Western Nevada Fishing Report

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife


Trout fishing has picked back up again with the cooler overnight temps. The lake is currently ice free. Fishing for bass has slowed considerably. Majority of the surface activity is now limited to trout in the evenings. Small spinners continue to produce trout all day in deeper water. Bait fishing with dough bait and worms will catch trout most of the day.


Blue Lakes closes to fishing on November 15th


The Carson was high all summer, finally coming down to rest over the last month. Fish are happy and flows are down to good fall levels. Spin fisherman using larger spinner and spoons have caught some good fish recently. Fly fisherman using small mayfly nymphs and midge pupa have been doing well under the indicator. There are still some fish still on afternoon hoppers but that’s likely to stop pretty quick with the cold nights setting in. Small bait, flies and spinners will be key here.


Fishing is slow for walleye, crappie, wiper and catfish. A few walleye are being caught slowly trolling minnow imitations or worm harnesses. Trolling faster with rapala minnow imitations is a good method for walleye as well. For crappie use bright colored jigs in the flooded vegetation. The few that fly fish Chimney Reservoir tend to stick with the chartreuse and yellow Clouser minnows. Note that all tiger muskie must be released and report the tag # to NDOW. Additional Tiger Muskie fingerlings will be introduced during the 2019 season and some larger fish are showing up during surveys.


Flows are finally down to winter levels on the East Walker. We’ve seen 250-300 cfs all summer long making for some challenging fishing. A few caddis may be out in the evening with a few sporadic midge and mayfly hatching during the day. Fish seem to be holding deep at the moment with very few risers seen during the day. Tight line nymphing through the deeper runs is very effective  with small flies and light tippets. Now is an excellent time to fish the East Walker and check out the recent improvements made in the state park near the elbow.


Hobart closes to fishing on September 30th.


Knott Creek closes to fishing on November 15th


The cooler overnight lows have the fish less active in the morning making afternoons and evening the best bet. The warm extended forecast should help to keep productive bass fishing through November. Spin fisherman using white jigs and small spinners are finding fish along sandy beaches. Fly fisherman are finding some bass still on bright streamers along many of the sand beaches. In addition to the bass,  a few large trout have been caught this season near the dam.


Fishing has been good from boats and fair from shore. Slow moving spoons in combination with flashers in the top 20 feet have been effective all day. Jigging and trolling for macs has been fair.


Mason Valley closes to fishing on September 30th


The 2019 fishing season is closed


Onion Valley closes to fishing on November 15th  


Fishing was fair this summer and will continue to improve as warmwater gamefish populations continue to rebound. Spin Fisherman are finding that Rapala minnow imitations are working well in addition to larger brightly colored jigs. Fly Fisherman are picking up an occasional walleye or bass on chartreuse woolly buggers or clouser minnows near the dam.


Spooner is just starting to freeze a little along the shoreline. Access will likely get tough until the ice comes off in spring.


Fishing has been fair at Squaw Creek Reservoir. Fly fisherman slowly trolling larger buggers and leech patterns are getting the attention of the occasional trout near the dam and in open water. The inlet has been productive in the afternoons and evening with sheep creek specials, Zug bugs, and midge pupa slowly retrieved. Spin fisherman using larger spinners are out fishing all other methods.


The opener was one of the best on record. The water record was broken and plenty of fish have been caught. Catch rates are about 1.5 fish per hour, average size of keeper fish is 15.5”, fish up to 24” being caught from shore and boats. All rainbows and bowcutts so far. Shore fisherman are using large spoons, diving plugs. and crawlers deep off the bottom. Look for fishing to just keep getting better as spring creeps in.


The river is in excellent condition. Flows are at prime fall levels and the cool overnight temperatures have kept the trout happy. Fishing mid-day will continue to be good until the cold really sets in. East of Reno some BWO mayflies are still hatching in the afternoons. Small mayfly emergers and soft hackles just above or under the surface has worked well. Nymph fishing continues to be the best method for numbers but streamers are going to be the best bet for the real big fish out east this Fall. Spin fisherman have been doing well around the parks for hatchery Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.


Many of the urban ponds have received fall plants of hatchery trout. As winter makes some of the fisheries inaccessible, give the Sparks Marina a shot for some larger trout and hatchery trout from shore.


As a result of declining water levels, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) in Walker Lake has increased dramatically to the point that the lake can no longer support its native fish and wildlife populations. The last Lahontan cutthroat trout was documented in the lake in 2009. An increase in the lake level is key to reestablishing a fishery in Walker Lake. To learn more about efforts to restore Walker Lake, you can visit the Walker Basin Conservancy website at: https://www.walkerbasin.org/history-of-walker-lake


Wall Canyon continues to fish well for trout and the occasional bass. Fly fishing with snail patterns and midge pupa has been excellent with a clear intermediate line slowly retrieved. Afternoon and evenings have been best along the dam and near the inlet with spinners and bait near the bottom.


Stocking of several thousand channel catfish and white crappie along with half a million juvenile white bass has occurred in both Little Washoe Lake and Washoe Lake during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Expect slow fishing with some areas being more productive than others. Fishing should be productive in Little Washoe Lake this spring.

More Reports

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Friday, January 10th, 2020
Wilson Reservoir: Wilson Reservoir Report
Wild Horse Reservoir: Wildhorse Ice Fishing Report
South Fork Reservoir: South Fork Reservoir Report
Ruby Lake NWR: Ruby Lake Report
Jiggs Reservoir (Zunino Reservoir): Jiggs Reservoir Report
Jakes Creek Reservoir (Boies Reservoir): Jakes Creek Report
Illipah Reservoir: Illipah Report
Comins Lake: Comins Lake Report
Cave Lake: Cave Lake Report
Angel Lake: Angel Lake Report
: Eastern Nevada Fishing Report
Bilk Creek Reservoir: Bilk Creek Report
Carson River: Carson River Report
Chimney Dam Reservoir: Chimney Dam Report
East Walker River (NV): East Walker River Report
Lahontan Reservoir: Lahontan Reservoir Report
Lake Tahoe: Lake Tahoe Report
Rye Patch Reservoir: Rye Patch Report
Spooner Lake: Spooner Lake Report
Squaw Creek Reservoir: Squaw Creek Report
Topaz Lake: Opener Was One of The Best on Record
Truckee River: River is in Excellent Condition
Walker Lake: Walker Lake Update
Wall Canyon Reservoir: Wall Canyon Report

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

: NDOW Names New Chief Game Warden
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Ice Remains Thin on Shoreline
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Ice is 8-10 inches Thick
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Kirch Wildlife Report
Las Vegas Urban Ponds: Las Vegas Urban Ponds Report
Colorado River - Laughlin: Laughlin River Report
Lake Mohave: Lake Mohave Report
Lake Mead: Lake Mead Report
: NDOW Southern Fishing Report