Map of Bruneau River
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to the construction of downstream dams in Idaho, the Bruneau River in Nevada was
home to chinook salmon and steelhead trout - making their journey all the way
from the Pacific Ocean. Redband trout and
mountain whitefish are now the only native salmonids that occur here.
Bruneau is roughly 50 miles in length, 29 miles of which are fishable. Game fish include redband trout (a strain of
rainbow trout) and mountain whitefish, but dace, shiners, and suckers are also
found. Anglers generally catch an
average of eight trout per day and the best times of year to fish are in July,
following run-off, through October. Fish
can easily be caught on flies, lures, and bait such as worms or salmon eggs
primarily along the lower section between Copper Creek downstream to McDonald
Creek. There is primitive camping
opportunity on Forest Service and State (Nevada Department of Wildlife) property.