Western Nevada Fishing Report


Updated 10/14/15


Very low water conditions. Very few places to fish.


opened on May 1 and has been fishing well for those making the short hike in to the lake. Artificial flies and lures (single barbless hooks) are required.


The boat ramp is closed and the reservoir is quickly receding. Fish will actually be concentrated and the persistent angler can catch fish.


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. Kwikfish and broken back lures have also been working.


Closed for the season and will reopen on the second Saturday in February.


Open July 15 through Sept. 30.


Closed November 15 (Opens the Second Saturday in June---June 13, 2015) Access to the Pine Forest best with a 4-wheel drive. Roads in to the Pine Forest are in decent shape in advance of the opener.

Onion Valley Reservoir:Onion is about 40% of capacity for the opener. It has been stocked with about 1,500 trout and will have fish and water until about mid-summer. Irrigation demands will quickly drain the lake and fishing should be done by the mid-July.

Blue Lakes: 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 about 50% full this year and should provide good angling throughout the summer. It is stocked each fall with fingerling trout dropped from a helicopter. Fishing 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.

Knott Creek Reservoir: Knott Creek is about 50% full for the opener. Tiger trout and rainbows have been stocked and there are large holdover fish. Knott Creek is an artificial flies and lures fishing destination. Check the regulations for all of the rules. Fish early because hot weather can cause significant weed buildup in the reservoir. Fish early before the sun hits the water and late when the sun is going down. It will have water all year because NDOW owns a minimum pool for the reservoir.


Bilk Creek Reservoir: Trout fishing has been good lately. Over 1,500 Cuttbows were planted the beginning of September.

Chimney Reservoir: No new reports, but it’s usually slow this time of year.


Rye Patch is fair to slow for catfish, wipers and walleye.


Fishing has been slow and the weed beds are reaching out about 30-40 yards from the shoreline. Recent gill net surveys showed healthy populations of rainbow trout in about 5-6 feet of water right now.


Season opens January 1, 2016. For a group of hard core anglers this is an annual tradition and anyone participating will get a jump on the 2016 fishing season.


Flows in the Truckee are less than 100 cfs and that means more rocks than deep pools to fish in. Fish when the water is cool if you’re going to practice catch-and-release. Reports of great bass fishing in the lower river around Lockwood. Trout fishing has been limited, but the upper river near the California border should provide decent fishing with cooler temps. Flows are not expected to fishable until later in the fall, if then.


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


The East Walker River is very low (22 c.f.s) and very clear. Adequate water flows throughout the year are going to be a big problem for this popular fishery. Fish in the spring because there is no guarantee that the river will fishable past late spring or early summer. Check the regulations for rules governing fishing on the East Walker.


Urban Ponds throughout western Nevada have been visited by the fish truck. Sparks Marina, Paradise Ponds (Reno), Rancho San Rafael (Reno), Wilson Common (Washoe Valley), Baily Pond (Carson City), Crystal Peak Ponds (Verdi) and Mitch Park (Gardnerville Ranchos) all have been stocked. Marilyn’s Pond (Galena Creek Park) will be stocked in late March or early April when the ice melts.


Washoe Lake dried up in 2004 and it has been difficult to recover the fishery as drought continues to haunt western Nevada. It is very low again this year. Fishing is expected to be poor.