The Silver State is also known for being “the driest state in the country,” so you might think that fishing here is nothing to be talked about. Think again! Despite its reputation, the Nevada fishing scene is a haven for West Coast freshwater anglers. With hundreds of lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and streams, Nevada is a beloved and popular fishing destination.
So what can you target? Well, all the freshwater superstars are here – Trout being the most popular catch of all. Whether it’s Brown, Lake (Mackinaw), or Rainbow, you'll have plenty to choose from.
Cutthroat Trout is the state fish and one of the most-prized catches, especially on Pyramid Lake. Anglers who want more variety can go after Kokanee Salmon (aka inland Sockeye). There are a lot of fisheries that offer solid Bass fishing, with Striped and Black Bass at the top of the catch list. Catfish, Crappie, Perch, and Sunfish are also in the cards.
One of the best things first-time anglers can do is decide which body of water to fish and then find a guide to take you out. Several lakes are in high-demand among fishermen, and local captains will know exactly where to take you. Half day trips are the best choice for getting a feel of the water, and some charters even offer fishing and camping combos for outdoor enthusiasts.
Not sure where to start? The top locations to find a charter are Boulder City, Reno, and Glenbrook.
Rules & Regulations
In the state of Nevada, every person over the age of 12 is required to have a valid Nevada fishing license. Bear in mind that some of the waterways are on the border of two states, so make sure to check regulations and get the right permits.