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Guide to fishing for channel catfish, white crappie, white bass and hybrid striped bass at Washoe Lake in Nevada.

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Washoe Lake is a scenic freshwater lake located in the western part of the state of Nevada, close to Carson City and Reno. The lake is divided into two sections: North Washoe Lake and South Washoe Lake, with the smaller North Washoe Lake designated as a wildlife management area.

Fishing at Washoe Lake offers a pleasant experience for anglers seeking a variety of fish species. Channel catfish are one of the most popular catches here, known for their feisty fights and delicious flesh. White crappie, white bass, and hybrid stripers are also present in the lake and add to the diversity of fishing opportunities.

As with any fishing location, anglers should be aware of local fishing regulations and obtain any necessary permits or licenses before fishing at Washoe Lake. By following the rules and practicing responsible fishing practices, visitors can help preserve the lake's natural resources and ensure its beauty and abundance are enjoyed by future generations.

With a maximum depth of twelve feet, Washoe Lake is managed as a warm-water fishery. When full, the lake has 5,800 surface acres and about 20 miles of shoreline. Visit this gem in the west central part of the state, 5 miles north of Carson City, Nevada, and enjoy the great outdoors and water-sport activities. Anglers pursue catfish, crappie, white bass and hybrid stripers by fishing from the bank or from all types of fishing boats. Washoe Lake State Park has a public boat ramp, picnic areas, campsites, and restrooms. Water levels can fluctuate significantly from season to season.

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Primary fish species residing in Washoe Lake

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Channel catfish White crappie White Bass Hybrid Striped Bass

Washoe Lake Amenities

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

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The lake's accessibility and relatively calm waters make it ideal for both boating and fishing. Anglers can take their boats out on the lake to explore different fishing spots and increase their chances of landing a prized catch. Kayaking and paddleboarding are also popular ways to enjoy the tranquil beauty of Washoe Lake.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Washoe Lake State Park North Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off County Road 233, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Washoe Lake State Park South Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off Eastlake Blvd, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

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For those who prefer to camp, camping facilities are available near the lake, providing a serene setting for outdoor enthusiasts to unwind and enjoy nature. Camping at Washoe Lake State Park offers scenic views of the water and the surrounding mountains, along with easy access to fishing spots.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Washoe Lake State Park Campground - 775 687-4319

Washoe Lake NV Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Washoe Lake
Washoe Lake State Park
4855 Eastlake Blvd
New Washoe City, NV 89704
775 687-4319


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