Western Nevada Fishing Report


Updated: 2018-12-06


Cool nights are helping to improve the trout fishing while the bass bite is still on during the warmest part of the day. Spin fishermen are finding bass on spinners and small spoons. Fly fisherman are finding trout in deeper areas of the lake on nymphs and small streamers. Look for fish on the surface early and late in the day and try just about any terrestrial pattern on the surface; hoppers, ants, and beetles are great choices. 




Fishing has been good this season and it will pick-up with the cooler temps on the way. Recently, burnt orange leech and sheep creek specials slowly retrieved on sinking or sink tip lines have been the best bet. Fish will likely spend more time in the shallows and on the surface with the season change. Small terrestrials and midge patterns will likely draw a strike when fish are steady on the surface. Scud patterns and Zug bugs under indicators are consistent producers when all else fails. 



It’s really been an up and down season for the Carson, primarily being up. Flows remained pretty high till the end of June keeping much of the fishing limited. Since then, fishing has been excellent with flows closer to normal fall levels now. The parks and bridges where stocking occurs has definitely been the most consistent option. Bait fisherman using light lines and leaders drifting salmon eggs are catching regularly. Spin fishing has been fair with small kastmasters in deeper pools and light spinners in open water. Caddis have been the name of the game for fly fisherman. Larger caddis dries early and late in the day have made for entertaining fishing. Try a caddis pupa or larva under a stimulator dry fly during the afternoons.     






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 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.



Fishing continues to be excellent on the East Walker. It did slow slightly due to extended high temps but will bounce back quickly with fall nearly here. As water temperatures drop, the caddis activity will slow some but still be the bug of choice until the cold really sets in. Nymph fishing has slowed slightly but streamer fishing has gotten better with the recent unstable flows. Those indicator fishing or high sticking small worm patterns, olive hares ear, caddis pupa, and pheasant tails are still doing very well. Light tippet will help as late summer and fall water levels slowly fall into winter flows. The streamer bite should really be on in the coming weeks as fish become more active in cooler water. For the spin fishermen, aggressive fish are eager to hit small floating/diving rapalas. 




Closed for the Season    




Fishing has been great and should remain that way until mid-summer temperatures take hold. For the fly fisherman, damsels are out in full force but midge hatches are a little less consistent with the hotter temps. Fishing from shore is still productive but it’s likely to turn into a boat game as the vegetation takes ahold of the shoreline. Trolling leech patterns for larger aggressive trout has been the most popular method here but there are still fish on the surface early and late in the day. Throw a hopper or large ant pattern along the shoreline vegetation for the occasional mid-day surface slam. If all else fails, the sheep creek special and red zebra midge combo under an indicator will almost always work. Spin anglers have been doing well with smaller spoons and rapalas. 



White bass from shore are popular now and anglers have reported catching Wipers up to 5 lbs in the last few weeks. The bass have been a little inconsistent but when you find them, expect to hook up often. Spin fisherman using chartreuse and white jigs, kastmasters, and small spinners are finding good bass numbers. Fly fisherman are finding bass on bright streamers along many of the sand beaches. In addition to the bass, aggressive carp and even a few large walleye have been caught this season. As temperatures rise, fishing will just continue to get better.




Anglers are reporting excellent fishing for Lake Trout in the 70-100 foot range on days when the water is calm.  Toplining for large rainbow and brown trout has also been productive in shallower water (less than 50 feet in depth).  Targeting the shallow bays seems to be the most productive for rainbows and browns.  The Sand Harbor boat launch is closed for the season and Cave Rock boat ramp is subject to closure due to inclement weather, please be sure to call prior to making the trip.



Hinkson Slough – The warmer weather has really helped to improve the bass fishing all day. Trout fishing will continue to slow with the heat. Spin fisherman have reported bass up to 6 pounds using Senko worms and Mepps spinners. Fly fishermen are still catching a few hatchery stocked trout (mostly 8-10”) using damsels and small midge patterns under indicators or retrieved slowly.




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



Reports from the opener were excellent. Spin fisherman using small rooster tails, spoons, kastmasters, and mepps caught trout in the 12-14” range. Fly fisherman in boats trolling small woolly buggers, leech patterns, and nymphs did well.  




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.



Spooner Lake remains open to fishing during the winter months but is typically covered in ice by mid-december.  Ice fishing is not permitted at the lake.


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.  Fishing for rainbow and brown trout in the deeper portions of the reservoir in the winter can also be productive.



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.



As winter progresses the Truckee River won’t slow down from a fishing standpoint.  Concentrating on the deeper runs where fish have the ability to feed will be the most productive.  Spinner and bait fisherman should focus on deep pools and slots while fly anglers would be best to drift nymphs in feeding lanes.  The river is in great shape and healthy trout are found in most areas.



The urban ponds are fishing really well since being stocked over 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 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.


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. Fishing is still somewhat slow as the fish populations are taking hold but Little Washoe Lake has been productive for largemouth bass and crappie over the last several months.