Western Nevada Fishing Report
Fishing has been tough at Bilk with exceptionally warm
water. Look for bass fishing to improve closer to fall when temperatures drop
A few good reports back from Blue. Sporadic midge, damsels,
and mayfly hatches have fish on the surface early and late in the day. Leech
and damsel patterns have provided anglers with steady catch rates when
retrieved or trolled slowly behind a sinking line. Terrestrial dry flies
including ants and beetles work well when fish are seen on the surface.
Flows on the E. Carson are under 100 and the main fork is
likely at a trickle below Carson now and for the remainder of summer. Burn
areas should be avoided if at all possible. The river is in rough shape between
fires and warm low water. Bass fishing on the lower river between Carson and
Dayton has been fair but should slow with no water. Spin fisherman using
spinners and spoons for bass in deeper standing pools have caught fish.
Fishing has been fair for walleye, crappie, channel catfish
and the occasional wiper.
Fishing has been slow. Heat over the coming weeks will
likely stress the fishery. River flows are already low for this time of year
and fishing is expected to slow as it really heats up.
A great place to escape the heat. Strong Callibaetis hatches
in the late morning have made for some fun afternoons. Terrestrial fishing is
also excellent around shoreline vegetation early and late in the day. Parachute
ants, beetles, and damsel adults are all excellent fly patterns at the moment.
Fish have also been aggressive enough to hunt down slowly retrieved small
nymphs all day in open water. Mayfly, damsels, and dragons are the most
prolific insects at the moment. Fish have been seen on the surface feeding
pretty actively when the wind is down. Trout average 10 inches in Hobart
but there has been a couple fish over 20 inches reported from the lake in the
last two years.
Slow fishing reports from Knott so far this season. The lake
will rebound quickly with adequate water and mild weather.
White bass can be found along most of the sandy beaches
throughout the day but the early mornings and late evenings continue to be
best. Walleye and smallmouth bass have shown up near rocky shoreline and deep
structure along the shore. Ledges are key when looking for the larger white
bass. Largemouth bass fishing has been good around some of the newly exposed
structure. Spin fisherman are doing very well with small spoons, bright
kastmasters, and spinners. Worms and dough on the bottom have been the bait of
choice for the catfish. Large plugs have been fun for some of the largemouth
when the times right. Fly fisherman are finding success with sinking lines and
small chartreuse or white clouser minnows. Boat launches are closed due to low
The heat has fishing fair to slow on Tahoe. Cooler
temperatures will help bring fish up. Shore anglers are using small spinners
for planted trout and larger spoons for larger rainbows and browns around
boulders or other structure.
Fishing has been fair at Hinkson for bass. Bass can be found
early and late in the day right next to shoreline vegetation and other
structure. In addition to the bass, a few trout are still being caught really
early and late in the day. Surface flies and plugs on the surface can be good
near the shore and along the tulles. Spin fisherman bouncing small jigs along
the bottom have been picking up an occasional bass during the middle of the
The trailhead parking area and visitors center at Spooner is
currently under construction limiting access from the Spooner trailhead. This
means fishing has been excellent with very little traffic. The best mid-summer
tactic seems to be big flies for big fish. Retrieving larger streamers near
deep water from shore, or trolling them behind a float tube with a sinking line
has been excellent. A few fish have been seen on the surface early in the day.
Damsels and midge will continue to be the most productive flies next to the
larger streamers and leech patterns.
Fishing has been excellent all summer. Reports of multiple
fish an hour continue to come in. Spin fishing has been best with a small
rooster tails, or powerbait off the bottom. Fly fisherman in float tubes are
doing well with conehead buggers and small weighted leech patterns slowly
trolled behind a float tube.
Fishing has been good for smallmouth and white bass using
rooster tails, rubber worms, and bright colored jigs. Look for smallmouth and
walleye around rocky structure and deeper drop offs. Fly Fisherman are picking
up an occasional walleye or bass on chartreuse woolly buggers or clouser
minnows fishing rocky points. Carp fishing has been good and can be found in
most of the shallow bays.
The trailhead parking area and visitors center at Spooner is
currently under construction limiting access from the Spooner.
Fishing at Squaw Reservoir has been productive this summer
months near the dam for trout or the inlet for bass. Now is the best time
of year for largemouth bass at the reservoir. Early and late in the day poppers
can be effective along and in the shoreline tulles near the inlet. Spinnerbaits
and floating rapalas can also work well along the shoreline for large bass. Fly
fishing with sinking lines near the dam out of boats has been fair to good this
spring and summer for trout.
Topaz has been fishing well, shore anglers with powerbait
and boaters trolling flash rigs are doing the best. Crawlers off the bottom
have also been productive early and late in the day. Finding the deeper water
has been key. Fishing for trout should remain good and productive through fall.
The Truckee is slowing with lower water and extreme heat.
Flows have settled over the last month and are roughly 250cfs in Reno.
Afternoon high temperatures have water temperatures climbing quickly, this
makes early and late fishing critical and catch and release fishing very hard
to do effectively. Sporadic caddis hatches have been reported in the evenings
from downtown upstream to the state line. For those dry fly fisherman, it’s
hopper time on the Truckee. A few larger fish have also shown up recently on
small nymphs using high stick techniques. Caddis pupa, pheasant tails, and
zebra midge are fishing well right now. Spin fisherman using small spinners or
salmon eggs have done well near the major parks including; Crystal Peak,
Mayberry, and Rock park. If temperatures stay well above average the Truckee is
in for a rough late summer.
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. The urban
ponds will again receive trout plantings into summer and fall when temperatures
allow. Marilyn’s pond and the Sparks Marina will likely fish best through early
fall in the higher temperatures. As access and options lesson with the summer
heat, please be patient with everyone trying to get out.
Walker Lake is currently near 50% of capacity and rising. An increase in the lake level is key to the fishery rebounding.
Wall Canyon has been fishing great for smallmouth bass and a
few carryover rainbow trout. Look for trout early and late in the day around
deeper water. Bass are holding fairly shallow late in the day making poppers
along the shoreline a fun option in the evenings. Fly fisherman using larger
streamers along the main inlet channel and in open water have been finding both
trout and bass all day. Dark flies are always a good choice for all of Nevada’s
turbid reservoirs. Crayfish colored plugs and jigs are great options for spin
The drought is greatly effecting Washoe Lake and its
fishing. No reports recently from Washoe and Little Washoe is nearly dry.