Western Nevada Fishing Report


Updated: 2017-04-28


Fishing has been good for trout. Trout were stocked in early October. Bass fishing has been fair and will slow down at the temperatures cool. Anglers in float tubes casting top water poppers at the bass will catch fish. Trout fishing should remain good until ice over.



Opens to fishing June 10, 2017.  Fishing is expected to be poor to fair for the opener.  This high elevation lake has been significantly impacted by previous years of drought. With improved water conditions NDOW will be stocking this lake with fingerling trout in 2017.  Roads are expected to be rough and 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended.



East Fork of the Carson River’s current flow is 112 cfs near Gardnerville. Fishing will pick up as the flows stabilize and the NDOW hatchery truck will be visiting soon which should make a recipe for success.



Fishing has been slow to fair. As it warms up fishing is expected to improve. Note that all tiger muskie must be released and report the tag # to NDOW.



East Walker Flow is currently at 85 cfs. East Walker River fishing has been good early morning and late afternoon from the Elbow upstream to the state line. The river didn’t get blown out by the last couple storms so it should continue to fish good over the next month. The NDOW fish truck is planning a trip there soon, and will be planting the Elbow and downstream.



Open May 1 - Closed September 30.  Ash Canyon access road will be closed due to extreme runoff damage.  Accessing the lake will be difficult during the 2017 season.



Opens to fishing to fishing June 10, 2017.   Fishing is expected to be good for opener.  The usually bead head nymph patterns, scuds, and wholly buggers consistently catch fish at Knott Creek.  Dead drifting midge patterns under a strike indicator can also be productive at the right times.  Artificial flies and lures only ands single barbless hooks. .  Roads are expected to be rough and 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended.



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. This morning 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 spring. Additional stocking of walleye, wiper, crappie, and channel catfish will happen later in the summer, late May or Early June.



Lake Tahoe has benefitted from a historic winter and is near full for the first time in a decade.  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 morning have also been productive in the 10-20 foot range for both rainbow and brown trout.  Shore anglers have reported catching rainbow trout using spinners. Cave Rock and Sand Harbor boat ramps will be open in 2017.  Stocking of rainbow trout will occur throughout the summer months.



The Mason Valley WMA is open to fishing from Feb. 11 - September 30.



Open July 15 through Sept. 30.



Opens to fishing June 10, 2017.  Fishing should be good for opener.  Roads are expected to be rough and 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended. 



No recent reports.  The reservoir is filling quickly and is at over 50% capacity for the first time in 4 years.  As spring temperatures start to warm up fishing should improve for catfish, wiper and walleye.



Currently iced over.  Expect fishing to be good when ice off occurs and fish are hungry after a long winter.  A limited amount of winter die off is expected to have occurred in the lake.  When conditions permit stocking of rainbow, tiger, and bowcutt trout will commence.



Closed September 30. Fishing re-opens on January 1, 2017.



The Truckee's current flow in Reno is around 3,000 cfs. This year’s river flows will be substantially higher than they have been in recent memory. Despite the high flows the river has been reported to be fishing well for those willing to try. Brown and rainbow trout exceeding the 20 inch mark are being caught with some regularity . Fly fishermen are having success using streamers in the off colored water and other anglers are utilizing spinners and rapalas. Fishing will be hit and miss this year but the higher flows will benefit the fishery as a whole.  The river is scheduled to be stocked with both cutthroat and rainbow trout in 2017.



Urban ponds have begun to be stocked and will continue to receive fish as long as conditions permit in 2017. 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.



Washoe Lake has benefitted from the historic winter of 2016-2017 and has reached levels not seen in over a decade.  Fishing will be very difficult due to the lake being dry for several years.  The lake is scheduled to receive channel catfish in 2017 and the process to rebuild the fishery has begun.  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.