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Western Nevada Fishing Report

Western Nevada Fishing Report
Courtesy of NDOW

Updated: 6/22/2018


The last trout stocking was roughly a month ago but fishing remains good. Both trout and bass have been active with the cooler temperatures. Trout fishing should start to slow as summer heat sets in. Spinner baits and top water plugs are the best bet for bass.  For trout powerbait, worms, small spinners, and cast masters are working well.  Fly anglers are catching both trout and bass on small leech patterns, damsel nymphs and adults, and small dries early and late in the day. Bluegill fishing had been good.  Anglers are catching bluegill near flooded vegetation using rubber jigs and small spinners. 



Reports from the opener were excellent. More information coming soon.



Runoff finally looks like it’s starting to slow as the river creeps down to safer fishing levels. 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 lb. 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. 



Fishing is fair to slow for walleye, crappie, wiper and catfish. A few walleye are being caught slowly trolling minnow imitations or worm harnesses. Trolling faster with rapala minnow imitations is a good method for walleye as well. For crappie use bright colored jigs in the flooded vegetation. The few that fly fish Chimney Reservoir tend to stick with the chartreuse and yellow Clouser minnows. Note that all tiger muskie must be released and report the tag # to NDOW.



Summer is here and flows are starting to bounce around a lot. Fishing can be fair to good depending on the water flows. Higher water conditions can be intimidating but fishing can be productive if flows have been stable for a few days. As water temperatures rise, the caddis will likely be out in full force. Nymph fishing has slowed slightly but streamer fishing has gotten better with the recent unstable 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 has been excellent. Fish are eager to hit a multitude of flies or spinners. Any type of small spinner from the shoreline can be productive as well as trolling flies from a float tube. Dry fly fishing has been excellent when the wind is calm across the entire lake with small terrestrials. Parachute or foam ants are pretty hard to beat at Hobart. Tiger trout have been reported up to 16”, rainbows to 14”, and a few brook trout pushing 13”. Fishing will likely continue to be great this season with the limited fishing pressure last year.    



Reports from the opener were excellent. More information coming soon.



White bass from shore are popular now and anglers have reported catching Wipers up to 5 lbs in the last few weeks. The bass have been a little inconsistent but when you find them, expect to hook up often. Spin fisherman using chartreuse and white jigs, kastmasters, and small spinners are finding good bass numbers. Fly fisherman are finding bass on bright streamers along many of the sand beaches. In addition to the bass, aggressive carp and even a few large walleye have been caught this season. As temperatures rise, fishing will just continue to get better.



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 summer progresses and temperatures rise, anglers can expect the Mack fishing to slow. Bait fishing for trout along the shore has been good with power bait early and late in the day.



Hinkson Slough – The warmer weather has really helped to improve the bass fishing all day. Trout fishing will continue to slow with the heat. Spin fisherman have reported bass up to 6 pounds using Senko worms and Mepps spinners. Fly fishermen are still catching a few hatchery stocked trout (mostly 8-10”) using damsels and small midge patterns under indicators or retrieved slowly. 



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



Reports from the opener were excellent. Spin fisherman using small rooster tails, spoons, kastmasters, and mepps caught trout in the 12-14” range. Fly fisherman in boats trolling small woolly buggers, leech patterns, and nymphs did well.   



Fishing has been slow.  Some wipers are being caught below the dam.  Fishing will just continue to improve with good water conditions. Spin Fisherman are finding that Rapala minnow imitations are working well. Fly Fisherman are picking up the occasional bass on chartreuse woolly buggers and clouser minnows.



Fishing has been good but the floating vegetation is going to take hold as temperatures climb. Fishing out of a boat will be the most productive option here soon. For now, Bait fishermen have reported some rainbow 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. Fly fisherman in boats have been doing well slowly trolling damsels or small dark leech patterns along the weed beds and in the deeper weed channels.


Fishing has been slow with the majority of the catch being channel catfish.  The recent stocking event has improved the fishing for trout and should continue to be good on the dam end of the lake. The largemouth bass are showing up in solid numbers in the shallows. As summer continues, the trout fishing will slow at the north/inlet end of the lake. Spin fisherman have been tossing small spinners and spoons from shore for trout, and larger rapalas for the bass. Fly Fisherman have been trolling along the dam picking up trout periodically. The bass fishing along the shoreline and tules during low light periods can provide popper fisherman with some explosive action. 


Topaz trout fishing has remained good. In spite of warmer air temps the water temp has stayed cool due to flow through from the river, most fish are of the recent hatchery origin but some up to 16-18” have been reported in April. A few reports of smallmouth being caught already but nothing to write home about…yet. Fly fisherman in boats can look forward to incredible carp fishing near the inlet coming up in June.



The river healthy and fishing has been very good. Flows remain at prime summer levels and the temperatures have kept the trout happy. Fishing early in the day will continue to improve as water temperatures start to really climb in the afternoons. Insects are abundant with the amount of water we’ve seen over the last two years. Spin fisherman have been doing well around the parks for hatchery trout and the trout stockings will continue as long as temperatures allow.  Depending on where you’re at on the river, there have been some green drakes and little yellow stones still hatching. Anglers can expect PMD’s in the afternoon and a fair amount of caddis hatching in the evenings. E/C caddis, yellow elk hair caddis, and parachute orange dry flies have been productive. Nymph fishing will likely get a bit tougher with the higher temps and lower flows. Caddis pupa, small pheasant tails, and zebra midge are hard to bet under a small indicator.



The urban ponds are fishing really well since being stocked over the last month. Fisherman are having luck using Powerbait, small night crawlers and salmon eggs. With the warmer midday temperatures some urban ponds are starting to get a little weedy. Crystal Peak Ponds, Davis Creek Pond, Sparks Marina, and Marilyn’s Pond will continue to see stocking through the early summer.



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



Fishing has been exceptional for some larger browns and carryover rainbows have been reported in the 14-18 inch range. Smallmouth bass in the 10-12 inch range are also being caught in good numbers.  The reservoir is currently full. Spin fisherman have been successful with small spinners for the trout and small bright rapalas for the bass, bright jigs are also a pretty good bet at the reservoir right now.


Washoe Lake has benefitted from the historic winter of 2016-2017 and has reached levels not seen in over a decade. Stocking of several thousand channel catfish and white crappie has occurred in both Little Washoe Lake and Washoe Lake during the 2017 season. A few people are finally getting back out to the lake but only a few of the bass or catfish have been caught. Fly anglers are starting to target the carp again in both lakes as their populations continue to grow.

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