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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, white bass, yellow perch and hybrid striped bass at Lake Lahontan in Nevada.

Lake Lahontan, NV

Known for its fluctuating water levels, Lake Lahontan is a 10,000-acre lake with 69 miles of shoreline when full. This reservoir on the Carson River affords fishing enthusiasts the opportunity to pursue various fish species.

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Lake Lahontan is located in the northwest section of Nevada and offers excellent fishing opportunities for both locals and visitors alike. This reservoir is a popular destination for anglers due to its diverse fish population and beautiful surroundings, making it an ideal spot for both fishing and recreational activities.

Among the popular fish species found in Lake Lahontan are largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Anglers often target these bass species for their strong fighting abilities and exciting catch potential. Additionally, rainbow trout is another sought-after species in the lake, especially during colder months when the trout are more active.

Hybrid striped bass is another prominent fish species in Lake Lahontan, and these hard-fighting fish can provide an exciting challenge for anglers. Moreover, anglers can find channel catfish and white catfish, which are both prized for their excellent taste and can be caught using various bait and tackle setups.

For those interested in panfish, Lake Lahontan has black crappie, white crappie, and sunfish. These fish are commonly targeted by youth anglers and beginners, providing a great opportunity for families to bond and introduce children to the joys of fishing.

Walleye, yellow perch, and white bass are other species present in the lake, offering a diverse range of fishing opportunities for anglers of all skill levels. Whether fishing from the shore or in a boat, visitors to Lake Lahontan can enjoy a day of fishing while also taking in the picturesque views and enjoying other water-based activities. With camping facilities nearby, anglers have the option to extend their stay and fully immerse themselves in the beauty and fishing experiences that Lake Lahontan has to offer.

The lake is situated in the western part of the state, at Silver Springs. Amenities are extremely limited, so bring everything with you. If you plan to camp, there are primitive camping areas near the lake, with no facilities. Particularly in summer, the fishing tends to be best in the cleaner water, in the large basin near the dam. There is a boat launch ramp at Lahontan State Recreation Area. Many areas around the lake provide access for portage of canoes, kayaks and small boats.

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Primary fish species residing in Lake Lahontan

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Largemouth bass Spotted bass Channel catfish White catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Rainbow trout White Bass Yellow Perch Hybrid Striped Bass

Lahontan Reservoir Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: NO
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: YES

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Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Lake Lahontan Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off S Beach Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

North Shore Marina Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off Lincoln Highway, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Primitive Camping only.

Lake Lahontan NV Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Lahontan
Lahontan Reservoir State Parks Division
16799 Lahontan Dam Rd
Fallon, NV 89406
775 867-3500


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