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 has been fishing very well. Shore anglers tossing small spoons and kastmasters into deeper water away from  vegetation are finding some good fish. Fly fisherman using large leech patterns and damsels from boats and float tubes are catching some really nice fish early and late in the day. Mayflies have been hatching in the late morning and dry flies have been effective if there’s not a lot of wind. Look for the vegetation to take over the shoreline and limit access as we really heat up over the next few weeks.

Knott Creek Reservoir Angler Guide Information 


Stocking Updates

Stocked Species Inches Date Stocked Year to Date
323Rainbow Trout9.906-12-20241247
492Brown Trout10.106-12-2024492
924Rainbow Trout 9.306-12-2024924
700Cutbow Trout9.410-05-2023700
774Tiger Trout11.509-29-2023774

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.