Western Nevada Fishing Report


Updated: 2017-10-02


Fishing has been fair for trout and good for bass. Rainbow trout were last stocked in June before water temps started to rise. Trout fishing in the early mornings or late evenings should remain good through the fall.

Fly Fisherman retrieving Zug Bugs, Woolly Buggers, Sheep Creek Specials, Damsels, and small Leech patterns under the surface will pick up bass all day. Fly and spin anglers in float tubes casting top water poppers at the bass will catch fish early and late in the day. Bait fisherman using powerbait or worms have had success with bobbers or a sliding sinker off the bottom.




Fish has been a little slow due to mid-summer heat but there has been a few fish caught. Expect fishing to get really good when water temperatures fall a little.

Fly Fisherman have been slowly retrieving small leech patterns or letting nymphs sit under an indicator.  Spin anglers have had some success with small spoons and spinners during the morning and late in the day. The road is rough getting in and 4-wheel drive is highly recommended.




East Fork of the Carson has finally come down to 243 cfs and was stocked last on July 24th. The main Carson also received fish on the 24th. Now that flows have come down to good fishable levels, the afternoon water temps are likely to climb. Fishing should remain best early and late in the day.

Fly Fisherman have found some fish from Mexican Dam to just below Carson City early and late in the day. As you get closer to Dayton expect more bass than trout as summer starts to wind down. Carp fishing can also be really good the further downstream you go this time of the year. Fly Fisherman have found success with hopper dropper combos or small caddis nymphs or midge pupa under an indicator for trout. The bass and carp are pretty eager to take small woolly bugger and crayfish patterns slowly retrieved.




Fishing has been slow.  A few walleye and channel catfish are being caught.  Note that all tiger muskie must be released and report the tag # to NDOW.




East Walker Flow is currently at 192 cfs. With the East Walker River flows starting to level out the fishing will be good early morning and late afternoon all the way to the state line. The high water this last winter and spring has really cleaned out the river, pushing a good portion of the mud and sand downstream. 

Hopper fish is at its peak for those looking for exciting afternoon dry fly action. Streamer fishing has also been good with bright sculpin patterns and large leech patterns. For those fishing the indicator, caddis and midge pupa have been very productive. Spin fisherman tossing rapalas and similar minnow lures have been rewarded during low light periods.




Closed to fishing at this time.  Open May 1 - September 30. 



 The blue green algae bloom at Knott Creek has almost entirely cleared up.  Fishing has been fair to good with fish averaging 17-18”.  As water temperatures cool down expect fishing to get better.  Fall fishing as Knott Creek can be excellent at times. 




With the incredibly wet winter the Nevada Department of Wildlife was able to stock trout at Lahontan Reservoir for the first time in over 20 years. In June 5,500 rainbow trout were stocked on the Churchill County side of the reservoir. Lahontan fish populations were hit particularly hard by the prolonged drought and these trout will give anglers another thing to look forward to this fall. Additional stocking of walleye, wiper, crappie, and channel catfish have taken place and some folks are already catching them.




Lake Tahoe has benefitted from a historic winter and is near full for the first time in a decade. Trolling and jigging over the summer has been great for macks, rainbow, and brown trout which would lead us to believe that the fall will be just as productive. A couple of hard freezes overnight should help to bring some fish up from the depths and really turn things on.   

Anglers have been reporting good success catching Mackinaw in the 3-5 pound range from boats concentrating in the 100 – 300 feet with white dodgers and minnows.  Early mornings have also been productive in the 10-20 foot range for both rainbow and brown trout. Salmon fishing has been great with limits reported daily. Shore anglers continue to report success catching rainbow trout using spinners, small spoons, and worms off the bottom on a sliding sinker.




Closed to fishing at this time.  The Mason Valley WMA is open to fishing from Feb. 11 - September 30. 




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



Fishing has been good.  Fish are averaging 13 inches with some fish over 17 inches.  Power bait and spinners are producing the most fish.  Roads are rough.  4-wheel drive is recommended.



Fishing has been slow.  Some yellow perch and channel catfish are being caught out of the reservoir.  A few wipers are being caught below the dam in the river.



The lake has been stocked several times since the end of May with both rainbow and tiger trout.  Fishing has been slow with the exception of the late evening where surface feeding trout have been active.  A float tube or small boat is helpful to avoid the increasing weed beds along the shoreline of Spooner Lake but the dam area provides good access to deeper water with limited vegetation.



The level of Squaw Creek Reservoir was lowered during the summer of 2017 in order to make improvements to the water storage capacity.  While reports are that angling is still good to excellent it is expected to be somewhat difficult to access the reservoir as the shoreline is exposed and extremely muddy.  Equipment is also present and operating at the reservoir and will be for most of the fall.  While these actions are unfortunate they will benefit the reservoir in the long term and will also improve the access to the fishery.  Please remember that Squaw Creek Reservoir is a privately owned reservoir and use is allowed by the landowner, please respect this at all times.




Closed to fishing at this time.  Open January 1 - September 30, 2017.



The Truckee's current flow in Reno is 281 cfs. With the sudden decrease in flow from nearly 1,000 cfs the fish activity has slowed.  Expect the angling to pick up quickly as the river settles into a more stable flow rate.  The fish are healthy coming out of the 2016-2017 winter and good numbers of trophy class rainbow and brown trout have been reported throughout the Nevada portion of the river.  Stocking of Lahontan cutthroat trout has occurred and triploid rainbow trout will be stocked toward the end of August or the beginning of September.  Fly anglers have reported success using nymphs along the seams and in feeding lanes while bait anglers using worms and silver spinners are having some success.




The regions urban ponds have been stocked heavily since the spring but the stocking rates have slowed recently due to the warm air and water temperatures being experienced in the region.  Best methods for urban ponds would be to use a sliding sinker setup with Powerbait off the bottom, or nightcrawlers below a bobber. Spinners and Kastmasters are a great option too. Fish are suspended from 7-12 feet. All urban ponds have a limit of 3 game fish.



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



Angling at Wall Canyon Reservoir has been reported to be excellent this fall with good numbers of bowcutt trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, and smallmouth bass caught.  Some smallmouth bass have been reported in the 14-16 inch range and angling with small crankbaits seems to be the most productive.  Anglers trolling rapalas or casting from the dam are reporting success on most trout species.  As temperatures continue to cool expect angling to continue to improve.




Washoe Lake has benefitted from the historic winter of 2016-2017 and has reached levels not seen in over a decade.  Fishing is slow due to the low numbers of fish currently residing in the lake.  Stocking of several thousand channel catfish and white crappie has occurred in both Little Washoe Lake and Washoe Lake.  Lucky anglers may have success on white bass or channel catfish.  Focusing efforts around Little Washoe Lake may provide the best opportunity for a successful day.