Reno is a fisherman’s dream, with places you can cast your line right in the heart of downtown. Whether you prefer fly fishing or rod fishing, there are plenty of spots in and around Reno where you can cast a line and hopefully make that dream of catching a big one reality.
The Truckee River is a popular spot for anglers, whether rod fishing or fly fishing, to catch rainbow trout. And Pyramid Lake and Lake Tahoe fishing are also great options.
No matter if you want to drop your line on the California or Nevada end of the Truckee, spending the day fishing this river means you’re always rewarded with stunning views, and hopefully a fish or two. Before you head out, make sure you read and understand Truckee River fishing regulations.
Keep reading to learn about the best fishing spots in Reno, NV and some tips from the pros.
From small technical streams to ladder fishing some of Nevada’s awesome lakes, fly fishing doesn’t get much better than in Reno Tahoe.
The Truckee River offers some of the best water in the West, including a fly fishing only, catch-and-release section that is close to downtown Reno and easily accessible from Interstate 80. Catch rainbow trout and brown trout in the beautiful Truckee River. It’s open year-round!
Fly fishing experts recommend that to have the best fishing experience, start early in the day and aim for areas in the water with a strong current that is interrupted by large rocks.
With so many excellent places for Reno fly fishing, here are a few local resources to help you get started and decide where to go:
A locally-owned and operated fishing shop in downtown Reno, Reno Fly Shop’s website will list some local waters, and they often release a local fishing report. Their staff is very helpful and you can stock up on any supplies you might need, including flies appropriate for the river section and season.
They also offer guide service to teach you techniques and help you find where the fish are biting.
As your go-to source for all information related to hunting, fishing and wildlife in Nevada, the Nevada Department of Wildlife is a great resource to use when looking up permit options and regulations or researching both urban ponds or remote and beautiful fishing holes.
Looking for a place to fish without a current? There are plenty of other fishing spots in Reno besides the Truckee River.
The Reno area offers plenty of fishing spots like Virginia Lake Park, Mayberry Park, Rancho San Rafael Park, Sparks Marina and Idlewild Park. Several of these spots are regularly stocked with rainbow trout and brown trout.
Drive about 40 miles northeast of Reno and fish Pyramid Lake, where you may catch a Lahontan cutthroat trout. Lake Tahoe is also a great place to catch trout, bass and salmon.
Pyramid Lake, located on the Paiute Indian Reservation 45 minutes north of Reno, is the ending point of the Truckee River. Widely acclaimed as North America’s most beautiful desert lake, it was the world-class fishing that brought Pyramid Lake to fame. You can catch Cui-ui, which is endemic to the lake, or the famous Lahontan Cutthroat. The trout have grown to record sizes and attract fishermen from around the world. For more information on fishing permits and fishing conditions at the lake, please visit the Pyramid Lake website.
The Truckee River is a popular spot for anglers, whether rod fishing or fly fishing. No matter if you want to drop your line on the California or Nevada end of the Truckee, spending the day fishing this river means you’re always rewarded with stunning views, and hopefully a fish or two. Before you head out, make sure you read and understand Truckee River fishing regulations and check out Reno camping spots.
Fishing is currently allowed in Nevada. You are required to follow the CDC’s social distancing guidelines of keeping six feet or more of space between you and your fellow fishermen.
Yes, you can fish Idlewild Park! Fish on the shores of their regularly stocked ponds or fish off the banks of the Truckee River that runs next to the park.
NDOW requires anyone over the age of 12 to hold a fishing license. Licensing fees vary by factors including age and length of license (one-day fishing license versus a year-round license vary in cost).
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