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RV-friendly Fishing Spots

rv-friendly fishing spots

Anglers don’t need to get off the beaten path to find great spots to fish in northern Nevada

Interstate 80 offers anglers the full Nevada experience. Ride along with us across the state from the California line east to the Utah border as we uncover some of the best fishing in the west, right off the interstate. As we head across Nevada, we’ll share all the must-have information on the best fishable waters, as well as where to park your RV. Whether you’ve got a tent, trailer, or second home on wheels, there are plenty of fishing options to choose from. Hopefully this inspires your own adventure with whatever you may have available.

Truckee River

At the far western side of Nevada, we start our adventure on the Truckee River. The Truckee is known for its clear, cold water and hard-pulling wild rainbows, trophy brown, and hatchery-raised Lahontan cutthroat trout.

As unique as the state it runs through, the Truckee offers year-round fishing opportunities from the California state line downstream to Derby Dam. Where the Truckee crosses into Nevada near the state line, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service stocks Lahontan cutthroat at many of the easy to reach access points from spring to fall. Bait and spin fisherman looking for numbers often target the city parks from Reno upstream to the California state line, while the trophy hunters head east into the special regulations section below Reno. East of town, the Lockwood trailhead loop offers exceptional access to many different types of water. Shallow pockets, riffles, deep pools, and long runs easily accommodate all angling methods.

As far as places to stay, the Reno KOA Journey at Boomtown located near Verdi makes for a great stop. The RV resort rests on a bluff just above the Truckee River behind Boomtown Casino Hotel, conveniently located near Cabela’s. The resort offers more amenities than typical campsites: all the basics plus cable TV, seasonal pool and hot tub, Wi-Fi, laundry facility, and dog park. RVs must adhere to a 55-foot max length, and reservations are highly recommended.

Lahontan State Recreation Area

An hour east of Reno, just south of Fallon, Lahontan State Recreation Area can provide bass anglers with the time of their lives. Summer heat brings the white bass at Lahontan into the sandy beaches eager to eat any bright fly or lure they can fit in their mouths.

Lahontan is a warmwater anglers paradise, located 10 miles south of Interstate 80 and Fernley on U.S. 95 Alternate. There are two main access points for the lake: the first can be found at the southwest end of the lake outside of Silver Springs, while the second is at the northeast end of the lake on the Churchill County side near the city of Fallon. Hybrid wiper bass weighing nearly 20 pounds and white bass by the hundreds make this a Nevada hotspot. From spring to fall, chartreuse spoons, spinners, and flies all have their moments, but when fishing is truly on, just about any bright-colored lure will work. In addition to the plentiful white bass, walleye, catfish, and carp are all targeted with bait, lures, and flies during the warmest months. Just remember that summer also attracts the boating crowds so it’s good to be aware of possible peak weekend and holiday crowds.

You can be sure that you’ll always have a room with a view at Lahontan. Camping is allowed on any of the beaches around the lake with exception of the day use areas. Be sure to use caution when driving and pulling trailers on the sand at Lahontan; it can swallow even the best vehicles. Seasonal flush restrooms and improved campsites can be found at either access area, while the Silver Springs side offers far more amenities. Seasonal showers, Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant campsites, an RV dump, and additional improved camp sites are all open on the Silver Springs side from May to October. Boats can be launched from the beaches or at one of the two improved boat launches. Permits are required for day use, camping, and boating at Lahontan.

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South Fork State Recreation Area

Heading east to South Fork State Recreation Area, anglers have a shot at trophy bass and trout in the same reservoir. Spring to fall provides boat and shore anglers with excellent opportunities while the coldest months can offer great days through the ice.

Outstanding views of the Ruby Mountains and a shot at trophy trout and monster bass make this one of Nevada’s best. South Fork State Recreation Area offers excellent fishing from spring to fall from shore. It has also become a favorite for ice fishing when conditions allow. The reservoir is quickly proving to be one of the Nevada’s most productive due to its abundant food sources. Rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, and the occasional hybrid wiper have plenty to eat and often show up in huge numbers. Spring and fall are the best times to target the trout, while the bass and catfish are more active during the summer heat. When vegetation takes over some of the shallows, small boats or float tubes are nice to have but not entirely critical. The reservoir itself is just east of the town of Spring Creek making it popular over summer holidays and weekends.

The state park campground offers more than two dozen improved campsites open year-round with showers. Hook ups are also available, and an RV dump is available on site. The improved campsites are first-come first-served, but open camping can be found along the southwest shore. There are two boat launches at the lake but only one will accommodate boats larger than fifteen feet. Permits are required for day use, camping, and boating at South Fork.

Angel Lake

Finally, as we head towards the Utah state line near Wells, anglers can find a special treat perched high above the valleys below. Angel Lake is clear, cold, and has a paved road all the way up to the 8,378-foot elevation resting place.

Few places in Nevada rival the beauty of this lake. Nestled among sheer granite cliffs, Angel Lake is one of the few places above 8,000 feet that offers a seasonal paved road right to the shore. Rainbow trout at Angel Lake typically max out at about 12 inches. If you make it there, you’ll quickly discover that what they lack in size, they make up for in numbers and beauty.

There are two campgrounds open near the lake, Angel Lake campground is right at the lake, Angel Creek campground just below it. Between the two campgrounds they have 44 improved campsites that are reservable from June through August. Angel’s campgrounds are limited to a 40-foot trailer length, and there is no trash service so you must pack out what you pack in. All the campsites can be reserved at the website listed above and include picnic tables and fire rings, just remember that the road to the lake is closed during the winter, so check before you go.

For more Information

Reno KOA Journey at Boomtown, 775-345-2444

Lahontan State Recreation Area, 775-867-3001

South Fork State Recreation Area, 775-728-8100

Angel Lake