Western Nevada Fishing Report


Updated: 2018-09-11


Cool nights are helping to improve the trout fishing while the bass bite is still on during the warmest part of the day. Spin fishermen are finding bass on spinners and small spoons. Fly fisherman are finding trout in deeper areas of the lake on nymphs and small streamers. Look for fish on the surface early and late in the day and try just about any terrestrial pattern on the surface; hoppers, ants, and beetles are great choices. 




Fishing has been good this season and it will pick-up with the cooler temps on the way. Recently, burnt orange leech and sheep creek specials slowly retrieved on sinking or sink tip lines have been the best bet. Fish will likely spend more time in the shallows and on the surface with the season change. Small terrestrials and midge patterns will likely draw a strike when fish are steady on the surface. Scud patterns and Zug bugs under indicators are consistent producers when all else fails. 



It’s really been an up and down season for the Carson, primarily being up. Flows remained pretty high till the end of June keeping much of the fishing limited. Since then, fishing has been excellent with flows closer to normal fall levels now. The parks and bridges where stocking occurs has definitely been the most consistent option. Bait fisherman using light lines and leaders drifting salmon eggs are catching regularly. Spin fishing has been fair with small kastmasters in deeper pools and light spinners in open water. Caddis have been the name of the game for fly fisherman. Larger caddis dries early and late in the day have made for entertaining fishing. Try a caddis pupa or larva under a stimulator dry fly during the afternoons.     






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.



Fishing continues to be excellent on the East Walker. It did slow slightly due to extended high temps but will bounce back quickly with fall nearly here. As water temperatures drop, the caddis activity will slow some but still be the bug of choice until the cold really sets in. Nymph fishing has slowed slightly but streamer fishing has gotten better with the recent unstable flows. Those indicator fishing or high sticking small worm patterns, olive hares ear, caddis pupa, and pheasant tails are still doing very well. Light tippet will help as late summer and fall water levels slowly fall into winter flows. The streamer bite should really be on in the coming weeks as fish become more active in cooler water. For the spin fishermen, aggressive fish are eager to hit small floating/diving rapalas. 




Fishing has been excellent. Although, fishing did slow slightly during the mid-summer heat. Hobart has been very popular this year which has demanded lighter lines and tippets to catch fish. Dry fly fishing has been excellent when the wind is calm with small terrestrials and a few callibaetis mayflies in the afternoons. Small parachute Adams are an excellent choice for matching the callibaetis at Hobart. Parachute or foam ants are also pretty hard to beat at Hobart. Fishing along the shoreline and around weed beds with damsel adults has had its moments this year. It’s hard to beat dry fly fishing with an adult damselfly. Tiger trout have been reported up to 16”, rainbows to 14”, and a few brook trout pushing 13” this season. Fishing will likely continue to be great until the end of the season.      




Fishing has been great and should remain that way until mid-summer temperatures take hold. For the fly fisherman, damsels are out in full force but midge hatches are a little less consistent with the hotter temps. Fishing from shore is still productive but it’s likely to turn into a boat game as the vegetation takes ahold of the shoreline. Trolling leech patterns for larger aggressive trout has been the most popular method here but there are still fish on the surface early and late in the day. Throw a hopper or large ant pattern along the shoreline vegetation for the occasional mid-day surface slam. If all else fails, the sheep creek special and red zebra midge combo under an indicator will almost always work. Spin anglers have been doing well with smaller spoons and rapalas. 



White bass from shore are popular now and anglers have reported catching Wipers up to 5 lbs in the last few weeks. The bass have been a little inconsistent but when you find them, expect to hook up often. Spin fisherman using chartreuse and white jigs, kastmasters, and small spinners are finding good bass numbers. Fly fisherman are finding bass on bright streamers along many of the sand beaches. In addition to the bass, aggressive carp and even a few large walleye have been caught this season. As temperatures rise, fishing will just continue to get better.




Anglers are also reporting success on rainbow trout toplining within about 200 feet of the shoreline or shore fishing with heavy spoons and casting as far out as possible. As summer progresses and temperatures rise, anglers can expect the Mack fishing to slow. Bait fishing for trout along the shore has been good with power bait early and late in the day.



