Dorsey Reservoir

Originally constructed in 1952, the reservoir was reconstructed in 1999. Dorsey Reservoir is privately owned for irrigation and stock water storage. Public access is allowed.

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Region
Eastern
County
Elko
Type of water
Lake or Reservoir
Fishing Report

Dorsey Reservoir is starting to be drawn down for irrigation, but still has good water. Fishing has been good for 9 to 11 inch trout using a variety of techniques. Small spinners, rooster tails and panther Martins have been working. Bait anglers are having the best luck with worms below a bobber. Small nymphs, emergers and dries have also been working for fly fishermen.

06-17-2022

Stocking Updates

Stocked Species Inches Date Stocked Year to Date
2019Tiger Trout9.2 04-27-20222019

Pertinent Information

The reservoir covers 20 surface acres, stores 180 acre-feet of water, is 24 feet deep at maximum capacity, and can experience large seasonal drawdowns. As a put-grow-and-take rainbow trout fishery, the trout range from 8 to 10 inches when stocked and can grow to 16 inches. The best times to fish are in the early morning or late evening during May and June. When the reservoir fills during good water years, fall fishing can also be good. Small lures, flies, nightcrawlers, and Power Bait usually produce fish and make this a good place to take young or beginning anglers. Primitive camping is allowed, but there are no facilities. Boat launching is from the shore.