Western Nevada Fishing Report


Updated: 2020-10-23


Fishing has continued to be slow at Bilk Creek. Trout fishing should pick back before winter.



A few good reports back from Blue. Sporadic midge, damsels, and mayfly hatches have fish on the surface early and late in the day. Snail and damsel patterns have provided anglers with steady catch rates when retrieved or trolled slowly behind a sinking line. Terrestrial dry flies including ants and beetles work well when fish are seen on the surface.  



Flows on the Carson are about 50cfs and fishing has been fair. River flows are down making fishing most areas a challenge. Spin fisherman using small spinners in deeper pools have caught a few fish. Fly fisherman using small dries have found a few fish as well.. Larger Hoppers paired with small pheasant tails under them have also been productive. Bait fishing with salmon eggs on small light hooks and leaders has been best.





Fishing has been surprisingly good for this time of year, good numbers of trout still being caught, mostly hatchery rainbows but a few large wild browns have been reported also. Flows are roughly 60 cfs but should drop; further soon. The upper river has been planted a couple times over the last month so hatchery trout are still thick in areas. High stick nymphing the deeper runs has been best with flies. Spin fisherman using small spinners in the deeper runs are finding a few of the planters.




Hobert Reservoir closes Sept 30th.



A substantial blue-green algae bloom at Knott Creek Reservoir, a popular trophy trout fishery in Humboldt County, has caused a large portion of the reservoir’s fish population to die. While algae blooms are a naturally-occurring event, large-scale algae blooms can result in fish kills when dead and decaying algae and plant life reduce dissolved oxygen in the water to a level that many fish cannot survive. Fisheries biologists for the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) estimate that more than 75 percent of the fish at Knott Creek have been lost.


Biologists believe the increased frequency and intensity of algae blooms at Knott Creek Reservoir is mostly caused by nutrient loading in the reservoir, mainly in the form of nitrogen and phosphorous, and increased summer water temperatures. NDOW is currently coordinating with the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, and the BLM develop plans and strategies to manage and reduce the nutrient input into Knott Creek Reservoir with a goal of reducing the intensity of these algae blooms to maintain the fishery. No new updates have been reported.



The cooler overnight lows have the fish less active in the morning making afternoons and evening the best bet. The unusually warm extended forecast should help to keep productive bass fishing through November. Spin fisherman using white jigs and small spinners are finding fish along sandy beaches. Fly fisherman are finding some bass still on bright streamers along many of the sand beaches.



Good reports of small macs at the moment. The cold temps are helping to bring the fish up. This is the best time of year to find larger rainbows and browns near the surface, making them accessible to shore anglers. Shore anglers are using smaller spinners for planted trout and larger spoons for larger rainbows and browns. Several rainbows over 8lbs have been reported recently. Fish on!



Mason Valley closes to fishing September 30th



Marlette Lake closes to fishing on Sept 30th.



Fishing has been great and there has been more traffic at the lake than usual. Spin fishing has been best with a small kastmaster, rooster tails, or powerbait off the bottom. Fly fisherman in float tubes are doing well with sheep creek specials and midge larva under an indicator or fishing small streamers slowly trolled behind a float tube. Some larger carryover fish to 16” have been reported this season.




Fishing has been good for smallmouth and white bass using rooster tails, rubber worms, and bright colored jigs. Fishing will slow now that cooler temps are here. Spin Fisherman are picking up an occasional walleye or bass on plugs and spoons near the dam and some smaller bass along the sandy beaches.



Spooner has been fair from shore and good from float tubes or kayaks. The vegetation on shore is finally dying off allowing for a little more shoreline fishing access. Fly fisherman slowly retrieving small woolly buggers and tiny leech patterns have worked during the afternoons both from shore and from boats on light tippets. Powerbait and salmon eggs have also been fishing well under a bobber around and in the remaining weed channels.  Spooner will starting to freeze a little along the shoreline as temps drop. Access will then get tough until the ice comes off in spring.


Fishing has been good at Squaw Creek Reservoir. It’s also been busy. Fly fisherman slowly trolling larger buggers and leech patterns are getting the attention of the occasional trout near the dam and in open water. The inlet has been productive in the afternoons and evening with sheep creek specials, Zug bugs, and midge pupa slowly retrieved. Spin fisherman using larger spinners are out fishing all other methods.



Topaz is closed to fishing until January 1st.



The river is in excellent condition. Flows are above prime fall levels and the cool overnight temperatures have kept the trout very happy. Surveys this year provided some impressive fish. Fishing mid-day will continue to be good until the cold really sets in. East of Reno some BWO mayflies may be found soon in the afternoons. Small mayfly emergers and soft hackles just above or under the surface have worked well. Nymph fishing continues to be the best method for numbers but streamers are going to be the best bet for the real big fish out east this Fall, especially with the higher flows. Spin fisherman have been doing well around the parks for hatchery rainbows.   



The urban ponds in the western region have received at least two rounds of stocked trout this fall. The main fisheries including Mitch Park, Baily, Wilson, Davis Creek, Marilyn’s, and the Verdi Ponds have all received several stocking this fall. Excellent fishing can be found. When the temps really drop, 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 some carryover rainbow trout.    



Walker Lake is currently near 50% of capacity and rising. An increase in the lake level is key to the fishery rebounding.



Wall Canyon continues to fish well for trout and the occasional bass. Fly fishing with snail patterns and midge pupa has been excellent with a clear intermediate line slowly retrieved. Afternoon and evenings have been best along the dam and near the inlet with spinners and bait near the bottom.


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, 2018, and 2019 seasons. Expect slow fishing with some areas being more productive than others. Fishing has been productive for in little Washoe for small bass. Small bright jigs or small spinner seem to be best bet. Carp can also be a good option in little washoe for anglers when the wind is down.