Western Nevada Fishing Report
Trout fishing has been fair when open water can be found.
Fishing for bass has slowed considerably. Majority of activity is now limited
to trout in the late afternoons. Bait fishing with dough bait and worms will
attract the occasional trout
Blue Lakes closes to fishing on November 15th
Fishing has been good on the Carson with flows around 200
cfs. A few BWO/Baetis mayflies are hatching in the afternoons and midge can be
seen all day. Fishing should continue to be good in the usual spots until the
spring melt begins. High water tactics will be the key to success coming up as
flows start to increase. Look for fish in slower moving water and along
protected banks. Fly fisherman high sticking small bright streamers and dark
nymphs are likely to find the occasional fish. Spin fisherman should find
success with bright rapalas and dark spinners in deep slow moving water. It’s a
good idea to keep an eye on flows this time of year, early spring rainstorms
and exceptionally warm days can really bump flows quickly to dangerously high
Fishing is slow for walleye, crappie, wiper and catfish. A
few walleye are being caught slowly trolling minnow imitations or worm
harnesses. Trolling faster with rapala minnow imitations is a good method for
walleye as well. For crappie use bright colored jigs in the flooded vegetation.
The few that fly fish Chimney Reservoir tend to stick with the chartreuse and
yellow Clouser minnows. Note that all tiger muskie must be released and report
the tag # to NDOW. Additional Tiger Muskie fingerlings will be introduced
during the 2019 season and some larger fish are showing up during surveys.
Flows are way down on the East Walker and fish are spooky.
Fly fisherman tight line nymphing through the deeper runs with small flies and
light tippets are finding a few fish. Cold temps have limited the dry fly
activity for now. Look for that to change as some small stones, midge and
baetis mayflies start to hatch soon. Spin fisherman are finding the occasional
fish slowly moving small spinners on light lines in the deeper pools.
Hobart closes to fishing on September 30th.
Knott Creek closes to fishing on November 15th
Fishing has been slow. It should be an incredible year with
the current snowpack and previous seasons catch rates. Fishing will pick up for
bass closer to April with warmer temperatures.
Fishing has been good from boats and fair from shore. Slow
moving spoons in combination with flashers in the top 20 feet have been
effective all day. Jigging and trolling for macs has been fair.
Hinkson slough has been good with the pleasant weather. Fly
fisherman using larger midge pupa under an indicator or slowly retrieved are
finding fish most of the day. The challenge has been keeping the flies near the
bottom and out of the silt and snags. Spin fisherman are finding fish using
small jigs slowly bounced along the bottom.
Marlette Lake closes to fishing on September 30th
Onion Valley closes to fishing on November 15th
Fishing has been slow. Fishing will just continue to
improve with good water conditions and spring temperatures. Spin Fisherman are
finding that Rapala minnow imitations are working well. Fly Fisherman are
picking up an occasional walleye, bass, or carp on chartreuse woolly buggers or
Spooner Lake remains open to fishing during the winter months
but is typically covered in ice by mid-December. Access will likely be tough
until the ice comes off in spring.
Fishing at Squaw Reservoir can be productive through the
winter months especially on the northwest portion of the reservoir where warm
springs keep water temperatures up. As spring progresses expect Bass
fishing to heat up. May to mid-June is typically the best time of year
for largemouth bass at the reservoir. Fishing for rainbow trout in the
deeper portions of the reservoir in the winter can also be productive.
The opener was one of the best on record. The water record
was broken and plenty of fish have been caught. Catch rates are about 1 fish
per hour with some fish being caught up to 24” from shore and boats. Shore
fisherman are using large spoons, diving plugs. and crawlers deep off the
bottom. Look for fishing to just keep getting better as spring creeps in.
The Truckee is fishing well now that we are warming up a
little. Water temps are near 48 degrees bringing the insects back to life.
BWO/Baetis mayflies are hatching in fair numbers on pleasant days and should
get better with warmer temps. Until runoff increases the flows, fishing should
just get better. Spin fisherman using larger jigs and rapala style minnows are
finding some good fish from downtown to sparks. It’s a good idea to be aware of
the new special regulations that went into effect on the lower river below the
Lockwood Bridge if you’re headed out.
Very few of the urban ponds in the western region have been
stocked in 2020 but some carryover fish may be found. The Sparks Marina
will offer the best chance to catch an array of species while waters like
Virginia Lake and Paradise Park Ponds may still hold a number of channel
catfish and some carryover rainbow trout.
As a result of declining water levels, Total Dissolved
Solids (TDS) in Walker Lake has increased dramatically to the point that the
lake can no longer support its native fish and wildlife populations. The last
Lahontan cutthroat trout was documented in the lake in 2009. An increase in the
lake level is key to reestablishing a fishery in Walker Lake. To learn more
about efforts to restore Walker Lake, you can visit the Walker Basin
Conservancy website at: https://www.walkerbasin.org/history-of-walker-lake
Some ice is still present on the lake, but fishing has been
great where you can find open water. Bass fishing has slowed but trout are
eager to eat just about anything. Slow moving rooster tails and jigs near the
bottom are producing good fish. Dough bait and worms are both effective all
day. Fly fisherman slowly retrieving larger woolly bugger and leech patterns
are doing well.
Stocking of several thousand channel catfish and white
crappie along with half a million juvenile white bass has occurred in both
Little Washoe Lake and Washoe Lake during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Little
Washoe has repots of some white bass being caught on small flies and spinner
when temperatures are up. I string of nice days could lead to some pretty
exciting winter fishing.