Fishing Lahontan Reservoir
Lahontan Reservoir is situated in west central Nevada, approximately 50 miles southeast of the Reno/Sparks area. It is part of the Newland’s Irrigation Project that stores water from the Carson River and Truckee River. The quality of the fishing depends on water levels, which depend on snow pack in the nearby Sierra Range. Continuing battles over water allocations in the Truckee River have jeopardized the future of Lahontan Reservoir, with the promise of less water being available in the future. At maximum storage, Lahontan Reservoir has a maximum depth of 85 feet in the lower basin near the dam. There are approximately 10,600 surface acres and nearly 65 miles of shoreline to fish. The length of the reservoir is slightly more than 17 miles with a maximum width of 2.5 miles. The reservoir contains sandy beaches and rock outcroppings, flooded woody debris, a flooded river channel and various islands made out of rock and sand. Water quality is considered good, with the exception of the constant turbidity and dense algae blooms of late summer.

The reservoir 's primary game fish species include wipers (white bass x striper hybrid), white bass, walleye, channel catfish, bullhead, largemouth bass, spotted bass, and crappie. The best fishing occurs from April through July and October. Angler use for the five year period (1998-2002) averaged  2.26 fish per angler day. Trophy Book entries include a 7-pound, 12-ounce largemouth bass, a 2-pound, 15-ounce smallmouth bass, a 4-pound white bass (State Record), a 31-pound, 1-ounce channel catfish (State Record), a 2-pound, 8-ounce white crappie, a 9-ounce yellow perch, a 15-pound, 4-ounce walleye (State Record) and an 18-pound, 8-ounce wiper (State Record). Walleye are captured in the spring with normal walleye gear: jigs, worms trolled in a worm harness behind flashers, and live minnows. Wipers are captured with plugs and live minnows. White bass are caught on spinners (Mepps) and using live minnows. Channel catfish are caught with dead minnows, worms, prawns, liver and worms fished off the bottom.

Camping: Lahontan is a Nevada State Park. Fees are charged to enter the park. Camping, toilets, showers, picnic tables, and boat launching facilities are available. The town of Silver Springs is only a few miles fromthe reservoir with gasoline and groceries available.

Regulations -Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night, except for the spillway pool, which is closed to fishing. The limit is 5 trout, 15 warmwater game fish, of which not more than 5 may be walleye and 5 may be largemouth bass. (please note Lahontan is currently under a no fish consume advisory)

Site is located 45 miles east of Carson City on Nevada 50. Access by paved and improved dirt roads.


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