Humboldt River - Pershing
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The Humboldt River is the longest river in the
continental United States that begins and ends within the boundaries of one
state. It was historically a cutthroat trout water that
produced, especially in the upper areas, excellent fishing in the 1840s. However, the portion of the river occurring
in Pershing County was never considered “good” for trout fishing. With poor water quality, aggressive
irrigation, and deteriorating watersheds, only warmwater fish species are found.
Flows generally range between 10 and 700 cubic feet
per second and the primary fishes include white crappie, wipers (striped bass x
white bass hybrid), channel catfish, largemouth bass, walleye, brown bullhead,
bluegill, green sunfish, carp, and yellow perch. The best time of year to fish is from late
spring to early fall. Productive methods
include fishing with nightcrawlers, live bait, and small crappie jigs. All camping on the lower Humboldt River is
primitive and much of the lower river runs through private property. Anglers are urged to contact landowners for
permission to access or to camp.
U.S. Interstate 80 follows the Humboldt River. Access is limited to public roads servicing the downstream irrigation system and much of the lower river will require landowner permission.