Knott Creek Reservoir

Knott Creek Reservoir is found in the Pine Forest Mountains of northwestern Humboldt County at an elevation of 6,400 feet. The dam was rebuilt in 1988 following Nevada Department of Wildlife’s purchase of 500 acre-feet minimum pool from the current landowner. This lake is one of Nevada’s most beautiful.

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Type of water
Lake or Reservoir
Fishing Report

Knott Creek Reservoir opens to fishing this season on June 10th. NDOW crews were recently up at Knott Creek Reservoir checking access, water levels, and working on a fish survey. The reservoir is accessible from both the north and south roads. The south road going up Cove Creek is in better shape than the road from the north. Recent rains and snow melt have created muddy areas and ruts and gullies in the roads. Water is over the road that goes around the east side of Knott Creek Reservoir, so access around the reservoir will not be possible. 4-wheel drive vehicles with good clearance and off-road tires are recommended. More rain could limit or prevent accessing the reservoir for the opener. Fish are healthy and in good condition with Rainbows, Cuttbows, and Tiger Trout averaging 18 inches and ranging from 12 inches to over 22 inches.


Knott Creek Reservoir Angler Guide Information 


Pertinent Information

Knott Creek Reservoir covers 216 surface acres and has a maximum depth of 24 feet. Fish include rainbow trout, bowcutt trout (rainbow x cutthroat trout hybrid), and tiger trout (brown x brook trout hybrid) that generally grow to 30 inches. It is a very productive lake and anglers are known to catch up to 20 fish per day. The best times to fish is usually during in June and October. The most productive fly patterns during the early season include emergers and leeches, and later in the season include damselflies and dark wooly buggers. Other successful lures include Flatfish and dark colored spinners. Camping around the lake is primitive. Be careful, road access can be difficult early and late in the season because of muddy conditions.