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South Fork Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 22-Aug-15
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Conditions : SOUTH FORK RESERVOIR: Surface water temperatures are in the 70’s and the weeds and algae are thick. Trout fishing is slow and bass fishing is fair to good depending upon the day. Lots of algae and the weed beds at the south end of the lake are thick. Best luck for both trout and bass has been early in the morning and boaters are doing better than shore anglers as they can access the deeper water earlier. Shore anglers should look for shorelines that drop off quickly so they can get their presentation to deeper water. There continues to be a damselfly and dragonfly hatch, so both nymphs and adult patterns of these insects are a good bet for fly rodders. At the south end, look for holes in the vegetation and fish soft plastics hooked weedless first thing in the morning or late in the evening. Fish structure off of rocky points for smallmouth. The inlet, where the river comes into the lake, is also a good spot to target bass looking for food. Dark soft plastic baits in motor oil, guacamole, root beer and dark purple with some sparkles in them have been working early and late. With the high pressure system in place and the water temps at about their highest point, a delicate presentation such as Senko’s give bass anglers a better chance at the bass.

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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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