Fishing Hunter Creek
Nevada Freshwater Fishing
As the mid-morning sun crests over the timbered ridge to the east, sunlight fills the canyon bottom. A small stream tumbles along a series of boulders and eventually fans out into a pool that is narrow enough to jump across but sheltered on both banks by willows. An angler gently creeps into position on the upstream side of the pool and without disturbing what is surely waiting in the depths, delicately casts his lure into the shadows. Not more than a second goes by when the serenity of the moment is broken by a violent splash and the tell-tale bend in the rod that comes with success. A short but rewarding fight ensues and within a moment the angler is looking down upon a wild brook trout in his net. The orange spots glisten in the sun while the angler quickly works the hook free from the corner of the trout’s mouth. A second is taken to admire this wild creature and then the angler gently nudges the fish toward the current and with a subtle slap of its tail it disappears back to where it came from. The mountain canyon is again calm.
Sounds like something that might take place in a remote wilderness a plane ride away and several miles off the beaten path, doesn’t it? Well what if someone told you that scene is played out, over and over again, on a number of streams that are within a 10 minute drive of Reno and Sparks (or even closer for that matter)? You wouldn’t believe it would you? Believe it.
A tightly kept secret in the greater Truckee Meadows area is the phenomenal stream fishing that is accessible to all yet almost untouched. Coming off of the eastern slope of the Carson Range are a total of 4 streams that are nothing short of a small water anglers dream. These streams, that are home to rainbow trout, brook trout, and the occasional brown or Lahontan cutthroat trout, all have maintained public access that allows for anglers to freely roam and explore these public lands.
Closest to the downtown Reno area is Hunter Creek. This stream has a main access point that is within 3 minutes of the Truckee River and Mayberry Park and has a maintained hiking trail from the access point off of Woodchuck Circle to the top of the Carson Range some 4 miles up the canyon. Wild rainbow trout can be found in good numbers and size near the bottom of the creek while higher up brook trout can be expected. The size of the fish in all of these streams is typically small but the number and constant action will make for a great day, regardless.
Located off of the Mt. Rose highway on the southern end of the Truckee Meadows is a trio of streams that individually offer enough opportunity and action to keep even beginner anglers busy for the better part of a day. Thomas Creek and Whites Creek can both be accessed off of N. Timberline Drive and have Forest Service trailheads and parking areas on each. Wild brook trout as well as rainbow trout that are stocked once a year can be found in these streams with some of the best fishing holes being located near the bridges and trails not more than 40 yards from the parking area. Galena Creek offers up wild rainbow, brook, and possibly brown trout fishing all within the immediate vicinity of the Galena Creek Park (Washoe County). Access is allowed though the park and the stream itself is the very definition of a high mountain stream, being characterized by cold water, large granite boulders, and hungry fish.
The only thing required to get out and enjoy these angling gems in your backyard is a rod, your favorite lure/bait/fly, and your Nevada fishing license! The most challenging part of fishing any of these streams may be deciding which one to try first.