Wildlife - Fishing

It may be a high desert state, but Nevada is still home to hundreds upon hundreds of lakes, ponds, reservoirs, streams and rivers. All together, the Silver State boasts nearly 400,000 surface acres of water. And that means impressive fishing no matter what end of the state you happen to be exploring.

Nevada’s fish species include many varieties of trout, including the native cutthroat, redband, rainbow, non-native brown, brook and mackinaw. There are also largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, yellow perch, crappie and stripers, among others, cruising Nevada waters. While most local streams and rivers support self-sustaining trout populations, four fish culture facilities produce trout for stocking in many lakes and reservoirs. It’s a good way to ensure that Nevada continues to offer quality trout fishing in its many bodies of water. And with high alpine lakes such as those in the Ruby Mountains near Elko to desert lakes like Walker Lake outside.

Hawthorne to winding rivers like the Truckee in northern Nevada and the Colorado down south, there really is no shortage of fantastic fishing spots. Many secret fishing holes in the Silver State are tucked away in mountain lakes and streams, but others can actually be found in man-made reservoirs, some as small as one acre. Others are quite a bit bigger, such as the 115-mile-long Lake Mead. The colossal reservoir’s southern Nevada location means prime fishing during the winter months when other favored fishing spots in the state may be freezing over. Other popular fishing destinations in the Silver State include the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River, Pyramid Lake, and the picturesque Carson River in northern Nevada.

Whether you’re spending the afternoon on the lake or river with hopes for an evening fish fry-up or just a relaxing day of catch-and-release, Nevada does enforce fishing regulations. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these regulations and obtain all necessary licenses, stamps and permits before setting out!