Western Nevada Fishing Report

Western-Region-Fishing-Report

Updated 3/20-15

CARSON RIVER

Has been visited by the fish truck. Fish now before water levels disappear.

HOBART RESERVOIR

Closed for the season and will reopen on May 1st.

LAHONTAN RESERVOIR

The boat ramp is closed and the reservoir is very low. Fish will actually be concentrated and the persistent angler can have some success.

LAKE TAHOE

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.

MASON VALLEY WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA

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

MARLETTE LAKE

Closed for the season and will reopen on July 15th.

PINE FOREST COMPLEX

Roads: Access to the Pine Forest best with a 4-wheel drive. Season closes on November 15.

Onion Valley Reservoir:Closed for the season and will reopen on the second Saturday in June.

Blue Lakes: Closed for the season and will reopen on the second Saturday in June.

Knott Creek Reservoir: Closed for the season and will reopen on the second Saturday in June.

HUMBOLDT COUNTY WATERS

Bilk Creek Reservoir: Was recently stocked and trout fishing should be good.

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

RYE PATCH

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 for walleye is picking up.

SPOONER LAKE

Shore fishing is still accessible while ice free. With colder temps float tubes may not be an option but small boats and kayaks will help you get out where the fish are. Worms and PowerBait are good options for spin fishing. Fly anglers usually do well with black, brown, and olive wooly buggers.

TOPAZ LAKE

Closed for the season and will be reopening on January 1. The lake has been stocked during the off season and should be a successful opener. Current water conditions are very low and the boat ramp is closed. Hopefully with enough moisture the ramp will be open by Jan 1st.

TRUCKEE RIVER

This is a great time to be on the Truckee. Since February, about 20,000 trout have been stocked up and down the river. It is not a secret where the trout are stocked. Fish trucks are big vehicles and most bridges across the river are favored spots where trout can be quickly placed in the river.

WALKER LAKE

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

EAST WALKER RIVER

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

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

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.