Marlette Lake

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Marlette Lake was constructed in 1873 when a small earthen dam was erected at the outlet of a broad, glaciated-basin. The dam was raised several times until 1959, reaching its present height of 45 feet. Water was conveyed to Virginia City via a series of open flumes and pipes (inverted siphon). The State of Nevada purchased Marlette Lake and the surrounding land in 1963. Brook trout were introduced in the 1880’s, Lahontan cutthroat trout in 1964, and Tahoe strain rainbow trout in 1984. The lake is presently used as a brood lake for rainbow and cutthroat trout. Marlette Lake was first opened to fishing in 2006.

Pertinent Information

Marlette lake covers 381 surface acres to a maximum depth of 45 feet. In addition to brook trout, Lahontan cutthroat trout, and rainbow trout, there are speckled dace, suckers and tui chub in the lake. Rainbow trout range between 12 and 18 inches, cutthroat trout between 12 and 20 inches, and brook trout between 10 and 18 inches. Anglers generally catch an average of 3 to 16 fish per day. Successful lures include Kastmasters, Mepps, Vibraxes, Panther Martins, and Daredevil Midgets. Tied-flies include wooly bugger, leech, pheasant tail, hare’s ear, Sheep Creek special, and prince nymph. There is no overnight camping at the lake, but certified camping area is located at Marlette Peak camp ground.


4,000 Lahontan cutthroat trout will be stocked this year.


Season is open July 15 through September 30, 1 hour before sunrise to 2 hours after sunset. Limit is zero fish, catch and release only. Only artificial lures with single barbless hooks may be used. This includes the lake, all tributaries, and outlet stream in Carson City and Washoe Counties.

Boating Regulation

Only vessels without motors are permitted.

Biologist Forecast for 2013

During summer, fishing is generally very good from just before dawn to mid-morning, but slows considerably after that, picking up again in the evening. Fishing can be good all day during fall. Rainbow and brook trout should average about 13 inches and cutthroat trout 15 inches.


  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brook Trout
  • Cutthroat Trout

  • Regions

  • Western Nevada

  • Counties

  • Carson City
  • Washoe