Plan Your Fishing Trip

Plan Your Fishing Trip

There are many reasons to go fishing, whether you’re relaxing and unwinding, catching fresh fish for dinner or spending time with family and friends. For whatever reason you choose to get out and fish, it is best to be prepared. The following pages will help you find the type of fish near you, the best bait to use for the time of year you are out, which fish are safe to eat, regulations for the area you are fishing, and information on when and where fish have been stocked.

Species Information

Looking for the most popular fish to catch? You’ve come to the right place. Below is a variety of species you can catch in Nevada.

Researching your

Fishing Trip
Whether you’re planning a quick excursion close to home or an extended trip through Nevada’s backcountry, we have all the tools you need to explore the rich fishing opportunities our great state has to offer. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our FishNV tool. With FishNV and its interactive map, you can explore all fishable waters throughout the state and sort by water types, species, region and county. It’s a true one-stop shopping tool for planning your next fishing adventure.

A Basic Guide to Fishing Nevada

Where to Fish

Warmwater sport fish species are found in many water bodies throughout the state and they typically prefer temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The most popular species include bluegill, channel and white catfish, large- and smallmouth bass (black bass), striped bass, white bass, white and black crappie, wiper and yellow perch. These species are generally found in a few urban ponds and in small and large reservoirs. However, some species occupy a few of the warmer streams or rivers in the state. Please check FishNV for fishable waters containing warmwater sport fish species.

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Fishing Tackle

Warmwater fish comprise many popular species found throughout Nevada. You will certainly want to match the spinning or bait casting rod and reel size and line weight for each species you want to catch. Light action, smaller rods with lighter line weight (4 to 8 lb test) are best for bluegill, crappie, smaller white bass, and yellow perch. Larger (medium to heavy action) rods and heavier line weight (8 to 20 lb test) are better for black bass, channel catfish, striped bass and wipers. Depending on the size and productivity of the water body, fish may grow to different sizes and you may have to adjust the size of tackle used.

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Bait Fishing

Bait fishing can be a fairly simple and relaxing way to fish. With warmwater species, both bottom fishing and surface or suspended bait fishing with bobbers can produce excellent results. Each species of fish typically prefers its own type of bait, for example bluegill may prefer meal worms or red worms, crappie like small minnows, and black bass may prefer night crawlers or crayfish. Stink bait is the typical choice for all types of catfishes and white bass may prefer the local minnows. Some of the best baits for catching striped bass in Lakes Mead and Mohave are shad caught from the lake or store bought frozen anchovies. Do not forget, there are many commercially produced scented baits that produce excellent results for many different fish species. It is important to review bait regulations for the water body you plan to fish since the use and type of bait allowed varies.

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Lure Fishing

Fishing with lures can be a very successful way to catch many of the warmwater sport fish species. Typically, you want to mimic the natural bait found from where you are fishing. Silver or gold colored spoon or spinner type lures tossed far out into the water to create a reaction strike are an excellent choice for just about everywhere. Crankbaits function similarly and they look more like minnows or crayfish to attract a strike from fish. Fly fishing with wooly buggers is also a great choice for imitating small fish, damsel flies or leeches. There is such a wide variety of lures to catch fish that it may be best to visit a local bait/tackle shop to find out the hottest lure for a fish species or for the time of year you plan to fish.

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Fishing Advisories & Notices

Harmful Algae Blooms

Surface algae blooms are becoming more common in Nevada ponds, lakes, and reservoirs as spring, summer and fall temperatures continue to rise. Other than being very unsightly or smelly, some blooms have the ability to become toxic causing health concerns. Please use common sense and avoid coming into direct contact with the water just to be safe when these blooms occur.

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Calendar

Calendar

These calendars provide the latest fish stocking that has occurred across the state. Stay up-to-date with NDOW’s fishing calendar, which provides the latest fish stocking information and fishing reports from southern, eastern and western Nevada.
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Explore Fishable Waters

FishNV is a great tool to increase your choices of where to fish. The state is separated into three regions, making easy to find places near you to fish and explore the list of existing game fish present in a given body of water
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Fishing Reports

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Angler Information Guides

Ever need a bit more information about the fishing locations near you, which fish are in the most popular waters around the state, which lures or bait works best, fishing regulations, or when a water is stocked? These Angler Information Guides have got you covered.

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Fishing Rules & Regulations

Many waters throughout the state have different fishing regulations and the current Nevada Fishing Guide spells out what you can keep and the type of lure or bait you are allowed to use. We encourage you to look up fishing and boating regulations for each water body you plan to visit prior to heading out. NDOW has good information and rules for you to follow so this does not happen and destroy the great fisheries that our state has to offer.
Licenses, Permits and Fees
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Nevada Fishing Rules & Regulations
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General Statewide Regulations
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Fishing with Bait Fish
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