Lahontan Reservoir

Lahontan Reservoir is located along the Carson River and is part of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Newlands Irrigation Project for watering farmland in Lahontan Valley. Lahontan Dam was built in 1905 and water used for irrigation first occurred in 1916. Additionally, water is transferred from the Truckee River at Derby Dam to Lahontan Reservoir via the Truckee Canal.

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Type of water
Lake or Reservoir
Fishing Report

The lake is down and fishing is excellent. Walleye and carp fishing has been good and should continue until temps really climb. Bass fishing is really just starting to heat up with some sporadic white bass and wipers reported recently. Carp fishing with corn or dough bait during the warmest part of the day remains best while Walleye continue to show up throughout the day. Catfishing has been good from dusk till dawn. Bass fishing along the sandy beaches will continue to be best in the afternoons until we see water temperatures really climb. White and chartreuse are two of the best producing colors at Lahontan in flies and lures.



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Pertinent Information

At maximum storage, Lahontan Reservoir is 17 miles long, covers 10,600 acres, and has a maximum depth of 85 feet near the dam. It has sandy beaches and rock outcroppings, flooded woody debris, a flooded river channel, and various islands. The water is constantly turbid in the upper basin and dense algae blooms generally occur in summer. Better water clarity exists in the large basin near the dam. The primary game fish include wipers (white bass x striper hybrid), white bass, walleye, channel catfish, white catfish, largemouth bass, spotted bass, and crappie. The best fishing occurs from April through July and October. Walleye are caught mostly in spring with the usual gear such as jigs and nightcrawlers trolled in a harness behind flashers, and live minnows. Wipers are caught with crank baits and live minnows. Spinners, spoons, and live minnows are great for white bass and dead minnows, nightcrawlers, and chicken liver fished off the bottom work best for catfish. Lahontan Reservoir is entirely located within Lahontan State Park where fees are charged to enter. Camping, restrooms, showers, picnic tables, and boat launching facilities are available.