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Types of Fish in Nevada

Black Bullhead
Bluegill
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Bull Trout
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Cutthroat Trout
Green Sunfish
Largemouth Bass
Rainbow Trout
Smallmouth Bass
Striped Bass
Tiger Trout
Whitefish
Yellow Perch

While it is known for its harsh, dry environment, Nevada is also a fishing destination for the intrepid angler. Nevada has hundreds of thousands of acres of waterways and diverse species ranging from trout to panfish.

Trout are some of Nevada’s most varied fish, with species like rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat, lake, redband, bull, and more. Lake Mohave provides excellent trout fishing in fall and winter. Angle for redband, which are a subspecies of rainbow only found in two parts of the country, along the Bruneau River. Visit the Jarbridge River for bull trout, and for the rare golden trout visit Kern River.

Many site-specific sub species of trout exist, too, like the Bonneville cutthroat, Lahontan cutthroat, and Yellowstone cutthroat. Try for Bonneville in most creeks located in White Pine County. For Lahontan, fish along the Humboldt River, primarily in its upper, northern and southern forks in Elko and Humboldt County, and Lake Tahoe. Snake River is good for Yellowstone cutthroat.

There are some salmon within Nevada, though dams have significantly limited their original territory. Lake Tahoe is the most popular large lake for kokanee salmon.

The majority of Lake Tahoe is within Nevada’s borders. This clear lake is a beautiful attraction as well as a productive fishing location, more so for boating fishermen than those onshore. Trout are avid hook biters, ranging from rainbow, brown, brook, lake and Lahontan, with the occasional catfish in Lake Tahoe too.

Bass are found mostly in the southern part of Nevada, throughout the Colorado River, and in its tributaries. For sizable smallmouth bass try South Fork Reservoir, site of the state record holder. Lake Mead and Lake Mohave are both great summer bass fisheries, with the latter yielding a whopping sixty pounder that took the state striped bass record.

The largest lake in the state, Lake Mead, is a man-made reservoir spanning for over a hundred miles. Trout are popular within Nevada, with many found in Lake Mead, along with plenty of bass, crappie, catfish, and walleye. In fact, some of the best largemouth and striped bass fishing in Nevada comes from Lake Mead. After all, Lake Mead is home to the state’s largemouth bass record of twelve pounds. Alongside its aquatic wildlife life live some endangered species, giving you a rare glimpse at a peregrine falcon as you cast.

For the vacationer looking for a little of everything, Echo Canyon State Park is within a couple hours of Las Vegas. It also holds a lake within the park that has excellent fishing for rainbow trout, crappie, and bass. There are also campgrounds available, making it a perfect chance to get some fishing and gambling within one short trip!

Anyone over twelve needs a license which can be purchased online, through the mail, or at a licensing agent within the state. Social security numbers are required. Groups can buy a single day group recreational fishing license. Residents are defined as persons living within the state for six months, who have not applied for similar licensure in other states during that time.

Nevada has a free fishing day the second Saturday in June every year!
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Alkali Lake


Located around 46 miles from Mammoth Lakes, California Alkali Lake has much to offer anglers of all skill levels. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Alkali Lake include . If Alkali Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Aurora Creek, Squaw Creek, Garfield Creek, Bodie Creek, Bodie Creek, Atastra Creek, Powell Creek, Little Squaw Creek, Huntoon Creek and Huntoon Creek.
Closest Cities : Mammoth Lakes 46miles, Yerington 54miles


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Alkali Lake


Located around 43 miles from Winnemucca, Nevada Alkali Lake has much to offer anglers of all skill levels. There are only small settlements near this lake. If Alkali Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Willow Creek, Big Creek, North Indian Creek, Indian Creek, Rock Creek, Daisy Creek, Perry Canyon Creek, Timber Creek, Cherry Creek and Mill Creek.
Closest Cities : Winnemucca 43miles


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Alkali Lake


Located around 39 miles from Alturas, California Alkali Lake has much to offer anglers of all skill levels. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Alkali Lake include . If Alkali Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Berrey Brook, Willow Creek, Secret Creek, South Creek, Massacre Creek, First Creek, Second Creek, Schamp Creek, Sand Creek and South Willow Creek.
Closest Cities : Alturas 39miles, Lakeview 43miles


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Antelope Lake


Antelope Lake is located in Nevada, United States Of America. There are only small settlements near this lake. If Antelope Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Breen Creek, Saulsbury Wash, Stone Cabin Creek, Eden Creek, China Wash, Jackson Wash and Willow Creek.
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Artesia Lake


Artesia Lake is located just 11 miles from Yerington, in Nevada. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Artesia Lake include South Lake Tahoe, Fernley and Sparks. If Artesia Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Otts Creek, East Walker River, West Walker River, West Walker River, Mineral Valley, Desert Creek, Fourmile Hill Creek, Perazzo Slough, Pine Nut Creek and Indian Creek.
Closest Cities : Yerington 11miles, South Lake Tahoe 33miles, Fernley 44miles, Sparks 47miles, Fallon 48miles


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