Truckee River

Map of Truckee River

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The Truckee River was originally home to Lahontan cutthroat trout and cui-ui sucker.  During normal years, adult trout ascended from Pyramid Lake and descended from Lake Tahoe to the Truckee River and its tributaries to spawn.  Thousands of young fish returned as natural recruitment to these large lakes.  It was probable that some young and adult cutthroat trout also occurred in the river throughout the year.  With the influx of white settlers in the mid- to late-1800’s, water was diverted for agriculture and municipal use, stream habitats were degraded, the river was over-fished, and other fish species were introduced.  Extinction of the Pyramid Lake cutthroat trout had occurred by the 1930’s.  

Pertinent Information

The Truckee River originates at the outlet of Lake Tahoe and flows approximately 110 miles to Pyramid Lake.  NDOW manages approximately 40 miles of fisheries between the California State line and Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation.  This river is one of the most heavily fished waters in the state, supporting between 60,000 and 100,000 angler days per year.  Anglers can fish for rainbow trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish, and largemouth bass (in lower sections) of the river.  High runoff between March and June makes it difficult to fish, but once flows return to normal in summer, the river becomes easier to fish.  Some of the best fishing occurs in late spring and early summer and again in fall.  Nightcrawlers and Power Bait fished in large pools work great, and fly-fishing and using small spinners are very popular.


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Nevada Fishing Regulations


The Truckee River has been designated a “navigable water” which means that the state of Nevada owns the bed of the Truckee River up to the “present ordinary permanent high water mark.” This means that the bed of the river is public land; however, individuals may not cross private property to get to the river.


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