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Guide to top places to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and more in NV.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

Lake Lahontan, Lake Mead, Lake Mohave, Lake Tahoe, Pyramid Lake, Topaz Lake, Washoe Lake and Wild Horse Reservoir are the most popular places for fishing in Nevada, offering anglers the chance to pursue a variety of fish species. A few lakes on northern NV offer ice fishing when ice conditions permit.

  • Lake Lahontan
  • Lake Mead
  • Lake Mohave
  • Lake Tahoe, NV
  • Pyramid Lake
  • Wild Horse Reservoir

Nevada offers a diverse range of fishing opportunities in its lakes, catering to both warm water and cold water species. The purpose of this page is to share basic information about the best fishing lakes in the state, and the species found in each lake.

Warm water lakes in Nevada are popular destinations for anglers seeking a variety of fish species. Lake Mead, one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the United States, is renowned for its warm water fishing. It provides excellent opportunities to catch largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, striped bass, channel catfish, and bluegill. The lake's expansive waters and numerous coves make it ideal for both shore and boat fishing.

Another popular warm water fishing location is Lake Mohave, situated along the Colorado River. This lake is famous for its largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, striped bass, and catfish populations. Its picturesque desert surroundings and crystal-clear waters make it a sought-after spot for both experienced and novice anglers alike.

When it comes to cold water lakes, anglers often venture to Lake Tahoe, located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. As one of the deepest and clearest freshwater lakes in the world, Lake Tahoe boasts stunning alpine beauty and offers opportunities to catch lake (Mackinaw) trout and rainbow trout. Fishing on Lake Tahoe can be a truly remarkable experience, surrounded by breathtaking scenery and pristine waters.

Throughout Nevada, there are also several high-elevation mountain lakes that provide excellent fishing for cold water species like rainbow trout, brown trout, and brook trout. These lakes can be found in various parts of the state, offering a serene and tranquil fishing experience amidst nature's splendor.

Anglers in Nevada have the privilege of choosing from an array of fishing destinations, whether they prefer warm water species in large reservoirs or the serenity of high-elevation cold water lakes. Each location offers its unique charm, making Nevada a versatile and exciting fishing destination for anglers of all levels.

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Bass Lakes

Lake Lahontan, Lake Mead, Lake Mohave and Wild Horse Reservoir are considered the best options for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. More...

Catfish Lakes

Lake Lahontan, Lake Mead, Lake Mohave, Washoe Lake and Wild Horse Reservoir are favorite options for channel, blue, white and flathead catfish. More...

Crappie Lakes

Lake Lahontan, Lake Mead, Lake Mohave and Weber Reservoir are some of the most popular for black and white crappie. More...

Sunfish & Panfish Lakes

Lake Lahontan, Lake Mead, Lake Mohave, Washoe Lake and Wild Horse Reservoir are popular spots to fish for bluegill, bream, perch and other sunfish. More...

Walleye Lakes

Lake Lahontan is considered the top lake for walleye fishing. More...

Trout Lakes

Lake Lahontan, Lake Mohave, Lake Tahoe and Wild Horse Reservoir are the favorite options for rainbow, cutthroat, brook and brown trout. More...

Striped Bass Lakes

Lake Mead, Lake Mohave and the Colorado River are the best options for striped bass and hybrid striped bass. More...

Salmon Lakes

Lake Tahoe is home to kokanee salmon fishing. More...

Visit the Nevada fishing page for links to information covering a wide variety of fish species and destinations in the state. Visit the Nevada map to identify your best route to these top fishing locations. Look to our sister site for additional information about boating in NV at many of the most popular destinations in the state.


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