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.
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
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
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 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
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.