Nevada fishing guide

Welcome to your key source for all fishing-related information in Nevada. Discover not only the prime fishing spots but also learn about the diverse species inhabiting these waters. Stay informed about the latest fishing regulations and licensing requirements for fishing in Nevada

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Nearby reservoirs and lakes of Nevada

Here are the top 20 (or less) reservoirs by area. Find others through search.

Licenses for fishing in Nevada

In Nevada, fishing licenses are required for various activities, with specific fees for residents and non-residents. Special licenses are available for different age groups, veterans, disabled individuals, and active-duty servicemen.

For the most accurate and detailed information, it's best to visit the Nevada Department of Wildlife website where you can also purchase a fishing license online.

License Type Resident Fee Non-Resident Fee
Fishing License (Annual) $40 $80
1-Day Fishing Permit $9 $18
Each Consecutive Day Added to a 1-Day Permit $3 $7
Combination Hunt/Fish License (Annual) $75 $155
Youth Combination Hunt/Fish License (Annual) $15 $15
Senior Specialty Combination License (Annual) $15 -
Serviceman's Specialty Combination Hunt/Fish License (Annual) $15 -
Disabled Veteran Specialty Combination Hunt/Fish License (Annual) $15 -

Notes:

  • These fees include various types of permits like annual, short-term, combination licenses, and special category permits.
  • Special permits are available for seniors, veterans, active-duty military, and disabled individuals.

Fishing Regulations in Nevada

Prohibited Gear and Fishing Methods
  • Use of explosives, poisons, or electrical devices for fishing is illegal.
  • Fishing with nets, traps, or seines is allowed only with specific permits and in designated areas.
  • Use of live fish as bait is restricted in certain waters to prevent the spread of invasive species.
  • Snagging fish is not allowed except in designated areas during specific seasons.
  • Spearing and bowfishing are permitted for certain species in specific waters.
Catch Limits
  • Trout: Daily limit varies by area, typically 5 fish with size restrictions.
  • Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth): Daily limit of 5, with size limits in specific areas.
  • Crappie: Daily limit of 15, no size limit.
  • Catfish: Daily limit varies, generally no more than 10 fish.
  • Walleye: Daily limit of 3, with a minimum size limit in some waters.
  • Pike: Daily limit varies, often no limit to encourage removal in certain waters.
  • White Bass, Striped Bass, and Hybrid Striped Bass: Combined daily limit of 25, no size limit.
  • Sturgeon: Catch-and-release only in most areas; check specific regulations.
  • Perch and other Panfish: Daily limit generally 25-50, depending on the species and location.
  • Kokanee Salmon: Limits vary by area, often 5 fish.
Restrictions on Access to Water Bodies
  • Access to some waters may be restricted for wildlife management or conservation efforts.
  • Fishing on private property requires explicit permission from the landowner.
  • Special regulations for fishing in state parks and wildlife refuges.
  • No fishing zones enforced around certain infrastructures like dams and fish hatcheries.
  • Seasonal access restrictions in certain areas for fish spawning and habitat management.
Zones of Special Regulation
  • Catch-and-release areas for certain species, especially trout.
  • Areas with gear restrictions, such as artificial lures only or fly fishing zones.
  • Slot limits for bass and walleye in certain lakes and rivers.
  • Special regulations in waters with high fishing pressure or ecological sensitivity.
  • Trophy fisheries with enhanced size and bag limits in selected areas.
Protection of Rare Species
  • Fishing for endangered or threatened species is strictly prohibited.
  • Special regulations in habitats of rare or sensitive aquatic species.
  • Research fishing for rare species requires special permits.
  • Reporting accidental catches of rare species is essential for conservation efforts.
  • Areas with significant ecological value may have additional fishing restrictions.
Seasonal Restrictions
  • Closed seasons for specific species during spawning or migration periods.
  • Ice fishing regulations, including shelter and gear restrictions, during winter months.
  • Seasonal closures in sensitive ecological areas for species protection and habitat restoration.
  • Temporary closures during environmental events or for population studies.
  • Special regulations for early and late fishing seasons in certain areas.

Nearby cities of Nevada

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