Western Nevada Fishing Report


Updated: 2019-03-01


The reservoir is currently ice free. Look for hungry trout and the occasional slow moving bass cruising the shoreline during the warmest part of the day. As spring creeps in, the reservoir will show the usual murky water conditions due run-off but should clear by June.  Fishing from shore will continue to be good until summer vegetation takes hold.  




Closed for the Season



With current annual snowpack at 168%, the Carson drainage is likely to remain high with melt well into June. High water tactics will be the key to success over the next several months. 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 levels.    






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.



Very few fishing reports have come in from the EW with the recent frigid temps . Fishing has been fair to good on the nicer days but a little tough otherwise. Flows may bounce around a little over the coming weeks but fishing should just improve. Sporadic BWO mayfly and winter stone hatches have been reported but no significant numbers yet. Streamers should start to turn on as water temps get closer to 50’s. 



Closed for the Season    




Closed for the Season   



Fishing has been slow. It should be an incredible year with the current snowpack and previous seasons catch rates. Fishing will pick up closer to April with warmer temperatures. 




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



The opener at Hinkson was good, most trout getting caught are planters 10-12 inches with a few holders up to 16 inches. Small pheasant tails and midge pupa under the indicator or slowly retrieved behind a floating or intermediate line has worked well. Fishing should remain good through spring. 




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



Closed for the Season 




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 or bass on chartreuse woolly buggers or 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.  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 and brown trout in the deeper portions of the reservoir in the winter can also be productive.



Topaz is picking up with recent stocking, shore anglers with powerbait and boaters trolling flash rigs are doing the best. Most trout are around 12 inches with a few up to 18 reported.



With spring time flows exceeding the banks of the river fishing becomes more difficult but is not impossible.  Target the edge waters where hungry fish may be feeding on insects and newly submerged worms.  Fish tend to avoid the heaviest of flows so fishing the pocket waters and edges of seems will be productive.  Be careful of extremely high flows..



The urban ponds in the western region have not been stocked in 2019 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 



Walker Lake is currently at 44% of capacity and rising. An increase in the lake level is key to the fishery rebounding. 


Wall Canyon Reservoir is currently difficult to access due to the amount of precipitation received in the region.  The access is road is extremely muddy and four wheel drive is necessary.  As things dry out in the spring expect excellent fishing for carryover rainbow and brown trout as well as smallmouth bass.


Little Washoe and Washoe remain frozen on and off through the late winter. 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. Expect slow fishing with some areas being more productive than others. Fishing should be productive in little Washoe this spring.