Western Nevada Fishing Report
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. Fly fisherman are
finding a few trout on zug bugs and prince nymphs in deeper water. Small
spinners have been effective for the trout as well. The Bass fishing should
really start to turn on with warmer temps.
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. Additional Tiger Muskie fingerlings will
be introduced during the 2019 season.
We’ll likely see this get a little crowded over the coming
months with high water nearly everywhere else. Flows are currently stable
around 300cfs. A little high, but certainly still fishable. This should
stay good for several weeks before flows increase for summer releases. Bright
streamers and large dark stonefly nymphs have been good with the high water.
Spin fisherman covering lots of water are reporting good sizes on rapala style
The season opened May 1, but the lake remains
under ice and snow. Carson City Parks noted that they evaluated Ash Canyon Road
for re-opening, but unfortunately the upper portion is still snowed in. We’ll
be monitoring snow levels and potential for road repair and we’ll let you know
as soon as we plan on re-opening it.
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 80-250 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 Cave Rock boat ramp is open and
clear. Shore fishing has been fair to good on the east shore using powerbait or
worms off the bottom.
Fishing has been good at Hinkson. Fly fisherman using small
pheasant tails and midge pupa under the indicator, or slowly retrieved behind a
floating or intermediate line has worked well. Fish are actively feeding on the
surface early and late in the day when the wind is calm. Fishing should remain
good through spring and the bass fishing should really turn on in the next few
Closed to fishing at this time. Open July 15 through
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
Spooner Lake remains mostly covered in ice. When ice-off
finally does occur, fishing should be very good.
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. At the April Trout Derby, the
top three finishers all landed fish over nine pounds.
Spring flows have topped 3000 cfs making access tough.
Clarity should be best in the mornings before snowmelt increases with afternoon
temperatures. Those brave enough to fish it are reporting a few fish in the
12-16 “ range on streamers and larger nymphs. Dead drifting along the banks has
been the key to success. Very few fish will be in open water with the extreme
flows. Anglers should expect increasing flows and a peak near the end of May
making all fishing tough until we see a drop in flows.
The urban ponds in the western region have received at least
one round of stocked trout so far. Marilyn’s pond is the only exception due to
snow limiting access. 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. The
urban ponds will continue to receive additional plantings into summer.
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.
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.