The reservoir is covered in thin ice. Safe ice fishing conditions should come quick with the below average temps. Check back for ice fishing conditions as they improve.
Closed to fishing – Season reopens in June
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.
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.
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 has benefitted from a historic winter and is full for the first time in a decade. Trolling and jigging over the fall has been great for macks, rainbow, and brown trout which would lead us to believe that the winter will be just as productive.
Anglers have been reporting good success catching Mackinaw in the 3-5 pound range from boats concentrating in 30-100’ of water. Early mornings have also been productive in the 10-30 foot range for large rainbow and brown trout.
Closed to fishing at this time. The Mason Valley WMA is open to fishing from Feb. 11 - September 30.
The level of Squaw Creek Reservoir was lowered during the summer of 2017 in order to make improvements to the water storage capacity. While reports are that angling is still good to excellent it is expected to be somewhat difficult to access the reservoir as the shoreline is exposed and extremely muddy. Equipment is also present and operating at the reservoir and will be for most of the fall. While these actions are unfortunate they will benefit the reservoir in the long term and will also improve the access to the fishery. Please remember that Squaw Creek Reservoir is a privately owned reservoir and use is allowed by the landowner, please respect this at all times.
Fly anglers have reported finding fish in slow deep runs and along the slower seams. Indicator fishing with micro mayflies, worm patterns, and small pheasant tails has been best. Streamer fishermen have had some success dead drifting and slowly retrieving heavy weighted Woolly Buggers. It’s also a good idea to have a few Baetis(BWO) patterns in your box this time of the year. Bait anglers using worms and silver spinners are having some success in the deeper pools. Fish are definitely more active and willing to chase a lures during the warmest part of the day.
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.
Angling at Wall Canyon Reservoir has been reported to be excellent this fall with good numbers of bowcutt trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, and smallmouth bass caught. Some smallmouth bass have been reported in the 14-16 inch range and angling with small crankbaits seems to be the most productive. Anglers trolling rapalas or casting from the dam are reporting success on most trout species. As temperatures continue to cool expect angling to continue to improve.