Western Nevada Fishing Report


Updated 8/12/14


Current flow is 69 cfs near Gardnerville. Fishing will be slow with low flows and high temps.


Hobart may be the best bet for anglers in northern Nevada.  Good fishing has been reported using sheep creek special with sinking line.  Fly anglers should also try ant patterns, water boatman, and crystal Wooly Buggers. Only artificial lures with single barbless hooks may be used. It’s always a good idea to concentrate your efforts on the weeded edges and the water inflow. 


 Lahontan, despite the low water (or maybe because of it) the fishing has been pretty good.  The best fishing has been by the dam where the Truckee canal dumps in.  Anglers are reporting walleye and wipers in the 15-inch plus range. The dam was closed last week and water levels will remain pretty constant for about a month with a little water from the canal coming in, this should make fishing easier and better for a few weeks. All state parks boat launches are closed and beach launching is difficult due to muddy banks.


Lake Tahoe is the place to be if you are fishing from a boat in northern Nevada.  It may be one of the few places you still can launch a boat and catch a fish.  Anglers have been reporting good success catching Mackinaw in the 3-5 pound range. Anglers are concentrating in the 150 – 300 feet with white dodgers and minnows. 


Mason Valley, bass fishing has been good at Hinkson and North pond, float tubes and kayaks are needed to get into the open channels where anglers can access the fish. Trout fishing slow to nonexistent lately.


Fishing has been good.  Make sure you have enough water for the five mile hike in.  Fishing is allowable one hour before sunrise to two hours after sunset.  Limit is zero fish, catch and release fishing only.  Only artificial lures with single barbless hooks may be used. 


Roads: Access to the Pine Forest best with a 4-wheel drive.

Onion Valley ReservoirWater level is very low.  Fishing has been fair to slow. People are catching 12"-14" fish. Onion started with only a half pool of water because of the drought. Irrigation demands are quickly draining the.

Blue LakesFishing has been and remains good for both bait and fly anglers. Four species of trout can be caught in Blue Lakes: brook, tiger, rainbows and cutbows. Fish from 10 to 18 inches are being caught. Blue Lakes is located only a couple of miles above Onion Valley Reservoir but is only accessible by a hiking trail. It offers opportunity for both bait and fly anglers. It is 60-75% full this year and should provide good angling throughout the summer. Water level is low, but fishing has been good for 10"-12".  Fly fisherman have been catching fish on nymphs and some on dry flies.  Bait fisherman are catching fish on your typical power bait and worms.

Knott Creek ReservoirFishing has been fair to slow with warmer temperatures.  Most of the fish should be concentrated in the deeper water near the dam.  Early morning fishing should be the best.  Typical leach and nymph patterns are catching fish.  Midge patterns under a strike indicator should still be working near the dam.  Knott Creek is an artificial fly and lure fishing destination. Fly anglers have reported luck with sheep creek and black leach patterns down deep. Check the regulations for all of the rules. Fish early before the sun hits the water and late when the sun is going down.


 Bilk Creek Reservoir:  Fishing has been good for bass using spinner baits and top water poppers. Anglers in float tubes casting top water poppers at the bass will catch fish. As things heat up, morning and evening fishing is recommended.

Humboldt County Small StreamsSmall streams in the Santa Rosa Mountains are all producing lots of brook trout. Abel, Singas, McConnell, Rebel and Canyon Creeks are small but full of fish. Be careful while hiking many of these small streams because of the frequent occurrences of rattlesnakes.

Chimney Reservoir:Fishing has been fair for walleye and wipers.  Most anglers are catching fish on worms.  


The boat launches are closed due to low water levels. Shore launching is risky and is done at your own risk. Fishing has been slow for wipers and walleye. Anglers have reported fair evening and night fishing for catfish with normal catfish baits.


The weed bed continues to be a problem around Spooner Lake. If anglers do find an opening they should have some success. A watercraft such as a float tube or kayak is the key to unlocking this lake’s hold on fishing. Fly anglers have had luck using black, brown, and green wooly buggers. If you are fly fishing, a floating line this time of year is all you need but later in the year anglers will need to transition to an intermediate line for deeper presentation.


Fishing is starting to slow down. Trout were holding at 20 plus foot depth but downriggers were moderately successful during July, lake stratification will get worse during August and trout will be squeezed down until temps cool in the Fall. No bass reports but fishing should be good if you can get a boat out. (county ramp is closed, launching from the beach near the outlet structure is still OK though) Boat anglers should try using Rapalas and nightcrawlers behind dodgers. Shore fishermen should try PowerBait, Power Eggs, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers.


The Truckee's current flow in Reno is 152+ cfs. The ongoing drought continues to challenge Nevada’s fisheries.  Low water levels throughout the Truckee River system will continue to stress this fishery.  Fishing will be ok in the upper river but the lower river will have high temps and declining flows.  Let’s all hope for rain.   


No new updates. No Lahontan cutthroat have been reported or seen at Walker Lakes since 2009. Launching is not possible right now.


East Walker Flow is currently at 56 cfs. Fishing has been good even with low flows. Anglers have reported good May hatches. Try using May fly patterns this time of year and drop off a heavy weighted caddis or bb shot with a caddis pattern. Fish the edges hard this time of year, fish tend to concentrate on the edges to gobble up stone fly hatches and bait fish. Current brown trout study is going on and researchers are requesting information on tagged fish including color (to determine if wild or hatchery) and location where caught.


Limit is three fish at our urban ponds. Most urban ponds have slowed down due to the warmer water temperatures. Early morning will generally be the best time for fishing. Marilyn’s Pond, Sparks Marina, and Idlewild have received the most recent stocking. Best methods for urban ponds would be to use a sliding sinker setup with Powerbait off the bottom or nightcrawlers below a bobber. Fish are suspended from 7-12 feet. All urban ponds have a limit of 3 game fish. 


Washoe Lake dried up in 2004 and, although it is presently full and has been restocked, the fish population, consisting mostly of channel catfish and white bass, is small. Fishing is expected to be poor.