Spooner Lake

Spooner Lake is a small impoundment constructed in 1927 to store irrigation water. In 1973, the Department of Wildlife developed the lake into a trout fishery, but regulations changed from general (allowing harvest) to a zero-harvest in 1982 and then back to allowing harvest in 2006. Spooner Lake is located in Douglas County and situated within Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park at an elevation of 6,980 feet. Spooner Lake drains into North Canyon Creek that empties into Lake Tahoe.

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Type of water
Lake or Reservoir
Fishing Report

Spooner has been fishing well and should continue to until the shoreline vegetation takes over in early summer. Damsel and leech patterns are working well. Chub populations continue to be an issue with some up to 12 inches eating flies and lures. Try moving to deeper water if you’re getting grabs but not hooking up, or only find that you’re hooking chub. Bait fishing is best from the surface using a bobber to suspend bait above the vegetation. Spin fishing is great from shore in the spring if you can cover some water.


Stocking Updates

Stocked Species Inches Date Stocked Year to Date
1044Rainbow Trout10.306-07-20221044
2063Tiger Trout9.706-07-20222063

Pertinent Information

The reservoir covers about 78 surface acres and has a depth of nearly 20 feet at maximum capacity. Currently, sport fish include rainbow trout and bowcutt trout (rainbow x cutthroat trout hybrid). Lahontan tui chub, however, dominate the lake and compete for resources with trout. Anglers generally catch trout that range between 10 and 14 inches, but some get as big as 16 inches. Use small spinner or spoons as well as flies and wade the shoreline or fish from float-tubes. Night crawlers and Power bait work equally as well. Nevada Division of State Parks charges a fee to enter Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park at Spooner Lake and Backcountry. Picnic tables, barbecues, restrooms, and water are available. Vehicle parking is about 300 yards from the lake and there is a groomed trail with a moderately sloping downhill leading to the lake’s edge. Most angling occurs during the ice-free period from May or June through October. Other activities include mountain biking, hiking, and riding horseback on the many backcountry trails that begin at Spooner Lake.