Western Nevada Fishing Report
Current flow is 30 cfs near
Gardnerville. Fishing will be slow with low flows.
Hobart may be the best bet for
anglers in northern Nevada but will be closing Sept. 30. Good
fishing has been reported using sheep creek special with sinking line.
Fly anglers should also 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
Lahontan, despite the
low water (or maybe because of it) the fishing has been pretty good. The best fishing has been by the dam where the
Truckee canal dumps in. Anglers are
reporting walleye and wipers in the 15-inch plus range. The dam was closed last
week and water levels will remain pretty constant for about a month with a
little water from the canal coming in, this should make fishing easier and
better for a few weeks. 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.
Mason Valley, bass fishing has been
good at Hinkson and North pond, float tubes and kayaks are needed to get into
the open channels where anglers can access the fish. Trout fishing slow to
nonexistent lately. Will be closed to fishing Sept. 30.
Fishing has been good. Make
sure you have enough water for the five mile hike in. Fishing is
allowable one hour before sunrise to two hours after sunset. Limit is
zero fish, catch and release fishing only. Only artificial lures with
single barbless hooks may be used. Season will be closed Sept. 30.
PINE FOREST COMPLEX
Access to the Pine Forest best with a 4-wheel drive. Season closes on November
Onion Valley Reservoir: Reservoir
started the season with low water and was drained due to water demands. It is
slowly refilling but will not have fish until restocked.
Blue Lakes: Recently
stocked on Sept. 17th with cuttbows and rainbows, 2004 and 3528
respectively. 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. 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. Water level
is low, but fishing has been good for 10"-12". Fly fisherman
have been catching fish on nymphs and some on dry flies. Bait fisherman
are catching fish on your typical power bait and worms.
Knott Creek Reservoir: Fishing
should be good this fall even with the low water. Most of the fish have
been concentrated in the deeper water near the dam. Typical leach and
nymph patterns are catching fish. Midge patterns under a strike indicator
should still be working near the dam. 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.
HUMBOLDT COUNTY WATERS
Bilk Creek Reservoir: Fishing has been good for bass using spinner baits and top water poppers.
Anglers in float tubes casting top water poppers
at the bass will catch fish. As things heat up, morning and evening fishing is
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: No new reports.
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.
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.
Season will be closing on September
30 and reopening on January 1. Fishing has been slow.
The Truckee's current flow in Reno has
been between 25 and 45 cfs. The ongoing drought continues to challenge Nevada’s
fisheries. Low water levels throughout the Truckee River system will
continue to stress this fishery. Fishing will be okay in the upper river
but the lower river will continue to drop. Let’s all hope for rain.
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 24
cfs. Fishing has been good even with low flows. It was recently stocked on
September 11 with 1608 rainbows. Try using callibaetis, October caddis, and San
Juan worm patterns this time of year. 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.
Limit is three fish at our urban
ponds. 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.