Truckee River

The Truckee River was originally home to Lahontan cutthroat trout and cui-ui sucker. During normal years, adult trout ascended from Pyramid Lake and descended from Lake Tahoe to the Truckee River and its tributaries to spawn. Thousands of young fish returned as natural recruitment to these large lakes. It was probable that some young and adult cutthroat trout also occurred in the river throughout the year. With the influx of white settlers in the mid- to late-1800’s, water was diverted for agriculture and municipal use, stream habitats were degraded, the river was over-fished, and other fish species were introduced. Extinction of the Pyramid Lake cutthroat trout had occurred by the 1930’s. While cutthroat trout numbers were dwindling, many different sport fish species were introduced and today, rainbow and brown trout have become the most successful.

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Fishing Report

The river is in excellent condition and fishing well. Flows are currently ideal but they can jump pretty quick with any high elevation rain or real heat. Roughly 600cfs in Reno makes for near prefect conditions on the lower river. This isn’t going to last so get out east before we see it heat up.

From Reno West, anglers can expect some sporadic little yellow stones hatches. Nymph fishing continues to be the best method for numbers, small bead head hares ear nymphs imitate the little yellow stones very well. Streamers are still going to be the best bet for big fish, especially with the increased flows. Spin fishermen continue to do well around the parks for some impressive carry-over hatchery rainbows. Fisherman’s Park, Rock Park, Mayberry Park, and Crystal Peak Park will be stocked when flows decrease slightly.


Stocking Updates

Stocked Species Inches Date Stocked Year to Date
5022Cutthroat Trout804-21-20225022
5000Cutthroat Trout8.305-05-202210,022
5032Cutthroat Trout7.505-10-202215054
5500Cutthroat Trout805-12-202220554
5504Cutthroat Trout7.205-19-202226058
3080Cutthroat Trout7.205-25-202229138
5130Cutthroat Trout7.205-26-202234268

Pertinent Information

The Truckee River originates at the outlet of Lake Tahoe and flows approximately 110 miles to Pyramid Lake. NDOW manages approximately 40 miles of fisheries between the California State line and Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation. This river is one of the most heavily fished waters in the state, supporting between 60,000 and 100,000 angler days per year. Anglers can fish for rainbow trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish, and largemouth bass (in lower sections). High runoff from March to June makes fishing difficult, but once flows return to normal in summer, the river becomes easier to fish. Some of the best fishing occurs in late spring and early summer and again in fall. Nightcrawlers and Power Bait fished in large pools work great, and fly-fishing and using small spinners are very popular.