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Eastern Region Regulations

Fishing Regulations Nevada Freshwater Fishing

Eastern Region Fishable Waters

Body of Water

County/Location

Species

Angel Lake Elko Co./East Humboldt rb, bk, tt
Barth Pit Eureka Co./Humboldt River Valley smb, lmb, bg, cc, rb
Bassett Lake/Tailings Creek White Pine Co./Steptoe Valley rb, lmb
Big Creek Lander Co./Toiyabe Range rb, bn, bk
Bruneau River Elko Co./Snake River System rb, w
Carlin Pond Elko Co./Humboldt River Valley rb
Cave Lake/Steptoe Creek White Pine Co./Schell Creek Range rb, bn
Cleve Creek White Pine Co./Schell Creek Range rb, bn
Cold Creek Reservoir White Pine Co./Newark Valley rb, lmb
Comins Lake White Pine Co./Steptoe Valley rb, bn, lmb
Dorsey Reservoir Elko Co./NF Humboldt River rb
Dry Creek Reservoir Elko Co./Bull Run Creek rb, smb, lmb
Groves Lake/Kingston Creek Lander Co./Toiyabe Range rb, bn
Humboldt River Elko Co. cc, lmb, smb, bn, bb, bg
Humboldt River, NF Elko Co./Independence Mountains bk, ct
Humboldt River Eureka Co. rb, lmb, smb, cc, bb
Humboldt River Lander Co. lmb, cc
Illipah Reservoir White Pine Co./White Pine Range rb, bn
Jakes Creek Reservoir Elko Co./Salmon Falls River Drainage rb, lmb, cc
Jiggs Reservoir Elko Co./Jiggs rb, lmb, bg
Lamoille Creek Elko Co./Ruby Mtns. rb, bk, tt
Owyhee River, East Fork Elko Co./Wildhorse Range rb, bn, w, smb
Ruby Lake NWR Elko Co./Ruby Valley rb, bk, bn, lmb, tt
Salmon Falls River Elko Co./O’Neil Basin rb, bn, w
South Fork Humboldt River Elko Co./Ruby Mtns. ct, rb, bn, bk, bc, smb, cc, w
South Fork Reservoir Elko Co./SF Humboldt River rb, bn, smb, lmb, cc, bc, wi
Tabor Creek Elko Co./Snake Mtns. rb, bk, tt
West Fork Jarbidge River Elko Co./Jarbidge Mtns. rb, bt, w
White River White Pine Co./White Pine Range rb, bn, bk
Wildhorse Reservoir Elko Co./EF Owyhee River rb, bn, smb, yp, cc, bc, lmb, wi, tt
Willow Creek Reservoir Elko Co./Tuscarora Mtns. lmb, cr, cc, ct
Willow Creek Pond Lander Co./Battle Mountain rb, bn, lmb
Wilson Sink Reservoir Elko Co./Independence Mtns. rb, lmb

Species Abbreviations

bbbullhead catfish

bcrainbowXcutthroat hybrid

bgbluegill sunfish

bkbrook trout

bnbrown trout

btbull trout

ccchannel catfish

crcrappie

ctcutthroat trout

lmblargemouth bass

rbrainbow trout

smbsmallmouth bass

tttiger trout

wwhitefish

wiwiper

ypyellow perch

The Eastern Region includes the four counties of northeastern Nevada: Elko, Eureka, Lander and White Pine. Popular fishing waters include Wildhorse, Wilson, Willow Creek, Jakes Creek, Illipah and South Fork reservoirs, Groves Lake, Bassett Lake, Cave Lake, Ruby Lake, other high mountain lakes and several streams located throughout the area. The Eastern Region NDOW Office is located at 60 Youth Center Road, Elko, NV 89801, (775) 777-2300.

Important Note: Within the Eastern Region the following general fishing seasons, hours, limits, and regulations apply to all waters EXCEPT those listed under “Eastern Region Special Regulations”. If the water in which you intend to fish is not listed under the Eastern Region’s Special Regulations, then the General Regulations shall apply.

All game fish must be dead before being transported away from the body of water where caught.

Eastern Region General Regulations:

Open year around, any hour of the day or night.

Eastern Region Limits

Except as noted under “Special Regulations,” the limits are as follows:

Streams and Rivers

Elko County: The limit is 10 trout, 10 mountain whitefish, and 15 warmwater game fish of which not more than 10 may be black bass. No limit on northern pike or yellow perch (unlimited possession). No bull trout are allowed in possession.

Eureka, Lander and White Pine Counties: The limit is 10 trout and 15 warmwater game fish of which not more than 10 may be black bass. No limit or yellow perch (unlimited possession).

Lakes and Reservoirs

Elko, Eureka, Lander and White Pine Counties: The limit is 5 trout, and 15 warmwater game fish of which not more than 10 may be black bass. No limit on yellow perch (unlimited possession).

Bait Regulations

While fishing in this region, the possession or use of fish as bait, whether dead or alive or any parts thereof except for preserved salmon eggs, is prohibited. Other aquatic bait may be used only in the water from which it is taken.

Eastern Region Closed Waters

The following waters are closed to all fishing:

Elko County

In Ruby Valley, fishing is prohibited in Gallagher Hatchery rearing, brood and spring ponds; in Cave Creek west of the county road; and on Franklin Lake Wildlife Management Area.

Eureka County

Tonkin Springs Creek (Denay Creek) from origin to its confluence with Tonkin Springs Reservoir.

White Pine County

Cold Creek Springs (Spring Pond) and creek above Cold Creek Reservoir in the Diamond Range of White Pine County.

