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Western Nevada Fishing Report

Western Nevada Fishing Report
Courtesy of NDOW

Updated: 5/4/2018


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. 



Closed to fishing – Season reopens in June 



Snow runoff has raised the flow of the East Fork of the Carson. Fishing over the weekend was slow. Low water temperatures combined with high flows make for tough conditions.  There were reports of a few rainbows caught in the 2 to 4 lbs range. Most were caught on lures with a few on salmon eggs. With warmer temperatures the fishing will be good and the bite should turn on.  



Late spring 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.



Flows are prime and fishing continues to be good on the East Walker from Rosachi Ranch to Sportsmen’s Beach. Flows have been pretty consistently around 150-200 cfs making for prime spring conditions.  As we slide into late spring conditions, the skwala stonefly hatch should continue to slow down. As water temperatures rise, the caddis will likely be out in full force. Streamer fishing has slowed slightly but nymph fishing has gotten better with the recent bump in flows. Those indicator fishing or high sticking small golden stone nymphs, worm patterns, and pheasant tails are doing very well. For the spin anglers, aggressive fish are eager to hit small kastmasters, rapalas, and panther martins. 



Fishing should be great with the warmer weather. Although, fisherman should be aware that the access road to the Hobart reservoir parking area (ash canyon road) is still closed. There is one remaining snow drift on the road at approx. 6,000' and Carson City is working on a handful of water damage repairs to finish before they can allow public access.  Expect fishing to be great with the warmer temps we are forecasted to experience.  Any type of spinner from the shoreline can be productive as well as trolling flies from a float tube.  



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.



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.



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.  



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



Closed to fishing – Season reopens in June 



Late spring 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.  



The few reports coming in on Spooner seem to be a little inconsistent, primarily due to the ice present until a few weeks ago. Bait fisherman have reported some rainbow holdovers to 15”. Morning mayfly and midge hatches have been a little inconsistent but fish seem to still be on the surface till the sun comes up. Even with the recent ice off, some vegetation is definitely present. Fly fisherman in boats have been doing well slowly trolling small brown buggers and rust leech patterns. We’re looking forward to good damsel hatches coming up here pretty quick.


Fishing has been slow with the majority of the catch being channel catfish.  A recent stocking event should improve the fishing for trout, and pre-spawn largemouth bass should be starting to get active and provide for more opportunity in the reservoir. 


With the warmer daytime temperatures the lake level has come up a little.  A few fishing reports coming in from boat fisherman catching fish in the 12-15 inch range using Rapalas with flashers and a half a night crawler.  Shore anglers have had some increased success using Powerbait or inflated night crawlers.  Fish weighing more than 5 pounds have been reported since the January 1 opener.



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.    



The urban ponds are fishing really well since being stocked the last month.  Fisherman are having luck using Powerbait, night crawlers and salmon eggs. With the warmer midday temperatures some urban ponds are starting to get a little weedy.   


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


Fishing has been exceptional with large browns and carryover rainbows being reported (14-18 inches).  Small mouth bass in the 10-12 inch range are also being caught in good numbers.  The reservoir is currently full.


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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