Western Nevada Fishing Report


Updated 4/15/16


Upper Carson River has not been stocked yet, spring flows are still high, as flows drop stocking will commence and fishing should pick up after that. Very low water conditions. Very few places to fish.


Open May 1 through September 30


Lahontan did not go dry in 2015 but it came close. Fish did survive and water is being directed in to the reservoir. It remains to be seen how good fishing will be this spring because of the effects of the drought. If you like fishing for carp, this is the place to go to get some nicely sized carp. No good reports from Lahontan yet but we imagine crappie fishing could be decent as temps warm, wiper/walleye fishing will be slow until the fall, we are planning to stock wiper again and when the reservoir level drops in September-October fishing will probably pick up again.


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 with many parties claiming limits. Anglers are concentrating in the 150 – 300 feet with white dodgers and minnows. Kwikfish and broken back lures have also been working.


Trout fishing should be good with the cool spring temps. Bass fishing will pick up later this spring and should provide great opportunity fishing throughout the summer.


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: 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 golden algae bloom that led to a substantial fish kill in the fall of 2015 has left a big question mark over the immediate future of this fishery. Fishing is expected to be slow, due to the fish die off that occurred in 2015. A few catfish survived the die off. Stocking and rebuilding the fishery will begin this spring and summer. Rye Patch was stocked March 29, 2016


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 opened on 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. Topaz still fishing good from boats, rainbow averaging 16-18 inches, limits are being caught by some.


This is a great time to be on the Truckee River. Stocking began in late March and there is plenty of water to toss a line. When the runoff comes off this year’s big snowpack, fish the edges of the river (slower water). 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. Fishing early in the day and fishing often are two useful tips. The Truckee River has been stocked as recently as 3/30/2016


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 (31 c.f.s to begin April) and very clear. The fish truck has visited this river. 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. EWR fishing starting to pick up for wild brown trout.


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) was stocked on March 19, 2016.


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.