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Now that the kids are back in school and fall is just around the corner, this is one of the best times of year for fishing in Nevada’s lakes, ponds and streams, according to the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW).

“I like fall fishing because the waters aren’t as crowded as in summer, the weather is nice and the fish are feeding in order to put on weight before winter,” said Mark Warren, NDOW staff biologist.

One of the waters that Warren likes in the fall is Lake Mead where striped bass are feeding on threadfin shad on the lake’s surface. Currently stripers that weigh from one to three pounds are being caught as they dine on the small baitfish. While they are still out of casting range of shore anglers, it is expected that they will be feeding near the shoreline within a few weeks.

Another big lake that offers good fall fishing is Lake Tahoe which provides great action for mackinaw trout that are pulled from the cool depths of the lake at 100 to 500 feet. Trolling near the surface, called top-lining, can also result in some good catches of rainbow and brown trout.

In the fall, brown trout and mountain whitefish are spawning in the Truckee and East Walker rivers in northwest Nevada. Whitefish, which are excellent to eat, can be caught on the bottom with nymphs. Brown trout are excitable and will attack baits that are fished fast, such as wooly buggers, crayfish patterns and surface Rapalas.

Knott Creek Reservoir in northern Humboldt County should have a low water level, according to Warren, but the fishing could be very good for rainbow trout up to five pounds.

From mid September through mid October the fishing is usually very good at Lahontan Reservoir southwest of Fallon and Rye Patch Reservoir north of Lovelock for walleye and wipers (hybrid between striped and white bass).

Anglers looking for smallmouth bass will find them along with good rainbow trout fishing at South Fork Reservoir south of Elko. And Wilson Reservoir north of Tuscarora in Elko County provided great fishing last fall for rainbow trout.

Further to the south, Comins Lake south of Ely has been a hot spot for large rainbow trout and this should continue through the fall months. Wayne E. Kirch Wildlife Management Area in Nye County south of Lund traditionally has good fall fishing for largemouth bass at Adams-McGill, Dacey and Haymeadow reservoirs. Haymeadow, along with Cold Springs Reservoir on the management area, should again be good spots for rainbow trout.

Free fishing maps for the state that give locations and types of fish that are found in the waters are available at all NDOW offices, which are open weekdays, except state holidays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are also available online at





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