Knott Creek Reservoir

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Knott Creek Reservoir is located in the Pine Forest Mountains in northwestern Humboldt County at an elevation of 6,400 feet. The dam was rebuilt in 1988 following NDOW’s purchase of 500 acre-feet minimum pool from the private landowner. This lake is one of Nevada’s most beautiful.

Pertinent Information

Knott Creek Reservoir covers 216 surface acres, stores 2,700 acre-feet of water, and has a maximum depth of 24 feet. Fish include rainbow trout, bowcutt trout (rainbow x cutthroat hybrid), tiger trout (brown x brook trout hybrid), and Lahontan speckled dace. Trout range in size from 5 to 30 inches and the record rainbow from Knott Creek is 7-lbs 8-ozs. Anglers can average catching up to 20 fish per day. The best time of year to fish is usually during the first two weeks in June and in October. The most productive fly fishing patterns during the early season include emergers and leeches. Later in the season, damsel patterns and dark wooly buggers are more productive. Other successful lures include Flatfish and dark colored Rooster Tails. Camping is primitive around the lake and there are no garbage facilities or restrooms.


1,000 tiger trout are scheduled to be stocked in the spring, 2,500 triploid (sterile) rainbow trout and 2,500 bowcutt trout in the fall.


Season is open from the second Saturday in June through November 15. The limit is one trout, minimum size of 18 inches total length. Fishing is allowed any time of day or night. Only lures or tied flies with single barbless hooks may be used.

Boating Regulations

A vessel must be operated at a speed that leaves a flat wake, but in no case may a vessel be operated at a speed in excess of 5 nautical miles per hour.


Travel north out of Winnemucca 33 miles on US 95, turning left onto SR 140 and on to Denio Junction (100 miles from Winnemucca) before turning left and traveling 9 miles before turning south onto the Knott Creek Road. Follow the Knott Creek Road for 7 miles to the junction of Sand Pass Road, then another 7 miles into Knott Creek Reservoir. Be prepared for rough and slippery roads. A vehicle with 4x4 and high clearance is advised, and towed trailers, cab over campers, and tent trailers are not recommended.


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  • Tiger Trout

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