Duck Valley Fishing Report

April 27, 2017


Fishing season for Sheep Creek Reservoir and Lake Billy Shaw opened on April 1. Spring temperatures have come and gone over the past few weeks. Old man winter has not quite decided to give up yet, as we have experienced snow several times over the last two weeks. The main roads are in good shape but may be a little muddy. The side roads are improving, use caution when traveling them as they are still soft.

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 e-mail 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.

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 should decide to come to our reservation to fish, please contact us following your trip to report your efforts and success. Pictures of happy anglers and their catch are always welcome. Information on size, catch rate, and amount of time spent here is helpful when developing management plans for our reservoirs, also.

Angler Success

Fishing pressure has increased a little over the weekend. Fishing has been good. Bait fishing with worms and power bait has been good. Spinner fishing with spoons has had decent success. Fly fishing has been the most successful with some anglers catching up to 4-5 fish per hour. The bigger fish seem to be holding in the shallow water. The anglers targeting those areas have been catching several twenty plus inch trout. The average fish has been in the 16-22 inch range.


Spring weather is upon us, maybe. The forecast is calling for warmer temperatures throughout the week. For a more detailed forecast of weather conditions in Owyhee and the Duck Valley Indian Reservation, please click the Weather Underground link provided here: (

Water Temperature

Water Temperature monitoring will be switched over to an automated system that will measure temperature every hour of every day all year. The orange buoys in all three reservoirs are the markers and floats for the water temperature monitoring equipment. The current water temperature is 13-14° C.

Road Conditions

Road conditions accessing Mountain View Reservoir and Lake Billy Shaw are soft, but open. The road to Sheep Creek Reservoir is muddy, but passable. As always, please be aware that variable weather conditions can make the roads difficult to travel. Warmer, drier weather will increase road condition quickly. As always travel with caution following any weather events.

Shoshone-Paiute Tribes
Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department
P.O. Box 219
Owyhee, NV 89832

Office: (208) 759-3246
Toll Free: (800) 761-9133
Fax (208) 759-3248
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