Fishing Report: 03/31/23

Logan Klonicke of Reno, NV hit the ice at Wild Horse Reservoir on 03/03/23. He had success dead-sticking chartreuse PowerBait about 4 feet under the ice.

Eastern Region

We’re headed into April and ice fishing season is coming with us! Wild Horse Reservoir remains covered in up to 2 feet of ice with a foot or so of slush on top. Over the next week, high temperatures are forecasted to range from the high 20’s to the mid 40’s. Though thick ice remains present at many reservoirs, please be aware of real-time weather conditions before heading out. Road and reservoir conditions can change rapidly this time of year which may present safety concerns. As we enter spring and temps finally begin to rise, take extra caution at ALL bodies of water as melt off begins and on ALL unpaved roads as they thaw. Stream anglers – as melt off begins, flows on the South Fork of the Humboldt and other waters are anticipated to be much higher than average. Take caution and avoid dangerous waters. Check current flows on the USGS website for most up to date reads on gauges. Check the reports for fishing hot spots (linked below) for the most up-to-date conditions for specific waters.

REports for fishing hot spots

For the fishing reports of individual Eastern Region Hot Spots head to our new fishing report database below.

WesterN Region

It’s been a long tough winter in Western Nevada and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight anytime soon. Hopefully we’ll thaw out a little here soon. Carry-over trout in many of our urban ponds, lakes, and reservoirs will be eager to eat when the ice starts to come off. Stocking has begun at several of the Mason Valley fisheries and we should see the Sparks Marina get it’s first stocking of the season very soon. Behind the Marina, you can count on all of our other community ponds getting stocked up as soon as conditions allow. If you want to get out right now, the Truckee River has fished very well this winter and should continue to until runoff really increases next month. The mayflies are just starting to show up on the river out east and fishing is on fire.  

View all Western Region hot spots

For the fishing reports of all Western Region Hot Spots head to our new fishing report database below.


Lake Mohave/Willow Beach

Anglers fishing after dusk have been rewarded with catfish in the 2- to 3-pound class. Jointed shad baits have been fooling bass at the south end of Cottonwood basin. Pencil poppers are a favorite for stripers around Telephone Cove. 

All other fishing hot spots

For the fishing reports of all Southern Region Hot Spots head to our new fishing report database below.


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