Director’s Message

Fishing Regulations Nevada Freshwater Fishing

Dear Outdoor Enthusiasts,

Last year when I was writing the Director’s Message for the 2018 Fishing Guide, I focused on the Department’s, at that time, recently completed license simplification effort and new licensing system. As I sit down to write the 2019 Fishing Guide Director’s Message, NDOW’s new license system is closing in on one year since implementation.

The biggest license changes for Nevada anglers are probably the license valid period, the lack of required stamps, and mobile friendliness of the purchasing system. Still unbeknownst to many of our customers, both hunting and fishing licenses are now valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. When opportunities for late fall and winter fishing trips cause customers to ponder the value of purchasing a license relative to duration of license validity, one can relax in the knowledge that your licenses will be valid for 365 days from the date of purchase.

Trout stamps, second rod stamps, or other previously state-required stamps are now all included in the purchase of licenses and no longer exist.

Anywhere you can get a cell signal or a Wi-Fi signal you can use your cell phone, tablet or other mobile device to Get Online and Get Outside through Nevada’s new licensing system (www.ndowlicensing.com).

Just as I do every year, as you read this year’s Fishing Guide I want to encourage you to explore all Nevada has to offer. Although Nevada is frequently referenced as the driest state in the country, I want everyone to know that Nevada is home to over 200 lakes and reservoirs and more than 600 streams and rivers that combine to provide nearly 400,000 surface acres of sport fishing.

From the high alpine lakes in Elko’s Ruby Mountains to the desert lakes like Lake Mead near Las Vegas, Nevada offers a variety of opportunities. The majority of Nevada’s fishable still waters consist of man-made reservoirs that vary in size from one acre to the 115-mile-long Lake Mead. A good portion of beautiful Lake Tahoe is also within Nevada. Most of Nevada’s reservoirs can be reached by road but many of the 600 streams that crisscross the state can only be reached hiking trails.

This publication is meant as a reference for any questions you might have regarding fishing the Silver State. If you can’t find something in this magazine, check us out on our website at ndow.org or contact any of our offices. We are here to make sure you enjoy Nevada’s outdoors.


Tony Wasley

Director, Nevada Department of Wildlife

NDOW Director Tony Wasley with a Brook Trout he caught near Galena Creek.