Knott Creek Reservoir
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Knott Creek Reservoir is found in the Pine Forest
Mountains of northwestern Humboldt County at an elevation of 6,400 feet. The dam was rebuilt in 1988 following Nevada
Department of Wildlife’s purchase of 500 acre-feet minimum pool from the current
landowner. This lake is one of Nevada’s
Knott Creek Reservoir covers 216 surface acres and
has a maximum depth of 24 feet. Fish
include rainbow trout, bowcutt trout (rainbow x cutthroat trout hybrid), and
tiger trout (brown x brook trout hybrid) that generally grow to 30 inches. It is a very productive lake and anglers are
known to catch up to 20 fish per day. The
best times to fish is usually during in June and October. The most productive fly patterns during the
early season include emergers and leeches, and later in the season include
damselflies and dark wooly buggers. Other
successful lures include Flatfish and dark colored spinners. Camping around the lake is primitive.
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.