Blue Lakes

Blue Lakes are located in the northwestern corner of the Pine Forest Range in the Blue Lakes Wilderness Study Area managed by the BLM. These alpine lakes lie at 8,300 feet, which normally freeze over during winter.

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Type of water
Lake or Reservoir
Fishing Report

Blue Lakes is open to fishing but access is near impossible due to above average snowpack.

Blue Lakes Angler Guide Information


Stocking Updates

Stocked Species Inches Date Stocked Year to Date
1979Rainbow Trout309-28-20231979
503Tiger Trout4.709-28-2023503

Pertinent Information

The Blue Lakes complex is comprised of three lakes; one large lake and two smaller ones. The main, larger lake has an average depth of 24 feet and a maximum depth of 44 feet. It is 24 surface acres, while the two lower lakes total about 7.5 surface acres. Although all lakes have fish, the large lake receives the most fishing. Fish include brook trout, tiger trout (brown trout x brook trout hybrid), bowcutt trout (rainbow trout x cutthroat trout hybrid), and rainbow trout. The best times of the year to fish are in the summer and fall. When fly fishing, use late season nymph patterns such as damsels, but black leeches and olive scuds do well. Fishing is successful using Power Bait and nightcrawlers. During early afternoon, small spinners and flatfish have been consistent for catching trout. Blue Lakes lie in a Federal Wilderness Study Area and access is by a 1/4 mile hiking trail. Camping around the lake is allowed, but primitive. This area is one of the most beautiful places to fish in Nevada, and occur within a short distance of Onion Valley Reservoir and Knott Creek Reservoir.