Map of Hobart Reservoir
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Hobart Reservoir is located at an elevation of 7,650 feet in the Carson Range of the Toiyabe National Forest. The reservoir is owned by the State of Nevada and used as a water source for Carson City. The initial dam was completed in 1877 and was rebuilt in 1956 following a washout in 1955.
The reservoir covers approximately 10 surface acres, stores 110 acre-feet and has a maximum depth of 15 feet. Rainbow trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout, and hybrids (rainbow x cutthroat) have been introduced into the lake. Brook trout are the only self-sustaining species. Surveys show anglers generally catch about 12 fish per day and 3 fish hour. Trout averaged between 8 and 10 inches. If catching big fish is what you are after, this probably isn’t the place for you, but if you want to spend the day in a beautiful location catching lots of fish, give Hobart Reservoir a try. Angler success is highest in August and September. Due to its high elevation, much of the lake may still be covered with ice in early May. Hobart Reservoir is closed to vehicular access and anglers will have to hike or bicycle in.
Hobart Reservoir will receive 1,000 rainbow trout and 750 tiger trout (brook x brown trout hybrid) in the spring.
Season is open May 1 through September 30, 1 hour before sunrise to 2 hours after sunset. Limit is 5 trout, only one of which may be longer than 14 inches. Only artificial lures with single barbless hooks may be used. This special regulation applies to Hobart Reservoir, its tributaries and Franktown Creek downstream from Hobart Reservoir to Red House.
No special regulations apply.
Hobart Reservoir can be accessed from the north and the south sides. From the south side, drive from Carson City west on Winnie Lane, turn west onto Ash Canyon Rd. Follow Ash Canyon Road until the pavement ends and continue on to the improved gravel road and then on to the unimproved dirt road near the water tanks. From the tanks it is approximately 5 miles up the canyon to the locked gate. This is a very steep road, which can be bad depending on muddiness. It does require a four-wheel drive vehicle. From the parking area, it is about ¼-mile hike to the lake. Accessing the lake from the north involves a much longer hike. Drive to Lakeview, which is north of Carson City, and follow Hobart Road to the locked gate, from that point, follow the road to the right, it is about a 5 mile hike to the reservoir.