Fishing Regulations in Nevada

Last Updated: 26.05.20

Nevada offers great and unexpected fishing destinations as it has more than 600 streams and rivers and over 200 lakes (perfect for using your fishing canoe). We’ve made a short description of basic fishing regulations in this state so you can grab your gear and go.



You need a fishing license in Nevada, and the Department of Wildlife provides annual licenses and short-term permits.

You can find junior fishing licenses for persons that are 12 years or older (up to 15) as well as a senior license type.

Trout stamps, second-rod stamps, special permits and combined hunting and fishing licenses are also available. One interesting option is the group fishing permit that is valid for one day.


Statewide regulations

There are significant differences in regulation compared to other states. The most important one concerns daily limit, or ‘bag,’ and possession limit. In the state of Nevada, there is no distinction between these two. Once you’ve reached the daily limit for a species, you can’t have more than that in your possession.

Another important distinction is that statewide regulations have no instructions as to the limit size. As long as there are no special regulations, any size is legal. There is no close season either if the special rules do not institute one.

Using a second rod, hook, and line is a privilege and you need to get a second rod stamp if you want to enjoy it.

Anglers that are passionate about trout fishing need to get a trout stamp glued to their license.

Spearfishing is allowed with some exceptions that concern areas and fish species. Lake Tahoe and Lake Topaz are notable exceptions. Bowfishing is also allowed, and regulations for people that use bows and spears are valid for them, too.

Chumming is prohibited in some of the lakes, but there is no reason not to use the method in other areas. Lake Tahoe, Topaz, Spooner, and the Ruby Lake Wildlife Refuge are places you cannot use chumming.

Baits and lures are well regulated, and you should find out all there is about artificial lures and species that you can harvest and use as bait.


Regional regulations

The state of Nevada is divided into three major regions that are suggestively called Eastern, Southern and Western regions.

Trout fishing limit in the Eastern region is 10 when you’re on running waters and five on lakes and reservoirs. For black bass, the limit is ten fish in all counties.

There are about seven spring and creek regions that are closed for fishing in the Eastern Region. You need to pay attention to a large number of special regulations in Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

The Southern region has similar harvest limits when it comes to trout and black bass. You can take ten trout and 15 warm-water game fish, but only 10 of these can be black bass.

Some of the lowest daily limits are established by regulations of the Carpenter Creek (2 trout), Cold Creek Pond and Cold Creek (3 game fish), and Beatty Urban Pond (also 3 game fish).

In the Southern region, two wildlife management areas have open season dates, and trespass restrictions and these are Nesbit Lake and Kirch area. Several waters are closed for fishing in the counties of this region.

The Western region includes some of the most popular fishing spots, like Lake Tahoe, Topaz Lake, Carson and Walker Rivers. Daily limits in western counties are as follows.

The trout limit is 5, mountain whitefish limit is ten fish, and warm-water game fish is 15 in all the counties. Within these limits, only 5 black bass fish can be collected as warm-water game fish. Included in the same limit anglers can take 5 walleye fish in Churchill County, Lyon County, Humboldt County and Pershing County.




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