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Blue Lakes Sponsored by
Date 19-Apr-06
Water Condition
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Conditions : No Reports

Reported by: NDOW

Species Hatches: Patterns Lures & Spinners
  • brook trout
  • tiger trout (brown trout x brook trout hybrid)
  • bowcutt trout (rainbow trout x cutthroat trout hybrid)
  • rainbow trout

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About: - Blue Lakes are located in the northwestern corner of the Pine Forest Mountains in northwestern Humboldt County in a Wilderness area. This lake system lies at 8,300 feet and is normally frozen over until June. There are three lakes that make up the Blue Lake complex: one large lake and two smaller ones. The main lake has an average depth of 24 feet with a maximum depth of 44 feet. It is 24 surface acres, while the lower lake complex is 7.4 surface acres. Fish include brook trout, tiger trout (brown trout x brook trout hybrid), bowcutt trout (rainbow trout x cutthroat trout hybrid) and rainbow trout. In 2003, 369 anglers fished 939 days to catch 2,111 fish for 2.3 fish per angler day. Approximately 69 percent of the anglers checked, fished with lures or flies. The best times of the year to fish are summer and fall. Fly fishermen using standard late season nymph patterns such as damsels, black leeches, and green scud patterns have had good luck. Bait fishermen have been very successful using Power Bait and worms. During early afternoon, fishermen using spinners and metallic flatfish have had consistent good luck. NDOW’s Trophy Book shows a 3-pound brook trout captured in 1987 and a 6-pound, 4-ounce rainbow trout captured in 1980. Blue Lakes lie in a Wilderness area, access is by trail (1/4 mile). Primitive camping is allowed at the lake. Bonus: One of the most beautiful spots to fish in Nevada and within a short distance of Onion Valley Reservoir and Knott Creek Reservoir.

Stocking - Stocking efforts consist of helicopter plants of between 500 and 1,500 fish annually. In 2005, approximately 500 fingerling rainbow trout are scheduled to be stocked in August.

Misc Info: -

Regulations: Season is open from the second Saturday in June through November 15, any hour of the day or night. Limit is 5 trout. Only boats without motors are permitted.

Access - Travel north of Winnemucca to State Route 140, then on to Denio Junction. At Denio Junction, turn west on SR140 and drive to the Knott Creek Ranch turnoff. Proceed south, following the signs to the Onion Valley Reservoir Campground. From there, travel ¾ mile to the Blue Lake Trailhead. Fishermen must walk from this location, ¼ mile along the trail to the Blue Lakes Complex.

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