The season is open January 1 through September 30, 1 hour before sunrise to 2 hours
after sunset, except for the area within the jetties of Topaz Marina, which is closed to fishing. Limit
is 5 trout, 10 mountain whitefish, and 15 warmwater game fish of which not more than 5 may be
black bass. Persons under 16 years of age are not required to have a fishing license. Those anglers,
16 years of age and older, must have a Nevada fishing license and a trout stamp, a Nevada short term
fishing permit, or a California fishing license. Two-rod stamps are valid in both states.
There are no restrictions to the size of boat or motor used. Anglers trolling
with 10 to 14-foot boats are prevalent and float tube fishing is becoming more common. Water
skiing and use of personal watercraft is a popular recreation when the weather begins to warm.
- Rainbow Trout
- Brown Trout
- Bowcutt Trout (Raindbow x Cutthroat)
- Largemouth Bass
- Bullhead Catfish
Camping is available around most of the Lake, however only
portions of the west shore in Nevada and California and the far south end of the lake in California
are private lands.
Advice and Tips
Bass fishing is best in late spring and summer.
Spinner baits, crank baits and a variety of rubber grubs and worms are productive for bass.
Shore and boat fishing both work well, however, boat trolling in the hot weather months is more productive.
Worms, Power Bait and lures are good for trout from shore or
still fishing from a boat. Trolling lures, flies and flashers with bait will catch fish.
We're always looking for advice on fishing Topaz Lake, so please feel free to send us an email and let us know how what works:
FROM CARSON CITY Travel south on Highway 395 for approximately 40 miles.
Turn east on Topaz Lake Park Rd.
to reach the Douglas County Park at the far east end of the reservoir or turn east on Kit
Carson Ave. (just past Topaz Lodge and Casino) and follow the road to Topaz Marina. Shore
access is available along Topaz Lake Park Rd., within Douglas County Park, and farther south
on Highway 395 in California.