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Western Nevada Fishing Report

Western Nevada Fishing Report
Courtesy of NDOW

Updated: 4/25/2018

BILK CREEK RESERVOIR

The reservoir is covered in thin ice.  Safe ice fishing conditions should come quick with the below average temps. Check back for fishing conditions as they improve. 

 

BLUE LAKES

 Closed to fishing – Season reopens in June 

 

CARSON RIVER

East Fork of the Carson has come down to winter flows and ice has become an issue. Anchor ice is effecting the majority of the East Fork of the Carson River. Stale conditions will likely continue until we see temperatures climb or flows fluctuate and break ice. 

 

CHIMNEY RESERVOIR

Late March and April can be productive for walleye fishing.  Slowly trolling worm harnesses rigs, flashers and Rapalas are typically productive methods for walleye.  Fishing should pick up as we see warmer spring time temperatures.   Note that all tiger muskie must be released and report the tag # to NDOW.

 

EAST WALKER RIVER

East Walker Flow is currently at 75 cfs. Fishing has been good even with the extremely low temperatures.  The high water this last winter and spring has really cleaned out the river, pushing a good portion of the mud and sand downstream. Recent electroshocking efforts have shown solid trout populations from the Elbow upstream.  Fly Fisherman are doing well with small mayfly nymphs; Copper John’s, Micro Mayflies, and small Pheasant Tails.  Sporadic midge and mayfly hatches have a few fish looking up. If you happen to see a riser or two… be sure to have a couple small mayfly dries on you. Otherwise, nymphing has been the most productive method. The afternoons have been best, fish are much more active after the sun has been on the water for a few hours. Concentrate your efforts early in the day to slower moving water. 

 

HOBART RESERVOIR

Closed to fishing at this time.  Open May 1 - September 30. 

 

KNOTT CREEK RESERVOIR

Closed to fishing – Season reopens in June

 

 

LAHONTAN RESERVOIR

With the incredibly wet winter the Nevada Department of Wildlife was able to stock trout at Lahontan Reservoir for the first time in over 20 years. In June 5,500 rainbow trout were stocked on the Churchill County side of the reservoir. Lahontan fish populations were hit particularly hard by the prolonged drought and these trout will give anglers another thing to look forward to this fall and winter. Additional stocking of walleye, wiper, crappie, and channel catfish have taken place and some folks are already catching them. Fishing will remain fair through the spring when stocking efforts will resume. 

 

LAKE TAHOE

Anglers have been reporting good success catching Mackinaw in the 3-5 pound range from boats concentrating in 30-100’ of water.  Anglers are also reporting success on rainbow trout toplining within about 200 feet of the shoreline or shore fishing with heavy spoons and casting as far out as possible.  As spring progresses and temperatures improve expect the rainbow fishing to pick up.

 

MASON VALLEY WMA

Hinkson Slough – The trout have been active sporadically on the surface in the late morning till dark. Fluctuating temperatures has had little effect on the trout fishing but the bass have slowed down with the cool temps. The bass had just started to stage in warmer waters prior to spawn. The coming warmer weather should really improve the bass fishing in the late afternoon to evenings. Spin fisherman have reported bass up to 6 pounds using Senko worms and Mepps spinners. Fly fishermen in float tubes are having good success catching hatchery stocked trout (mostly 9-11”) using small midge patterns under indicators on floating lines. For those who don’t like the bobber, a small unweighted sheep creek special slowly retrieved is pretty hard to beat.  

 

MARLETTE LAKE

Closed to fishing at this time.  Open July 15 through Sept. 30.

 

ONION VALLEY RESERVOIR

Closed to fishing – Season reopens in June 

 

RYE PATCH

No recent reports.  Late March and April can be productive for walleye fishing.  Slowly trolling worm harnesses rigs, flashers and Rapalas are typically productive methods for walleye.  Fishing should pick up as we see warmer spring time temperatures.   

 

SPOONER LAKE

The lake is covered in ice for the season. Check back as spring reports become available.

 

TOPAZ LAKE

Closed to fishing at this time.  Open January 1 - September 30, 2017.

 

TRUCKEE RIVER

Runoff is full swing at the moment but we should see it start to taper off soon. In town the flows are around 1200 cfs and the water clarity is perfect for this time of year. With the higher flows, very few consistent hatches have been reported.  With a couple years of higher water, we should see great hatches of little yellow stones and green drakes this spring. The caddis hatches should also be pretty thick this summer for us down on this side of the border. Until we get a little closer to the 600cfs mark, efforts should be kept to slower water and larger protected areas outside any main current. As temperatures climb, fish should start to become even more aggressive than they already have been. Spin anglers are fishing larger kastmasters and rapalas concentrating on deeper pools and runs. Fly fishing has been good even with the high flows. As long as the clarity is good fishing should just continue to get better. Nymphs and streamers have been the best bet. Large streamers like Cutter’s Goblin Zuddler Minnow, and the Zoo Cougars have been very effective. Nymph fishing has also been very good if you know where to find the fish. As long as the water is slightly green from snowmelt, try to keep most efforts in protected and slower currents. Two and three nymph/indicator rigs with Conehead Buggers, Wire Worms, and Micro Mayflies have been excellent producers. Expect the river to be higher than normal this summer due to the abundance of water our reservoirs are holding. Until flows do come down, it’s safer to fish from the shore for now.    

 

 

URBAN PONDS

Many of the areas urban ponds freeze over during the coldest months, please stay off the ice.

The Sparks Marina is currently accessible and is fishing fair. Fishing with powerbait or salmon eggs has been best during the warmest part of the day. 

 

WALKER LAKE

No new updates. No Lahontan cutthroat have been reported or seen at Walker Lakes since 2009. Launching is not possible right now.

 

WASHOE LAKE

Washoe Lake has benefitted from the historic winter of 2016-2017 and has reached levels not seen in over a decade.  Fishing is slow due to the frigid temperatures and low numbers of fish currently residing in the lake. Stocking of several thousand channel catfish and white crappie has occurred in both Little Washoe Lake and Washoe Lake during the 2017 season. 

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