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.

Type of water
Fishing Report

Access to the Bruneau is now through Grasmere in Idaho. Flows are low with the reporting station showing ice. There is lots of snow and ice. Expect fishing to be poor. There will be no more fishing reports until next spring on this water.


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.