Wall Canyon Reservoir
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Wall Canyon Reservoir was constructed in 1960 by Lewis Cockrell. The reservoir covers both private and BLM land and is managed by NDOW as a public fishery.
The reservoir covers 133 surface acres and has a maximum depth of 55 feet. In the past, large quantities of water were released from Wall Canyon Reservoir to provide for agricultural needs downstream. Consequently, the reservoir became very low, preventing hatchery trucks from stocking at times. Smallmouth bass, Wall Canyon suckers, bowcutt trout (rainbow x cutthroat hybrid), rainbow trout, brown trout, and speckled dace occur in the reservoir. Results from 2009 Mail-in, Angler Questionnaire Survey found anglers caught an average of 8 fish per day. Rainbow trout have been averaging 14 inches and smallmouth bass about 10 inches. Spring, early summer (through June), and fall are the best times to fish. Camping is unimproved. Roads may be muddy in spring or after rain, making the reservoir difficult to reach. The reservoir is turbid (muddy) and, therefore, lures or flies should be dark colored and/or have rattles.
Wall Canyon will receive 2,000 sterile rainbow trout each in spring and another 2,000 in the fall.
General regulations apply. Open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limits are 5 trout and 15 warmwater game fish of which not more than 5 may be black bass.
A vessel must be operated at a speed that leaves a flat wake, but in no case may be operated at a speed in excess of 5 nautical miles per hour.
From Reno, travel 30 miles east on Interstate 80. Turn north onto Highway 447 at Wadsworth. Travel 135 miles through Gerlach turning right onto a dirt road marked by a windmill just north of Duck Flat. Continue 8 miles along this dirt road to Wall Canyon Reservoir.