Lahontan Reservoir



Lahontan Reservoir, Nevada

Fly Fishing Lahontan Reservoir: You really have to love Nevada and its high deserts to enjoy fishing the Lahontan Reservoir. The reservoir is turbid year round, surrounded by sagebrush, and has very few trees for cover from the summer heat. The reservoir holds good populations of wipers, carp, walleye, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and white bass. Wipers are the most common caught species at Lahontan. Anglers stripping buggers and clousers near the many sandy beaches can expect great numbers by mid May through the summer. Walleye fishing can be good near rocky points and around structure. Huge numbers of large carp can be seen cruising as the water clears slightly by June through the fall.

Larger fish at Lahontan call for heavier rods in the six to eight weight range with the occasional nine needed for the really big carp. Fast sinking lines are key to catching most of the sandy shoreline bass. The wipers can be easily accessed by wade fisherman at any of the sandy beaches particularly near the inlets. Floating lines are best for the Carp and walleye around heavy cover. Boat and Pontoon fisherman key in on the inlets and the old river channel that runs across the lake. Lahontan is highly susceptible to drought and fish loss so be sure to check in before heading out.

Fly Fishing Gear for Lahontan Reservoir: 6-8 weight rods with fast sinking lines are key to catching most of the bass and walleye at Lahontan, the sink tips and floating lines seem to be secondary. Tippets in the 0X-3X 5′-8′ leaders are fine in the turbid water. Read lots more on Lahontan Reservoir in The Fly Fisher’s Guide to: Nevada or book a Guide Trip with the author.

Dries for Lahontan Reservoir: Parachute Ant, Parachute Hopper, Adult Damsel and Dragonflies

Nymphs for Lahotan Reservoir: Stillwater Nymph, Bead Head Stillwater Nymph, Stillwater Flash Nymph, Draggin,

Streamers for Lahontan Reservoir: Clouser Minnow, Hook Up, Pyramid Lake Woolly Worm, Cone Head Woolly Bugger, Crystal Bugger,


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