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Let's Go Fishing in Reno and Sparks

Where to go Fishing with Kids Around Reno / Tahoe

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Fishing the Truckee River in Reno, Nevada

Fishing the Truckee River in Reno, Nevada.

Photo © Stan White

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 / Sparks 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.

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.

Other Places to Fish in Nevada

Even though Nevada is the driest of the United States, there are still plenty of lakes, streams, and reservoirs open to the public for sport fishing. NDOW has an alphabetical listing of Nevada fishing spots - click a name to learn more about that body of water and what species of fish might be waiting for you to catch.

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 Road, Reno, NV 89512. (775) 688-1500.

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, eastern, or southern - to find out where the fish are biting.

Source: Nevada Department of Wildlife.

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