Opportunities abound for fishing with your family around the Reno / Tahoe area. We have a variety of urban fishing holes suitable for everyone as well as more challenging angling waters in lakes and streams throughout northern Nevada and the Lake Tahoe region. Grab your fishing equipment, load up the kids, and head out for a day of fishing our local waters. Fishing is regulated by the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), with just about everything you need to know at Fishing in Nevada.
Family Fishing in the Reno Area
The Truckee Meadows and immediate vicinity have several small lakes and ponds suitable for fishing with kids. Remember, everyone wetting a line must have a valid fishing license if they are over 12 years old. The exception is Free Fishing Day held every year in late spring.
- Virginia Lake in Virginia Lake Park, Reno.
- Paradise Ponds, Teglia's Paradise Park, Reno.
- Rancho San Rafael Park Pond, Reno.
- Sparks Marina Park Lake in Sparks.
- Marilyn's Pond at Galena Creek Regional Park, south of Reno off the Mt. Rose Highway.
- Davis Creek Pond, Davis Creek Regional Park in Washoe Valley.
- Wilson Common Pond, a mile south of Bower's Mansion Regional Park off Old Washoe Valley Road.
Of course, don't forget the Truckee River. There are numerous spots for fishing access along its course through Reno and Sparks. The river is not, however, nearly as suitable for fishing with kids as the bodies of water mentioned above.
Free NDOW Fishing Classes
NDOW offers free fishing classes for anglers and wannabes of all ages. All classes require preregistration and are subject to change or cancellation depending on weather conditions. You must have a valid Nevada fishing license. Visit the NDOW website for information and details about classes in northern Nevada. The info phone number is (775) 688-1559. There are classes in other parts of Nevada as well.
About Nevada Fishing Licenses
An annual Nevada fishing license for those 16 and older is $29. Trout stamps are an additional $10. A junior fishing license (ages 12 through 15) is $13. One-day, short term licenses are $9 and $3 per additional day. Seniors 65 and older, with five years of continuous Nevada residency, are $13. There are numerous other options and a separate fee structure for non-residents. Complete NDOW fishing license information is available online. Here are some additional links to license information and regulations...
You can also get fishing licenses at the NDOW Western Regional Office, 1100 Valley Rd., Reno, NV 89512. (775) 688-1511/1517.
Nevada Fishing Reports
The NDOW Nevada Fishing Report has the latest information on angling action in the Silver State. Click on the region of interest - western, easter, or southern - to find out where the fish are biting.
Source: Nevada Department of Wildlife.