Squaw Valley/ Creek Reservoir

Squaw Creek Reservoir is a private reservoir constructed in 1952. At that time, negotiations with the landowner resulted in public access to the reservoir. Th4e Nevada Department of Wildlife stocked cutthroat trout for angling and for use as a brood stock source, providing eggs for hatchery rearing. However, egg harvest was never very successful and the effort was abandoned. Since then, the reservoir has been managed as a put-and-take trout fishery and a general warm water fishery.

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Region
Western
County
Washoe
Type of water
Lake or Reservoir
Fishing Report

Fishing has been fair to good at Squaw so far this fall. Colder temps should help trout fishing pick back up again. Bass fishing had been good around the inlet early and late but will shift to more of a mid-day game as temps drop. Trout have been reported on the surface early and late in the day around the inlet as well. Spinner and spoons should remain good until it gets really cold. Jigs are often overlooked for squaw but can be deadly during the coldest months. Slow moving fish like slow moving jigs. Fly fisherman have been doing well with parachute adams on the surface and sheep creek specials or cone head woolly buggers down deep. Balanced leech under the indicator is another great option here with wind nearly always in the forecast.

 

10-17-2022

Stocking Updates

Stocked Species Inches Date Stocked Year to Date
1005Brown Trout9.804-14-20221005
3002Rainbow Trout 9.004-14-20223002
2000Channel Catfish4.005-11-20222000
1001Rainbow Trout 9.610-20-20224003

Pertinent Information

At maximum pool, the reservoir is 48 acres and is 45 feet deep. There are two tributaries, with one providing warmwater to the reservoir. Largemouth bass, green sunfish, bullhead, channel catfish, rainbow trout, brown trout, and bowcutt trout (rainbow x cutthroat trout hybrid) are the sport fish occurring in the reservoir. The best time to fish is in the spring, with trout ranging between 10 and 12 inches, largemouth bass between 10 and 14 inches, and catfish between 10 and 12 inches. Although the reservoir is located on private property, primitive camping is allowed. There are no restrooms or trash facilities, but to ensure this fishery remains open to the public, please respect private property and leave the area cleaner than you found it.