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Western Nevada Fishing Report


Courtesy of NDOW

Updated: 12/15/2017


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. 


The reservoir is currently frozen. Ice fishing conditions will be updated with safe ice fishing conditions.  Note that all tiger muskie must be released and report the tag # to NDOW.


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.



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



Closed to fishing – Season reopens in June



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. 


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



Closed to fishing – Season reopens in June



Ice has taken over good portions of the shoreline. Fishing overall has been slow.  March should bring fair Walleye fishing near the dam and below in the river. After suffering from drought, Rye Patch fishing should continue to improve over the next season.



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



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.



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



The Truckee is recovering nicely after the drought. Trophy class rainbow and brown trout have been reported throughout the Nevada portion of the river. Summer surveys have shown that trout populations are stronger from downtown Reno upstream, but plenty of great fish have been caught out east. Flows have come down in Reno from over 1000 cfs  to 600 cfs this week. As long as flows remain high, anchor ice shouldn’t be a problem. While winter fishing can be a little intimidating, consistency is the key to winter success. Consistent flows and daytime temperatures will greatly effect fishing. Sporadic Midge and Baetis(BWO) mayfly hatches should become more prolific as winter progresses. Skwala stoneflies should also start to make a comeback this season with the higher water.

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.



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



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.



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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