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Fishing with Baitfish

Fishing Regulations Nevada Freshwater Fishing

The use of bait fish, whether dead or alive or the parts thereof, other than preserved salmon eggs, is prohibited in all waters except those listed below.

General Area

Specific Waters Where Bait fish May Be Used

* Species Approved For Use As Live Bait

Authorized Dealers and areas where licensed anglers may acquire live bait fish for personal use

Lahontan Redside (Shiner)

Speckled Dace

Tahoe Sucker

Mtn. Sucker



Tui Chub

Sacramento Blackfish

Paiute Sculpin

Fathead Minnow

Golden Shiner

Red Shiner

Threadfin Shad


Gizzard Shad

Carson River Basin

The Carson River from Quilici Dam (12 miles below Dayton) above Lahontan Reservoir downstream to and including Lahontan Res., the Carson River below Lahontan Dam and all of the waters within Lahontan Valley, Churchill County.

Fish used as live bait may be take only from the Carson or Truckee River Basins in Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Lyon, Storey or Washoe Counties or purchased only from a dealer who is licensed in this state and authorized to sell live bait fish for use in the Carson River Basin.
The Carson River from the boundary between California and Nevada to Quilici Dam

Fish used as live bait may be take only from the Carson River above Quilici Dam or purchased only from a dealer who is licensed in this state and authorized to sell live bait fish for use in the Carson River Basin.

Truckee River Basin

In the Truckee River Basin, which includes the Truckee River and its diversion ditches and tributaries from the California state line to, but excluding Pyramid Lake, and including Paradise Ponds, Virginia Lake, Washoe Lake and the Fernley Wildlife Management Area.

Fish used as live bait may be taken only from the Truckee River or its tributaries or be purchased from a dealer licensed in this state and authorized to sell live bait fish for use in the Truckee River Basin.

Humboldt River System in Humboldt, Pershing and Churchill Counties

The Humboldt River Basin from Stahl Diversion Dam (near Golconda, Humboldt County) to and including Rye Patch Reservoir, the Pitt-Taylor and Chimney Reservoirs, the Humboldt River below Rye Patch Dam and all waters of the Humboldt River in Lovelock Valley, Pershing and Churchill Counties

Fish used as live bait in this area may only be taken from the Humboldt River and its tributaries or purchased from a dealer who is licensed in this state and authorized to sell live bait fish for use in the Humboldt River Basin.

Lake Tahoe

The waters of Lake Tahoe and its tributaries located in Carson City, Douglas and Washoe Counties

Fish used here as live bait may be taken only from, and must be native to, Lake Tahoe and its tributaries.

Walker River System

The main Walker River from the bridge of the S.P. Railroad near Wabuska, downstream to and including Weber Reservoir and the lower Walker River down to and including Walker Lake

Fish used as live bait here may only be taken from the Walker River Basin in Lyon or Mineral Counties or purchased from a dealer who is licensed in this state and authorized to sell live bait fish for use in the Walker River Basin. The use of fish as bait, whether alive or dead, or parts thereof, is prohibited in the ponds and sloughs of the Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area and the Fort Churchill Cooling Ponds.

Colorado River System

Lake Mead, Lake Mohave and the Colorado River located in Clark County

Other forms of aquatic and animal life, such as the waterdog, grasshopper, earthworm and crayfish may also be used as bait.