Western Nevada Fishing Report


Updated 10/6/16


East Fork of the Carson River’s current flow is 58 cfs near Gardnerville. Fishing will be slow with low flows and high temps. Anglers can have some success above Horseshoe.


Open May 1 - Closed September 30.


Lahontan, despite the low water (or maybe because of it) the fishing has been pretty good for catfish. Water levels are approximately 36,000 acre feet. The best fishing has been by the dam where the Truckee canal dumps in. 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. The hatchery truck has visited Cave Rock and Sand Harbor in recent weeks. Reports of fish being caught from shore using spinners. Cave Rock is now closed due to construction.


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


Open July 15 - Closed September 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: Opens June 11th. Fish will be stocked before the opener. Fishing is expected to be fair.

Blue Lakes: Opens June 11th. Fishing is expected to be good for the opener.

Knott Creek Reservoir: Opens June 11th. Fishing is expected to be good for the opener.


Bilk Creek Reservoir: Has been fishing good for trout. It was stocked with 4,000 trout in March. Bass fishing should pick up with warmer weather.

Chimney Reservoir: Fishing has been slow to fair. As it warms up fishing is expected to improve. Note that all tiger muskie must be released and report the tag # to NDOW.


The boat launches are closed due to low water levels. Shore launching is risky and is done at your own risk. Fishing has been spotty, but some reports show wipers and walleye in the 5-6 pound range. Anglers have reported fair evening and night fishing for catfish with your 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 263 cfs. The flows on the river are some of the best we’ve seen in the last 4 years. August is a tough month for fishing, but we’ve been getting some great reports from anglers that know how to fish the Truckee. Fish exceeding the 20 inch mark are not that uncommon. Fly fisherman can have success nymphing with mayflies, caddis, hoppers, stoneflies and crayfish patterns. Fishing will only get better with the cooler weather coming soon. Over 75,000 fish have been stocked in the Truckee River this year.


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 85 cfs. East Walker River fishing has been good early morning and late afternoon from the Elbow upstream to the state line, fish are inactive during the heat of the day. Fish are stressed due to temperature so take care in handling


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 has received the most recent stocking and fishing is always good there. 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 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.