Fishing Nevada


Top 10 Fishing Destinations in Nevada

Nevada is the seventh-largest state in the U.S, area wise. Oregon and Idaho are towards its north, Arizona to the southeast and Utah to the east. The famous Sierra Nevada mountain range, from where it derives its name, runs on the western border with California.

Nevada is sparsely populated due to its arid climate and Sagebrush deserts hence also called Sagebrush state. Another popular name is the ‘Silver State’ due to its rich deposits of silver and is considered to be among the leading producers of gold, at present.

Nevada's Fish

  • Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass
  • Bullhead, channel, and white catfish
  • Sacramento, yellow, and walleye perch
  • Bluegill, sunfish, and crappie panfish
  • Brook and brown trout

Types of Catch Available


sockeye salmon

Sockey​​​​e Salmon

coho salmon

Coho Salmon

brook trout

Brook Trout

raindbow trout

Rainbow Trout

brown trout

Brown Trout

cutthroat trout

Cutthroat Trout


yellow perch

Yellow Perch

Striped Bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

smallmouth bass

Smallmouth Bass

spotted bass

Spotted Bass

White Bass

White Bass

northern pike






bullhead catfish

Bullhead Catfish





State Fishing Records

Top 10 Fishing Spots Across Nevada

Although Nevada is the driest state in the US, the state is full of amazing lakes, reservoirs, streams, and rivers that provide excellent fishing opportunities for anglers. Out of all, the ten best fishing spots are listed below

Wild Horse Reservoir

Wild Horse Reservoir

This man made reservoir, located 65 miles north of Elko County, was built after the construction of the White Horse Dam and is the home to the rainbow, brown & tiger trout, largemouth/smallmouth, and cutthroat trout as also the yellow perch. There are ample resorts that provide RV hookups, exotic seafood cuisine, and rent out boats and charters to visitors who come to enjoy the fishing experience.

Cave Lake

Cave Lake

Located at 15 miles southeast of Ely is a water body of 2,700 acres surrounded by incredible scenic views. The lake is loaded with crayfish that makes a delicious meal right then and there on the camping site by the fire. In addition to this, there is a variety of other fish like rainbow trout, wild brown trout, and tiger trout. Ice fishing is also popular here from the month of December to March. Anglers find the area accessible through boat ramps and docks, kayaks, and canoes. Licenses must be produced at the time of checking.

Knott Creek Reservoir

Knott Creek Reservoir

Located in the Pine Forest Mountains of northwestern Humboldt County at the height of 6,400 feet, this is one of the most beautiful spots of Nevada. Spread over 216 acres of land with a depth of 24 feet, this reservoir is home to bow cut trout and tiger trout which are hybrids with other trout species. The water has fish in abundance as anglers can catch up to 20 fish per day. The best time to fish is from June to October.

Truckee River

Truckee River

This is the largest river of West Nevada which originates from Lake Tahoe and flows 110 miles to Pyramid Lake. This is a favorite fishing spot, supporting 60,000 to 100,000 anglers annually. The abundance of fish species found here includes rainbow trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish, and largemouth bass.

Ruby Lake

Ruby Lake

Located approximately 70 miles southeast of Elko in the Ruby Valley, this lake is famous for largemouth bass. Fishing is open all year round, and access is super easy through roads, boat landings, float landings, and docks. There are also wheelchair accessible areas which make it easier for people who are physically challenged to not miss out on their favorite activity. Ice fishing is also an attraction for anglers around the area. Nevada State fishing license is necessary to carry while fishing and Nevada Trout Stamp must also be produced when catching the fish.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

This is located in the Sierra Nevada and spreads over 192 sq. miles with a maximum depth of 1,646 feet. Sport fishing is a major attraction of Tahoe, which includes many species including Mackinaw, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Kokanee Salmon, and Largemouth Bass. Fishing during the months of June and July prove to be quite productive, which is why anglers and fishermen head out here during these months. The area around is privately owned with limited access; hence, shoreline baits are common around the lake. Commercial guide services are available for tourists and anglers with extensive fishing knowledge and setups required for fishing.

Eagle Valley Reservoir

Eagle Valley Reservoir

Created in 1965, this is located in the Spring Valley State Park. The reservoir is spread over 65 acres of land with a depth of 43 feet. and rich in rainbow, brown, and tiger trout. Anglers catch between 4 to 5 fish per day during the month of April to June and September to October. Anglers also enjoy ice fishing during winter. There are facilities for visitors, such as boat ramps and fish cleaning stations. Anglers need to have licenses at all times.

Echo Canyon Reservoir

Echo Canyon Reservoir

The Echo Canyon Reservoir is located in the Meadow Valley Wash, approximately 10 miles down the Eagle Valley Reservoir. The Echo Canyon State Park has this reservoir built-in 1969. The reservoir covers 70 acres to a maximum of 27 feet. The sportfishing comprises of rainbow and brown trout, white crappie, largemouth bass, and black bullhead. The catch here is relatively small because of the unstable water levels. The state park has campsites, RV stations, resorts, lodgings and guides for tourists.

Lake Mohave

Lake Mohave

Located within the Lake Mead Recreational Area, the lake covers 30,000 acres with a maximum depth of 120 feet. Anglers find game fish like striped, largemouth and smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, bluegill, and channel catfish. The months of March to June are best for catching bass using nightcrawlers or crankbaits. Shoreline camping is allowed in the area while licenses are required for anglers for sport fishing.

Lake Mead

Lake Mead

Located on Colorado River about 25 miles southeast of Las Vegas, is the largest and the most beautiful man made lake in the US with an expanse of 150,000 acres and 46 feet deep. Channel, crappie, bluegill, sunfish and a variety of bass are found here. The lake can be very rough and windy, which is why anglers must check the weather forecasts before heading towards the lake. Bass can be caught all year round, while bluegill fish is the best catch in the months of May to June, and Channel catfish in the month of April to September. Anglers thoroughly enjoy the catch here, while availing the services of boats, charters, kayaks, and canoes along with guides through proper permits and licenses. 

Nevada has a wide variety of fishing spots and is a great place to get out and catch some fish.  Not bad for a state most known for its incredibly hot deserts.


















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