Western Nevada Fishing Report


Updated 11/17/16


East Fork of the Carson River’s current flow is 112 cfs near Gardnerville. Fishing will pick up as the flows stabilize and the NDOW hatchery truck will be visiting soon which should make a recipe for success.


Open May 1 - Closed September 30.


Fishing at Lahontan has turned off lately because of the low water levels. Water levels are hovering around 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.


Closed to fishing September 30.


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: Closed to fishing November 15.

Blue Lakes: Closed to fishing November 15.

Knott Creek Reservoir: Closed to fishing November 15.


Bilk Creek Reservoir: Fishing has been good for trout. Trout were stocked in early October. Bass fishing has been fair and will slow down at the temperatures cool. Anglers in float tubes casting top water poppers at the bass will catch fish. Trout fishing should remain good until ice over.

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. The water levels continue to drop. Fishing has been slow. Anglers have reported fair evening and night fishing for catfish with your normal catfish baits. The fish truck dropped 500 rainbows on October 11.


As the temperature of fall start to drop the weed bed around Spooner Lake will recede and the fishing will get better. 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. This time of year anglers will need to transition to an intermediate line for deeper presentation. Fish are hanging around the 5’-6’ depth.


Closed September 30. Fishing re-opens on January 1, 2017.


The Truckee's current flow in Reno is 549 cfs. This year’s river flows are some of the best we’ve seen in the last 4 years. 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 fishermen can have success nymphing with mayflies, caddis, hoppers, stoneflies and crayfish patterns. Fishing will only get better with the cooler weather. 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. The river didn’t get blown out by the last couple storms so it should continue to fish good over the next month. The NDOW fish truck is planning a trip there soon, and will be planting the Elbow and downstream.


Most urban ponds have remained steady throughout the last month. Early morning will generally be the best time for fishing. Marilyn’s Pond received 500 rainbows on September 28 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. Spinners and Kastmasters are a great option too. 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.