Wilson Reservoir

Wilson Reservoir

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Wilson Sink Reservoir was constructed in 1954 and owned by the Petan Ranch.  It is used for irrigation storage and the reservoir has large seasonal drawdowns.  The land surrounding the reservoir is public and administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  

Pertinent Information

At a maximum capacity, the reservoir covers 800 surface acres and has a maximum depth of 30 feet.  Wilson Sink Reservoir receives a fair amount of angling pressure, has a put-grow-and-take rainbow trout fishery, and a self-sustaining largemouth bass fishery.  Trout usually range from 13 to 17 inches and the best time to catch them is from May through September.  Fly-fishing is good from a float-tube or boat, but still-fishing using nightcrawlers, corn, Power Bait, small spinner, or spoons works just as well.  Trolling lures, flies, and flashers with bait also will catch fish.  Bass fishing is usually fair to good during late spring and summer and the average size is about 12 inches.  Shore can be productive, but in summer, fishing from a boat brings the best success.  Spinner baits, crankbaits, and a variety of rubber grubs and worms are productive.  BLM offers a campground, boat launch, water, restrooms, and a trailer dump.  


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Nevada Fishing Regulations

Boating Regulations

No special boating regulations.


Travel north from Elko 27 miles on State Route 225, turn onto State Route 226. Continue 38 miles to the end of the pavement, turn left at the “Y” on State Route 11 dirt road (follow the Wilson Reservoir signs). Follow this for 8 miles, turn left on dirt road, and travel 3.5 miles to a “right turn” sign. The reservoir is 7 miles down the road.


  • Rainbow Trout
  • Largemouth Bass

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  • Eastern Nevada

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  • Elko County