Hinkson Slough – The warmer weather has really helped to improve the bass fishing all day. Trout fishing will continue to slow with the heat. Spin fisherman have reported bass up to 6 pounds using Senko worms and Mepps spinners. Fly fishermen are still catching a few hatchery stocked trout (mostly 8-10”) using damsels and small midge patterns under indicators or retrieved slowly.




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



Reports from the opener were excellent. Spin fisherman using small rooster tails, spoons, kastmasters, and mepps caught trout in the 12-14” range. Fly fisherman in boats trolling small woolly buggers, leech patterns, and nymphs did well.  




Fishing has been slow.  Some wipers are being caught below the dam.  Fishing will just continue to improve with good water conditions. Spin Fisherman are finding that Rapala minnow imitations are working well. Fly Fisherman are picking up the occasional bass on chartreuse woolly buggers and clouser minnows.



Fishing has been good but the floating vegetation is going to take hold as temperatures climb. Fishing out of a boat will be the most productive option here soon. For now, Bait fishermen have reported some rainbow to 15”. Morning mayfly and midge hatches have been a little inconsistent but fish seem to still be on the surface till the sun comes up. Fly fisherman in boats have been doing well slowly trolling damsels or small dark leech patterns along the weed beds and in the deeper weed channels.


Fishing has been slow with the majority of the catch being channel catfish.  The recent stocking event has improved the fishing for trout and should continue to be good on the dam end of the lake. The largemouth bass are showing up in solid numbers in the shallows. As summer continues, the trout fishing will slow at the north/inlet end of the lake. Spin fisherman have been tossing small spinners and spoons from shore for trout, and larger rapalas for the bass. Fly Fisherman have been trolling along the dam picking up trout periodically. The bass fishing along the shoreline and tules during low light periods can provide popper fisherman with some explosive action.



Topaz trout fishing has remained good. In spite of warmer air temps the water temp has stayed cool due to flow through from the river, most fish are of the recent hatchery origin but some up to 16-18” have been reported in April. A few reports of smallmouth being caught already but nothing to write home about…yet. Fly fisherman in boats can look forward to incredible carp fishing near the inlet coming up in June.



The river healthy and fishing has been very good. Flows remain at prime summer levels and the temperatures have kept the trout happy. Fishing early in the day will continue to improve as water temperatures start to really climb in the afternoons. Insects are abundant with the amount of water we’ve seen over the last two years. Spin fisherman have been doing well around the parks for hatchery trout and the trout stockings will continue as long as temperatures allow.  Depending on where you’re at on the river, there have been some green drakes and little yellow stones still hatching. Anglers can expect PMD’s in the afternoon and a fair amount of caddis hatching in the evenings. E/C caddis, yellow elk hair caddis, and parachute orange dry flies have been productive. Nymph fishing will likely get a bit tougher with the higher temps and lower flows. Caddis pupa, small pheasant tails, and zebra midge are hard to bet under a small indicator.



The urban ponds are fishing really well since being stocked over the last month. Fisherman are having luck using Powerbait, small night crawlers and salmon eggs. With the warmer midday temperatures some urban ponds are starting to get a little weedy. Crystal Peak Ponds, Davis Creek Pond, Sparks Marina, and Marilyn’s Pond will continue to see stocking through the early summer.



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


Fishing has been exceptional for some larger browns and carryover rainbows have been reported in the 14-18 inch range. Smallmouth bass in the 10-12 inch range are also being caught in good numbers.  The reservoir is currently full. Spin fisherman have been successful with small spinners for the trout and small bright rapalas for the bass, bright jigs are also a pretty good bet at the reservoir right now.


Washoe Lake has benefitted from the historic winter of 2016-2017 and has reached levels not seen in over a decade. Stocking of several thousand channel catfish and white crappie has occurred in both Little Washoe Lake and Washoe Lake during the 2017 season. A few people are finally getting back out to the lake but only a few of the bass or catfish have been caught. Fly anglers are starting to target the carp again in both lakes as their populations continue to grow.