Travel 35 miles east from Reno on Interstate 80, turning off at Fernley onto Highway 50 for 20 miles to the turnoff to Lahontan Reservoir (south). Another 8 miles will get you to the north entrance to the State Park.
Lahontan Reservoir is situated in west central Nevada, approximately 50 miles southeast of the Reno/Sparks area. It is part of the Newlands Irrigation Project that stores water from the Carson River and Truckee River (via a canal) to be used to irrigate the arid Fallon area. The quality of the fishing depends on water levels, which depend on snow pack in the nearby Sierra Range.
At maximum storage, Lahontan Reservoir contains 320,000 acre feet of water with a maximum depth of 85 feet in the lower basin near the dam. There are approximately 10,600 surface acres and nearly 65 miles of shoreline to fish. The length of the reservoir is slightly more than 17 miles with a maximum width of 2.5 miles. The reservoir contains sandy beaches and rock outcroppings, flooded woody debris, a flooded river channel and various islands made out of rock and sand. Water quality is considered good, with the exception of the constant turbidity and dense algae blooms of late summer. The reservoir is a very popular recreation location for boaters, skiers and personal watercraft users, which at times limits the quality angling opportunity.
The primary game fish species include wipers (white bass x striper hybrid), white bass, walleye, channel catfish, bullhead, largemouth bass, spotted bass, and crappie. The best fishing occurs from April through July and October.
Lahontan is a Nevada State Park. Fees are charged to enter the park. Camping, restrooms, showers, picnic tables, and boat launching facilities are available. The town of Silver Springs is only a few miles from the reservoir with gasoline and groceries available.
Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night, except for the spillway pool, which is closed to fishing. The limit is 5 trout, 15 warmwater game fish, of which not more than 5 may be walleye and 5 may be largemouth bass.
Dense algae blooms of late summer.
Rock outcroppings, flooded woody debris, river channel and various islands made out of rock and sand.
Walleye are captured in the spring with normal walleye gear: jigs, worms trolled in a worm harness behind flashers, and live minnows. Wipers are captured with plugs and live minnows. White bass are caught on spinners (Mepps) and using live minnows. Channel catfish are caught with dead minnows, worms, prawns, liver and worms fished off the bottom.