Western Nevada Fishing Report


Updated 6/23/14


Current flow is 109 cfs near Gardnerville. Fishing should be good while current flows persist but will soon be too low. Lure fisherman should try Kastmasters and Blue Fox lures. Salmon eggs drifted works well this time of year. Fly anglers should try prince nymphs, gold ribbed hares ear and yellow stones. Check recent stalking reports.


Opened May 1 and stocked with rainbow, brown trout and most recently with tiger trout, 5004, 961, and 903 respectively. Fishing is good this time of year and fly anglers should 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.


The boat ramp is closed and the reservoir is quickly receding. Fish will actually be concentrated and the persistent angler can catch a lot of fish over the next few weeks.

Walleye have still been showing up in and around the beach areas. Best methods for Walleye have been worms trolled in a worm harness behind flashers and live minnows. Wipers should start showing up in the narrows. Best methods for wipers have been jigs and plastic worms fished shallow in the morning and evening. Low water levels but still fishable. There is still no boat access.   


No new reports. Fish have started to transition to the deeper water anywhere from 80 to 150 feet. Top lining still has been producing brown trout and rainbow near any structure type areas. While top lining, try using minnow plugs and spoons and make sure to change up often. The fish can be very selective this time of year. White dodgers trailing minnows is still a very effective method for Mackinaw.


 The bass fishing has picked up in the last couple of weeks with the warmer weather. Anglers have been using top water baits and soft baits. For best results try drop shots and Texas Rig. Colors for soft baits have been root beer and black. Fly anglers for trout have reported success using midge patterns and copper johns.


Opens July 15 and will close September 30th.


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

Onion Valley Reservoir: Onion started with only a half pool of water because of the drought. Irrigation demands are quickly draining the lake and fishing should be done by the first week in August.

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 is 60-75% 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: The opener was good for big fish. Water temperatures are beginning to heat up and when that happens, weed beds expand. 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: Bilk Creek Reservoir has slowed down for trout fishermen as water temperatures increase. Bass fishing around those same weed beds will remain good throughout the summer. 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 Streams: Small 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 good. Anglers are still catching 14-inch wipers with an occasional walleye. Fishing is best in morning and evening hours (when the wind isn't blowing).


The boat launches are closed due to low water levels. Shore launching is risky and is done at your own risk. Rye Patch is low but the fishing is picking up. Walleyes are being caught by trollers and wipers are being caught by both trollers and shore fishermen. It is hot, take shade and plenty of water


No new reports. Anglers have reported good fishing with PowerBait in rainbow and orange. 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. The lake is going down and the bass are starting to transition to deep water. Fishing will slow down after the spawn. The trout fishing will continue to slow down as the boating activity increases. 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 406+ cfs. Early morning and evening fishing has been good while the temps are cooler. Mayfly and caddis patterns have been working well. For traditional anglers this time of year floating salmon eggs, PowerBait and lures imitating bait fish work well. Check recent stalking reports. If you are going to fish on the Nevada side of the river then it is crucial to fish in the mornings. The combination of low water, hot days and lots of people in the river in the afternoons is really making the fishing tougher than normal. Flows are expected to remain good for angling until early August.


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.


All of our urban ponds have been receiving regular stocking. 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.