Artificial Lure Waters

Eastern Region Special Regulations

Elko County

Angel Lake and inlet and outlet streams: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limit is 5 trout.

Bruneau River and tributary streams: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limits are 10 trout and 10 mountain whitefish.

Dry Creek Reservoir: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limits are 5 trout and 15 warmwater game fish of which no more than 10 may be black bass.

Jarbidge River, West Fork and East Fork and its tributary streams: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limit is 5 trout and 10 mountain whitefish, except the possession of bull trout is prohibited. All captured bull trout must be released immediately. Please report the capture of bull trout to NDOW Eastern Region Office.

Marys River and tributary streams: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limit is 5 trout.

Ruby Mountains and East Humboldt Range High Lakes (except for Angel Lake): Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limit is 10 trout.

Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge: Season is open year around in all areas except as posted. Refuge is open 2 hours before sunrise to 2 hours after sunset. From Jan. 1 through June 14 the limit is 3 trout and 5 black bass. Minimum size for black bass is 10 inches. From June 15 through Dec. 31 the limit is 3 trout and 10 black bass. Minimum size for black bass is 10 inches. Those areas of the Collection Ditch that are open to fishing may be fished with artificial lures only. Chumming is prohibited. It is unlaw­ful to clean or fillet fish within the boundaries of the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The possession or use of live or dead bait fish (including crayfish and amphibians) is prohibited anywhere on the refuge. For boating regulations contact the Ref­uge Manager. The Gallagher Hatchery rearing, brood and spring ponds, and Cave Creek on the west side of the County Road are closed to fishing.

South Fork Reservoir and the South Fork of the Humboldt River from the Lucky Nugget Subdivision causeway downstream to its confluence with the Humboldt River: Season is open year around any hour of the day or night. Exception: March 1 through June 30, catch and release fishing only for black bass. Limits are: 5 trout, 1 black bass, 1 white bass hybrid (wiper) and 5 channel catfish. Minimum size for black bass and white bass hybrids is 15 inches total length.

South Fork of the Humboldt River from the Lucky Nugget Subdivision causeway upstream to Lee: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limit is 1 trout. Only artificial lures with single barbless hooks may be used.

Wildhorse Reservoir and all inlet and outlet streams including Penrod Creek up to the bridge below the Gold Creek Ranger Station: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Exception: March 1 through June 30, catch and release fishing only for black bass. Limits are 5 trout, 1 black bass, 1 white bass hybrid (wiper) and 5 channel catfish. Minimum size for black bass and white bass hybrids is 15 inches total length. No limit on yellow perch (unlimited possession).

Willow Creek Reservoir: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limit is 5 trout and 15 warmwater game fish of which not more than 10 may be black bass and 5 may be channel catfish. Minimum size for black bass is 10 inches total length.

Wilson Sink Reservoir and its outlet and inlet stream up to State Route 11: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limit is 5 trout, 10 mountain whitefish and 10 black bass. Minimum size for black bass is 10 inches total length.

Eureka County

Tonkin Springs Reservoir: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limit is 5 trout. Artificial lures only. Stream above reservoir is closed to fishing.

Lander County

Groves Lake, Kingston Creek and Big Creek: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limit is 5 trout. Only boats without motors and boats with electric motors are permitted.

Smith Creek Reservoir: Season is open April 1 through Nov. 15, any hour of the day or night. Limit is 1 trout. Only artificial lures with single barbless hooks may be used. NOTE: Please respect “No Trespassing” signs as posted (from the inlet of Smith Creek along the north shore, including the dam) by the private land owner.

Willow Creek Pond and Reservoir including inlet and outlet streams: Season is open year around, 1 hour before sunrise to 2 hours after sunset. Limit is 5 trout and 5 black bass. Minimum size for black bass is 10 inches. No limit on yellow perch (unlimited possession).

White Pine County

Cave Lake, Steptoe Creek and Cave Creek: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limit is 5 trout. On Cave Lake, boats must be operated at a speed which leaves a flat wake and in no case exceeds 5 nautical miles per hour.

Cold Creek Reservoir: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limits are 5 trout and 5 black bass. Minimum size for black bass is 10 inches.

Comins Lake: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limit is 5 trout and 5 black bass.

Illipah Reservoir and Creek: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limit is 5 trout. Flat wake restrictions for boats.

Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Elko and White Pine Counties: Season is open year around in all areas except as posted. Refuge is open 2 hours before sunrise to 2 hours after sunset. From Jan. 1 through June 14 the limit is 3 trout and 5 black bass. Minimum size for black bass is 10 inches. From June 15 through Dec. 31 the limit is 3 trout and 10 black bass. Minimum size for black bass is 10 inches. Those areas of the Collection Ditch that are open to fishing may be fished with artificial lures only. Chumming is prohibited. It is unlaw­ful to clean or fillet fish within the boundaries of the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The possession or use of live or dead bait fish (including crayfish and amphibians) is prohibited anywhere on the refuge. For boating regulations contact the Ref­uge Manager. The Gallagher Hatchery rearing, brood and spring ponds, and Cave Creek on the west side of the County Road are closed to fishing.

Snake Mountain High Lakes: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limit is 10 trout.

Tailings Creek, Cleve Creek, Silver Creek and White River: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limit is 5 trout.

Health Advisory

The Nevada State Health Division has issued health advisories that recommend limiting consumption of fish species from seven Northern Nevada waters, due to elevated methylmercury levels.

In the Eastern Region, the health advisory recommends no consumption of largemouth bass or northern pike from Comins Lake. For more information, go to ndow.org.