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Eastern Region Regulations

Fishing Regulations Nevada Freshwater Fishing

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 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 on northern pike 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. See Fishing with Bait Fish for more regulations on the use of bait fish.

All Regulations are applicable to CR 18-01, Amendment #1 and #2

Area

Season and hours of operation

Limit

ELKO COUNTY (Continued)

EasterN Region Special Regulations

Area

Season and hours of operation

Limit

ELKO COUNTY

Angel Lake and inlet and outer streams

Year round; any hour of the day or night

5 trout

Bruneau River and tributary streams

Year round; any hour of the day or night

10 trout and 10 mountain whitefish

Dry Creek Reservoir

Year round; any hour of the day or night

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

Year round; any hour of the day or night

5 trout and 10 mountain whitefish, except the possession of bull trout is prohibited.

Special Regulations: All captured bull trout must be releaed immediately. Please report the capture of bull trout to NDOW Eastern Region Office.

Marys River and tributary streams

Year round; any hour of the day or night

5 trout

Ruby Mountains and East Humboldt Range High Lakes (except for Angel Lake)

Year round; any hour of the day or night

10 trout

Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Year round in all areas except as posted. Refuge is open 2 hours before sunrise to 2 hours after sunset.

From Jan 1 – June 14: limit is 3 trout and 5 black bass.

From June 15 – Dec 31: limit is 3 trout and 10 black bass. *Minimum size for black bass is 10 inches total length.

Special Regulations: The areas of the Collection Ditch that are open to fishing may be fished wth 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. See boating regulations.

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

Year round; any hour of the day or night. Exception: March 1 – June 30, catch and release fishing only for black bass.

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

Year round; any hour of the day or night

1 trout

Special Regulations: Only artifcial 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

Year round; any hour of the day or night. Exception: March 1 – June 30, catch and release fishing only for black bass.

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

Year round; any hour of the day or night

5 trout and 15 warmwater game fish of which no 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

Year round; any hour of the day or night

5 trout and 10 mountain whitefish and 10 black bass. *Minimum size for black bass is 10 inches total length.

EUREKA COUNTY

Tonkin Springs Reservoir

Year round; any hour of the day or night

5 trout

Special Regulations: Artificial lures only. Stream above reservoir is closed to fishing.

LANDER COUNTY

Groves Lake, Kingston Creek and Big Creek

Year round; any hour of the day or night

5 trout

Special Regulations: Only boats without motors and boats with electric motors are permitted.

Smith Creek Reservoir

April 1 – Nov. 15, any hour of the day or night.

1 trout

Special Regulations: Only artificial lures with single barbless hooks may be used. 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

Year round; 1 hour before sunrise to 2 hours after sunset.

5 trout and 5 black bass. *Minimum size for black bass is 10 inches total length. *No limit on yellow perch (unlimited possession).

WHITE PINE COUNTY

Cave Lake, Steptoe Creek and Cave Creek

Year round; any hour of the day or night.

5 trout

Special Regulations: 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

Year round; any hour of the day or night.

5 trout and 5 black bass; *Minimum size for black bass is 10 inches total length.

Comins Lake

Year round; any hour of the day or night.

5 trout and 5 black bass

Illipah Reservoir and Creek

Year round; any hour of the day or night.

5 trout

Special Regulations: Flat wake restrictions for boats.

Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Elko and White Pine Counties

Year round in all areas except as posted. Refuge is open 2 hours before sunrise to 2 hours after sunset.

From Jan. 1 through June 14: limit is 3 trout and 5 black bass. From June 15 through Dec. 31: limit is 3 trout and 10 black bass. *Minimum size for black bass is 10 inches total length.

Special Regulations: Those areas of the Collection Ditch that are open to fishing may be fished wth 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. See boating regulations.

Snake Mountain High Lakes

Year round; any hour of the day or night.

10 trout

Tailings Creek, Cleve Creek, Silver Creek and White River

Year round; any hour of the day or night.

5 trout