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South Fork Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 11-Nov-16
Water Condition
Water Temperature  

Conditions : SOUTH FORK RESERVOIR: Good water quality here as well and the water temperature has dropped into the high 40’s and in some places climbing to around 50 by late afternoon. However, the warm sunny weather has helped produce a bit of algae in the water and that combined with activity by waterfowl in the shallows has caused some turbid water in parts of the lake. Trout have moved up into the water column and anglers report catching them five to eight feet deep and even in water as shallow as three feet. Shore anglers report fish in the shallows catching trout up to 22 inches within 30 feet from shore. Fishing has been spotty, with some days producing a limit of fish and others finding anglers with an empty bag. However, the fish that are being caught are in good shape and averaging 16 to 20 inches. The usual wooly buggers, seal buggers and leech patterns as well as the more common nymphs are all effective. Olive balanced leeches continue to produce trout at the south end of the lake. Trout have been actively feeding on chironomids as well. Bait anglers have had luck along Jet Ski Beach and in the backs of coves on the east side of the lake using PowerBait or worms. Orange seemed to be the best color for PowerBait this past week. Bass fishing is slowing down with the cooler water temperatures with the majority of bass being caught by boaters though this is the time of year to catch some large bass. The south end of the lake has produced fish along the old river channel or near the underwater standing dead trees for boaters and those in float tubes or kick boats.

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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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