Western Nevada Fishing Report

Western-Region-Fishing-Report

Updated 11/20/14

CARSON RIVER

Current flow is reported as ice near Gardnerville. Fishing will be poor.

HOBART RESERVOIR

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

LAHONTAN RESERVOIR

Lahontan’s water level is very low and fishing has slowed but anglers are still catching. The best fishing has been by the dam where the Truckee canal normally dumps in to the reservoir. Anglers have reported walleye and wipers in the 15-inch plus range. The dam is closed and no water is coming in from the canal. All state parks boat launches are closed and beach launching is difficult due to muddy banks. Be careful if fishing from a boat due to obstacles that are emerging with the low water.

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. Fishing has been slow.

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

The Truckee's current flow in Reno has been holding between 20 and 30 cfs. The ongoing drought continues to challenge Nevada’s fisheries. Low water levels throughout the Truckee River system will continue to stress this fishery. The colder conditions are starting to bring ice which will further concentrate fish into the deeper pools. Let’s all hope for moisture and a good snowpack.

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

Water flow is currently very low with ice beginning to form. Fishing will be difficult. 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.

URBAN PONDS

Urban ponds will be your best bet for fishing this time of year. Watch the stocking reports and be careful of ice. Some of the ponds have already had ice. The Sparks Marina is ice free during the winter. Best methods for urban ponds would be to use a sliding sinker setup with Power Bait off the bottom or night crawlers below a bobber. Fish are suspended from 7-12 feet. All urban ponds have a limit of 3 game fish.

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.