Why fish only one state when you can fish in two?
Do you fish the Truckee River regularly on both sides of the state line? If so, you will have to purchase a new 2008-’09 Nevada State License, which runs from March 1 to Feb. 28 of the following year.
If you live in Nevada, a resident Annual Fishing License will run you $29 and an additional $10 for a Nevada Trout Stamp. A non-resident, annual license for those of us who live in California will cost $69 and an additional $10 for the Nevada Trout Stamp.
Many fly fishers who fish the Truckee River regularly fish both sides of the state line due to the way the hatches occur on the river. The same insects typically hatch earlier down on the Nevada side than on the California side. Thus an angler can fish a certain hatch down on the Nevada side and also as it progresses up the hill into our region.
Warmer temperatures in the Reno area appear to result in a longer fall and more consistent winter season. This allows the California anger to continue to fish over some more willing fish year-round.
Nevada’s fishing opportunities are certainly not limited to the Truckee River. There are many other exceptional waters local anglers will fish.
Among these is the East Walker River east of Bridgeport, which provides year-round catch-and-release angling for fly fishermen. Anglers from the Truckee area can go down there and find relatively pleasant temperatures and pretty good fishing if the flows are just right.
Local anglers can also fish some stillwater close by in Spooner Lake and catch-and-release-only Marlette Lake during the season these two are open.
There are numerous other lakes and streams in Nevada that can provide some excellent angling for a variety of species. One of the most interesting lakes near Fallon is Lahontan Reservoir. This reservoir boasts some great fly fishing for species other than trout, such as white bass, whipers (a cross between striped bass and white bass) and carp. It is an interesting reservoir.
To locate additional waters, I would suggest picking up a copy of Richard Dickerson’s book, “Nevada Anglers Guide: Fishtails in Sagebrush.”
In this book, which is conveniently divided into geographic regions and further subdivided by county, the state’s principal creeks, rivers, lakes and reservoirs are assessed for their angling possibilities and accessibility. Included are rainbow trout, browns, cutthroat (including the famed Lahontan strain), bull trout, kokanee, mackinaw, bass, walleye, pan fish ” they’re all out there. This is essential information for anyone who wants to fish the Silver State.
So, if you want to fish in Nevada, be sure to purchase that Nevada State Fishing License. There are certainly lots of different opportunities in Nevada for the fly fisher.