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 overall has been good at Squaw but not without some slow days here and there. The inlet has fished well for trout this spring but should start shifting to bass as summer sets in. The dam is an excellent place to find deeper water and more trout through the heat of summer. Worms and dough bait off the bottom midday work well.  Spinners and jigs are productive early and late and will continue to catch good fish unto summer. Fly fisherman using larger streamer trolling in open water are finding some larger fish to 16 inches. Surface flies fished near the shoreline at the inlet will draw the occasional bass to the surface during low light periods.

 

06-08-2022

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

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.