Bruneau River

Prior to the construction of downstream dams in Idaho, the Bruneau River in Nevada was home to chinook salmon and steelhead trout – making their journey all the way from the Pacific Ocean. Redband trout and mountain whitefish are now the only native salmonids that occur here.

Region
Eastern
County
Elko
Type of water
River
Fishing Report

With the lack of snow, stream flows are dropping quickly and many are now fishable. With the poor snowpack and the unusually warm spring, anglers should take advantage of early summer conditions while they can. Expect very low stream flows later this summer. As of June 24, the Bruneau River was flowing at 46.9 cfs and is fishable.

06-24-2022

Pertinent Information

The Bruneau is roughly 50 miles in length, 29 miles of which are fishable. Game fish include redband trout (a strain of rainbow trout) and mountain whitefish, but dace, shiners, and suckers are also found. Anglers generally catch an average of eight trout per day and the best times of year to fish are in July, following run-off, through October. Fish can easily be caught on flies, lures, and bait such as worms or salmon eggs primarily along the lower section between Copper Creek downstream to McDonald Creek. There is primitive camping opportunity on Forest Service and State (Nevada Department of Wildlife) property.