Duck Valley Fishing Report

 

2024 CAMPING RESERVATION BOOKING SITE

 

We are excited to announce "FireFly" as our new reservation booking company for the Duck Valley Indian Reservation campgrounds. Here is the website: 

FIREFLY RESERVATIONS

 

FireFly will be taking camping reservations for the following campgrounds:

18 Mountain View Electrical Camping sites and Dry camping

Sheep Creek Dry Camping Only - 18 Electrical campsites coming soon

Lake Billy Shaw Reservoir Dry Camping ONLY Wildhorse Camping located at Wildhorse, NV

 

Dry Camping are non-electrical – dry camping, will require a Daily General Camping Permit.  Dry camping fees are charged per camp vehicle, not by campsite.  Campsite fees can be purchased at the time of purchasing an annual fishing permit from our Vendors.  Dry camping is allowed any where around our lakes.  Dry camping is free with a purchased of an annual fishing permit.

Should you need assistance making a camping reservation please feel free to call 208-759-3246 or 800-761-9133 for June or Anamarie.   We’ll be happy to assist you with your camping needs.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time of change.    

 

 

 

April 3, 2024


 Image taken April 1, 2024  - Billy Shaw Dam

 

 

EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 27, 2021, RESERVOIRS WILL OPEN

 FISHING / CAMPING PERMITS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE OWYHEE ACE HARDWARE STORE ONLY

THEY ARE NOT AVAILABLE  IN "OUR STORE"

 

NOTE: The Annual Family Permit only includes "[a] spouse, guardian and children under the age of 18," according to the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes' Fish & Game Ordinance.  

 

General

April 3, 2024 –The ice has been clear from the reservoirs for over a month now, and there is practically nothing left over from the last winter blast that blindsided the valley.  Weather has been in accordance with the Spring season, considering how mild the winter has been, but heavy precipitation expected in the forecast lie ahead.

The Billy Shaw reservoir opened to fly fisherman April 1, 2024, with anglers out enjoying the exclusive trophy-trout fly fishing experience from a variety of non-motorized floaters and tubes; the electric-motor only waters are located along the west end of the reservation. Mountain View has been doing really good as well, where anglers are pulling big trout that have grown fat over the winter from dining on a buffet of baitfish and giant water beetles.

Some anglers are finding areas in Sheep Creek a bit slow due to the presence of algae on the west end near the dam, the algae is expected to clear up with the seasonal temperature drop, and has rescinded somewhat to date.

 

An important note for anglers:
If you catch a fish with a tag, shown below, please report the tag number, reservoir fish was caught, length of fish, if the fish was kept or released and angling gear used to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (208) 759-3246. This information will help us continue to make Duck Valley fishing a memorable experience.

 

 

Vendor Information

The Owyhee ACE Hardware has a nice selection of fishing gear and worms. They are also the only vendor who can sell (or reserve) camping spots for the powered sites at Mountain View Campground (775-757-2305).

 

Image taken April 1, 2024  - Billy Shaw main dock area

 

ACE HARDWARE STORE HOURS                                     

M-F 8:00 AM- 6:00 PM

SA: 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

SU: CLOSED

 

The Tribal Grocery Store (i.e., Our Store) only sells fishing and camping licenses when the Owyhee ACE Hardware store is closed. The Owyhee ACE Hardware also has a nice selection of fishing gear and worms. They are also the only vendor who can sell (or reserve) camping spots for the powered sites at Mountain View Campground (775-757-2305).

If you decide to come to the reservation of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes to fish, please contact the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes Fish, Wildlife, & Parks Department to make all arrangements. Anglers are asked to report all efforts and success; Information on size, catch rate, and amount of time spent here is helpful when developing management plans for the reservoirs. Pictures of happy anglers and their catch are always welcome.

 

Angler Success

April 3, 2024 - Mountain View and Sheep Creek reservoirs are showing an extremely high fishing response to just about anything.  Trout response suggests high action, high visibility lures and spoons.  Water clarity suggests anglers stick to clear water colors (earth tones), and cloudy colors, (earth tones with flash) as darker lures are more visible to trout in subsurface depth winter water zones.  Try dark hues like olive, dark brown, and black as trout tend to spend more time closer to the bottom during colder weather and love subsurface nymphs.  Anglers have reported great deal of success with nymphs, standard elk hair caddis flies, nymphs with slumper leads, and the Sheep Creek Special.  Bait casters have been successful with sparkling dark green Texas rigged leech gummies, and a wide variety of reflective lures over swimbaits.  Shore casters can count on landing fish with darker power baits, nightcrawlers, marshmallows, and scent attractants. 

 

Image taken April 1, 2024 - Billy Shaw Dam



 

Weather

April 3, 2024 – Opening the week with warmer temperatures, and moderate 15-20 mph southern winds, amid a growing overcast preparing to drop a bit of a cold front down into the valley, with Friday and Saturday being the coldest days.  The skies will have overcast, building up until Monday, when partly sunny skies return. 

Barometer pressure looking good for fishing most of the week.  Sunrise time for the week is 7:22 am, sunset time is 8:12 pm MST. 

Daily High/Low

  • April 3: 61/37     Partly Cloudy, Showers                 
  • April 4: 51/26     Heavy Overcast, Thundershowers, Snow showers
  • April 5: 30/23     Heavy Overcast, Snow                  
  • April 6: 35/19     Overcast, Snow showers
  • April 7: 37/19     Mostly Cloudy                  
  • April 8: 40/20     Mostly Sunny
  • April 9: 43/28     Mostly Sunny

 

For a more detailed forecast of weather conditions in Owyhee and the Duck Valley Indian Reservation, please click the Weather Underground link provided here.  https://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/hdfForecast?query=89832

 
Road Conditions

April 3, 2024-Reservoir access roads are open and in good condition.  Main reservoir access roads are dry and clear.  Off-road 4-wheel drive may be required in some select areas at each reservoir.  Winter/Spring driving conditions are advised when weather permitsPlease follow all posted speed limits and use caution as weather permits.

 

 

 

 

Shoshone-Paiute Tribes
Fish & Game Department
P.O. Box 219
Owyhee, NV 89832

Office: (208) 759-3246
Toll Free: (800) 761-9133
Fax: (208) 759-3248
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
http://www.shopaitribes.org/spfish