23 Reasons You Should Be Fishing In Nevada

If you are loyal to I-80 and US 95 only, you might assume Nevada is a barren sea of sagebrush. Straight Wile E. Coyote and Spaghetti Western territory, right? We love these low desert landscapes—there’s no denying that—but we’re here to tell you that you’re selling the place short. Venture out a little deeper into Nevada and you might be surprised at the world of landscapes you uncover, and the people you’ll assuredly cross paths with. Swap tumbleweeds for alpine lakes and Joshua trees for rugged peaks…and then throw fishing into the mix. Fishing is so good out there, that you can satisfy all seven fish on the IGFA Royal Trout Slam in Nevada…something that is nearly impossible to do in most states.

Center you summer and fall adventure plan around all things fishing in Nevada. It’s the extreme opposite of a let down…let count all 23 reasons why. #NVAdventure

1. For starters, all you have to do is show up at sunrise and you’re already batting a thousand. Yeah, we just about sprained our faces with this sunrise, too.

Pyramid Lake

2. You’ll casually meet Nevadans who are down to get deep in some backcountry with you because it’s a Tuesday and the fish are biting.

Jarbidge Wilderness Area

3. They’re so pumped, they’ll personally show you the rules of the road…

Jarbidge Wilderness Area

4. They might even get their Dad’s friend’s hunting buddy to lend you his boat, sight unseen. They just want to get more people psyched on fishing, they don’t care who you are.

5. They’ll really stick with you until you actually reel one in.

Jarbidge Wilderness Area

6. And will capture the moment when you finally snag that legendary Bull Trout in Jarbidge.

Jarbidge Wilderness Area

7. Fishing in Nevada will lead you to some pretty remote places, where you’ll come across unimaginable things, like beaver dams twice your height.

Jarbidge Wilderness Area

8. You’ll totally have the entire place to yourself. We don’t do crowds.

Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge

9. The alpine lakes the Rubies are known for are so loaded with native fish that the only thing you’ll be stressing over is which fly to use.

Ruby Mountains

10. And if tying flies isn’t your thing, the Rainbows and Tigers in Lamoille are hunnnnngry for some good ol’ fashioned bait.

Lamoille Canyon

11. You can backpack into the Rubies after hearing stories from locals of rarely caught native mackinaw, surrounded by pristine landscapes that are straight movie magic.

Ruby Mountains

12. ‘Cause you know accessing scenery this spectacular will totally pay off in more ways than one. 

Ruby Mountains

13. You can set up your basecamp at outdoorsmen-maintained campsites that look like THIS.

Ruby Mountains

14. And wake up to the sound of your buddy’s fly cast whizzing overhead as you roll out of your sleeping bag…is there a better way to wake up?

Ruby Mountains

15. But the mackinaw ain’t the only thing bitin’ out there. Hit the marsh for large mouth bass…

Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge

16. Try the Rubies for Brooks…

Ruby Mountains

17. Lamoille Canyon for Tigers…

Lamoille Canyon

18. And Jarbidge for Red Band Rainbows.

Jarbidge Wilderness Area

19. BUT, if you’re looking for something a little bigger, we can handle that too.

Pyramid Lake

20. This ancient lake is known for monster-sized cutthroats. It’s not uncommon to reel in a 20-pounder on an average day out there.

Pyramid Lake

21. You may face some unpredictable weather, but hey, it’s all part of the true spirit of adventure, right?

Pyramid Lake

22. If boating isn’t your jam, follow the lead of the locals and fly cast from a ladder setup. Totally common in these parts.

Pyramid Lake

23. Yep—you can taste your sweet, sweet off-grid victories already, can’t you?