Topaz Lake

Topaz Lake was impounded in 1922 to store irrigation water. It is part of the West Walker River drainage and is situated in Nevada (Douglas County) and California (Mono County). The Walker River Irrigation District operates water storage and Nevada Department of Wildlife and California Department of Fish and Wildlife jointly manage the fishery.

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Type of water
Lake or Reservoir
Fishing Report

Shore anglers fishing with chartreuse powerbait and worms off the bottom are still finding some fish around deeper water. Good reports back from boats trolling with flashers in the upper water column with the cold snap. Heavy kastmaster and spoons are good at getting down to lower holding fish until temps fall and fish really come up. Fishing should stay good until winter really lets us have it.


Stocking Updates

Stocked Species Inches Date Stocked Year to Date
3524Tiger Trout9.902-18-20223524
163 Rainbow Trout13.904-01-2022163
2899Tiger Trout10.406-29-20226423
4476Rainbow Trout1009-26-20224639
4480Rainbow Trout10.410-14-20229119
5850Rainbow Trout9.210-20-202214969
4340Rainbow Trout9.610-20-202219309
4526Rainbow Trout9.910-24-202223835
5675Rainbow Trout9.510-26-202229510
3465Rainbow Trout9.310-31-202232975
2538Rainbow Trout9.610-31-202235513
5023Rainbow Trout9.411-02-202240536

Pertinent Information

Topaz Lake is relatively large with a surface area of 2,410 acres, a length of 3.5 miles, a width of 1.5 miles, and maximum depth of 92 feet. Rainbow trout is the dominant sport fish, but bowcutt trout, brown trout, and occasionally tiger trout are stocked. Smallmouth bass and to a lesser degree largemouth bass are also popular for angling. Boaters should use a fish finder to determine the depth fish are occupying, which is usually in the upper 20 feet of the water column, and troll Rapalas or nightcrawlers with flashers to catch trout. Shore anglers do best with Power Bait or nightcrawlers and cast out as far as possible. The average size of rainbow trout is usually around 12 inches, but they commonly range from 10 to 18 inches. Several five pound or larger fish are caught every year. Black bass are commonly caught with rubber worms, jigs, and crankbaits along the shoreline or off deeper points. Most of the property around the lake is open to the public. Only portions of the west shore in Nevada and California and the far south end of the lake in California are private property. Boat launching is available at Topaz Marina and Douglas County Park. Douglas County Park provides camping, electrical hook-ups, bathrooms, picnic tables, playground, and a fish cleaning station. Topaz Marina has fishing boat rentals, boat slips, and food and drinks.