Western Nevada Fishing Report


Updated: 2018-05-11


Fishing for both trout and bass has been good.  Spinner baits and top water plugs are the best bet for bass.  For trout powerbait, small spinners, and cast masters are working well.  Fly anglers are catching fish on bead headed nymph and leach patterns. Bluegill fishing had been good.  Anglers are catching bluegill near flooded vegetation using rubber jigs and small spinners.



Closed to fishing – Season reopens on June 9th.  



Snow runoff has raised the flow of the East Fork of the Carson. Fishing over the weekend was slow. Low water temperatures combined with high flows make for tough conditions.  There were reports of a few rainbows caught in the 2 to 4 lb. range. Most were caught on lures with a few on salmon eggs. With warmer temperatures the fishing will be good and the bite should turn on. 





Fishing is fair to 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, tend to stick with the chartreuse and yellow Clouser minnows. Note that all tiger muskie must be released and report the tag # to NDOW.



Flows are prime and fishing continues to be good on the East Walker from Rosachi Ranch to Sportsmen’s Beach. Flows have been pretty consistently around 150-200 cfs making for prime spring conditions.  As we slide into late spring conditions, the skwala stonefly hatch should continue to slow down. As water temperatures rise, the caddis will likely be out in full force. Nymph fishing has slowed slightly but streamer fishing has gotten better with the recent bump in flows. Those indicator fishing or high sticking small golden stone nymphs, worm patterns, and pheasant tails are doing very well. For the spin anglers, aggressive fish are eager to hit small kastmasters, rapalas, and panther martins.




Fishing should be great with the warmer weather. Although, fisherman should be aware that the access road to the Hobart reservoir parking area (ash canyon road) is still closed. There is one remaining snow drift on the road at approx. 6,000' and Carson City is working on a handful of water damage repairs to finish before they can allow public access.  Expect fishing to be great with the warmer temps we are forecasted to experience.  Any type of spinner from the shoreline can be productive as well as trolling flies from a float tube. Fishing will likely be great this season with the limited fishing pressure last year.   



Closed to fishing – Season reopens June 9th.




After losing majority of the fishery in the drought, Lahontan reservoir is really starting to fish well. Last year’s stocking and transplanting efforts are already starting to show.  White bass from shore are popular now and anglers have reported catching Wipers up to 5 lbs recently, mostly from boats. Spin fisherman using chartreuse and white jigs are finding good bass numbers. Fly fisherman are finding bass along many of the sand beaches. As temperatures rise fishing will just continue to get better. Don’t miss the Kids Carp Derby on June 2nd, 2018 at Lahontan Reservoir.




Anglers have been reporting good success catching Mackinaw in the 3-5 pound range from boats concentrating in 30-100’ of water. Anglers are also reporting success on rainbow trout toplining within about 200 feet of the shoreline or shore fishing with heavy spoons and casting as far out as possible.  As spring progresses and temperatures rise anglers can expect the rainbow fishing to pick up.



Hinkson Slough – The trout have been active sporadically on the surface in the late morning till dark. Fluctuating temperatures has had little effect on the trout fishing but the bass have slowed down with the cool temps. The warmer weather has really help to improve the bass fishing in the late afternoon to evenings. Spin fisherman have reported bass up to 6 pounds using Senko worms and Mepps spinners. Fly fishermen in float tubes are having good success catching hatchery stocked trout (mostly 8-10”) using small midge patterns under indicators on floating lines. For those who don’t like the bobber, a small unweighted sheep creek special slowly retrieved is pretty hard to beat. Damsels and dragons should start to become active soon. 




Closed to fishing at this time.  Open July 15 through Sept. 30.



Closed to fishing at this time – Season reopens June 9.




Fishing has been slow.  Some wipers are being caught below the dam.  Fishing will just continue to improve with good water conditions. Spin Fisherman are finding that Rapala minnow imitations are working well. Fly Fisherman are picking up the occasional bass on chartreuse woolly buggers and clouser minnows.




The few reports coming in seem to be a little inconsistent, primarily due to the ice present until a few weeks ago. Bait fisherman have reported some rainbow holdovers to 15”. Morning mayfly and midge hatches have been a little inconsistent but fish seem to still be on the surface till the sun comes up. Even with the recent ice off, some vegetation is definitely present. Fly fisherman in boats have been doing well slowly trolling small brown buggers and rust leech patterns. We’re looking forward to good damsel hatches coming up here pretty quick. 


Fishing has been slow with the majority of the catch being channel catfish.  The recent stocking event has improved the fishing for trout and should continue to be good on the dam end of the lake. The largemouth bass are showing up in solid numbers in the shallows. Spin fisherman have been tossing small spinners and spoons from shore for trout, and larger rapalas for the bass. Fly Fisherman have been trolling along the dam picking up trout periodically. The bass fishing along the shoreline and tules during low light periods can provide popper fisherman with some explosive action.



Topaz trout fishing has remained good. In spite of warmer air temps the water temp has stayed cool due to flow through from the river, most fish are of the recent hatchery origin but some up to 16-18” have been reported in April. A few reports of smallmouth being caught already but nothing to write home about…yet. Fly fisherman in boats can look forward to incredible carp fishing near the inlet coming up in June.



Runoff is full swing at the moment but we should see it start to taper off soon. In town the flows are around 1200 cfs and the water clarity is perfect for this time of year. With the higher flows, very few consistent hatches have been reported.  With a couple years of higher water, we should see great hatches of little yellow stones and green drakes this spring. The caddis hatches should also be pretty thick this summer for us down on this side of the border. Until we get a little closer to the 600cfs mark, efforts should be kept to slower water and larger protected areas outside any main current. As temperatures climb, fish should start to become even more aggressive than they already have been. Spin anglers are fishing larger kastmasters and rapalas concentrating on deeper pools and runs. Fly fishing has been good even with the high flows. As long as the clarity is good fishing should just continue to get better. Nymphs and streamers have been the best bet. Large streamers like Cutter’s Goblin Zuddler Minnow, and the Zoo Cougars have been very effective. Nymph fishing has also been very good if you know where to find the fish. As long as the water is slightly green from snowmelt, try to keep most efforts in protected and slower currents. Two and three nymph/indicator rigs with Conehead Buggers, Wire Worms, and Micro Mayflies have been excellent producers. Expect the river to be higher than normal this summer due to the abundance of water our reservoirs are holding. Until flows do come down, it’s safer to fish from the shore for now.   





The urban ponds are fishing really well since being stocked the last month.  Fisherman are having luck using Powerbait, small night crawlers and salmon eggs. With the warmer midday temperatures some urban ponds are starting to get a little weedy. Crystal Peak Ponds, Davis Creek Pond, Sparks Marina, and Marilyn’s Pond will continue to see stocking through the spring and early summer.  




No new updates. No Lahontan cutthroat have been reported or seen at Walker Lake since 2009. Launching is not possible right now.


Fishing has been exceptional for some larger browns and carryover rainbows have been reported in the 14-18 inch range. Smallmouth bass in the 10-12 inch range are also being caught in good numbers.  The reservoir is currently full. Spin fisherman have been successful with small spinners for the trout and small bright rapalas for the bass, bright jigs are also a pretty good bet at the reservoir right now.


Washoe Lake has benefitted from the historic winter of 2016-2017 and has reached levels not seen in over a decade. Stocking of several thousand channel catfish and white crappie has occurred in both Little Washoe Lake and Washoe Lake during the 2017 season. Some larger carp are starting to show up again and the fishing this June should be epic for them.