About: - South Fork Reservoir covers 1,650 acres and is surrounded by 2,200 acres of wildlife-filled meadow lands and rolling hills. It is popular for hunting, camping, boating, picnicking, winter sports and wildlife viewing. The park is best known for its trophy-class trout and bass fishery. Facilities include a boat launch, campground, trailer dump station and picnic area. Located 16 miles south of Elko on State Route 228, the park is open year-round, but access may be hampered by extreme cold and snow during the winter months.
Directions: South Fork State Recreation Area is located by traveling 7 miles south of Elko on State Route 227, 5.5 miles south on State Route 228, and 3.5 miles SW on Lower South Fork Road. The Ruby Mountains are 10-15 miles to the east and provide a grand scenic backdrop for the site, rising to 11,387 feet at Ruby Dome.

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