Fishing in Great Basin National Park

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					                             The Snake Range includes recreational lands
administered by Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Great Basin National
Park, Bureau of Land Management, and private lands. This mountain range
includes Mt. Moriah in the north and Mount Wheeler in the south. The
streams in this range, located in eastern Nevada, are not widely known
for their fishing opportunities. Nonetheless, over 60 miles of perennial
streams and an alpine lake with fish provide a variety of fishing
experiences. The Snake Range is a rugged mountain range characterized by
steeper slopes on its western face and more moderate slopes on the east
side. Streams originate at high elevations and often disappear before
they reach the basins.The Snake Range offers a variety of angling
experiences from remote headwater streams to alpine lakes. Most coldwater
streams remain at or near their carrying capacity of trout and offer a
great opportunity to catch a variety of species throughout the year. So
the reality is that the best place to fish depends on the type of
experience each angler desires. Remember, fishing pressure tends to be
highest nearest the roads.A warm water fishery exists in Pruess Lake
(Garrison Reservoir), located two miles south of the town of Garrison,
Utah. A Utah fishing license is required to fish in this body of water
and can be obtained in Delta or Milford, Utah. Fish in Pruess Lake
include channel catfish, common carp, Sacramento perch, Utah chub, and
Utah sucker. Some winters are cold enough that the lake freezes over with
several inches of ice, providing an angling opportunity for ice
fishermen.Locations to FishStop at a park visitor center and obtain the
Snake Range Recreational Fishing brochure. This interagency map of the
north and south Snake Ranges also contains full color illustrations of
fish species.Lehman Creek - From Upper Lehman Creek Campground to the
park boundary. Brown, brook and rainbow trout.Baker Creek - From Baker
Creek trailhead through Grey Cliffs Group Campground. Brown, brook, and
rainbow trout.Snake Creek - From park boundary to pipe outlet (3 miles
in). Brown and brook trout. Snake Creek is more difficult to fish, but
offers good fishing in certain places below the pipeline, where brown
trout are established. To get to the water you must often slide down
steep banks or crash through thick vegetation. This is not only
difficult, but it often spooks fish. Above the pipeline, the newly
established population of Bonneville cutthroat trout is small and thus is
more difficult to fish.Strawberry Creek - Catch and release Bonneville
cutthroat trout. The population of Bonneville cutthroat trout in
Strawberry Creek is not large enough yet for high quality fishing, but
there are good numbers of trout in certain sections of the creek. Please
use catch and release techniques for this species since at this time they
are very limited in number.Baker Lake - Accessed by a 12 mile hike round
trip from Baker Creek trailhead. Baker Lake is at an elevation of
approximately 10,730 feet. The lake is approximately 4 surface acres at
its maximum and drops rapidly through the summer. Brook and Lahontan
cutthroat trout. Baker Lake is different from the streams in several
ways. It requires casting and careful fly selection and presentation. The
average trout in Baker Lake is larger than in the streams, but much more
selective. Often fish take both nymphs and dry flies. Locating the fish
visually and then casting to them was an effective way to catch fish at
Baker Lake. It is easy to spot the fish in the calm clear water but it is
also easy for the fish to spot you. Keep that in mind when approaching
the lake and you will increase your chances of catching fish.Shingle or
Williams Creeks - Accessed by four wheel-drive roads on west side of
park. Rainbow trout.On the streams using a fly rod like a cane pole,
attaching a short length of line from the rod tip with a fly on the end,
then dipping the fly into the water can be effective. The fish are so
aggressive that the strike should come within a few seconds. If there is
no strike and the pool looks like it should have held fish, it is likely
the fish was spooked and you should move on.In the streams, there was
rarely a fly that fish would not take. Dry flies, wet flies, and nymphs
all worked well, but small dark colored nymphs used just below the
surface appeared to have the most success.Avoid* Spooking fish so that
they hide. To avoid detection, approach trout from downstream, fish from
behind streamside vegetation, and make few sudden moves. Walk carefully
to avoid tumbling rocks and other things that cause noticeable vibrations
in the water.* Overestimating a trout's size. Use smaller lures, bait,
and hooks since the fish are usually less than 10 inches long.Please do
not move fish between creeks. Whirling disease is expanding into Utah and
northern Nevada, and we are trying to keep it out of the park. Thoroughly
wash all waders and other gear before entering a different creek.Fishing
RegulationsThis information is a summary of fishing regulations for all
land management agencies associated with the Snake Range. The official
fishing regulations for the State of Nevada are published by the Nevada
Department of Wildlife in Nevada Fishing Seasons and Regulations. Read it
before you go fishing! A copy of this booklet is available at all
registered license agents or by calling (775)-289-1655. Great Basin
National Park has additional fishing regulations, which are officially
published in Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations. A copy of the
Code of Federal Regulations may be found at most ranger stations and
visitor centers.Please report violators to the nearest ranger or call
(775) 234-7331. Wildlife violations outside Great Basin National Park can
be reported to Operation Game Thief at 1-800-992-3030.LicensePersons
possessing a valid Nevada state fishing license may fish all open Snake
Range waters. Licenses must be displayed on demand by authorized
personnel. Trout stamps are required for annual fishing licenses when
fishing on waters containing trout. A trout stamp is not required for
temporary fishing licenses. The Park does not sell state fishing
licenses, but they may be purchased in Baker and Ely and other towns in
Nevada.Nevada License RequirementsResidents and nonresidents age 12 and
older must have a valid Nevada fishing license. Residents age 65 and
older may be eligible for a discounted fishing license. Resident children
12 to 15 years of age may obtain a junior fishing license. Nonresident
persons under the age of 12 are entitled to a limit not to exceed 50% of
the established limit for that water.SeasonFishing is permitted year-
round in open waters. The Snake Range is most accessible after most of
the snow has melted, usually from June through September.TimeFishing is
allowed any time day or night.Daily Possession LimitsThe limit is 10
trout daily and in possession from streams and 5 trout daily and in
possession from lakes.Size LimitsThere is no size limit.Lures, Bait, and
EquipmentThe use of worms as bait is permitted, however it is unlawful to
dig or collect worms in the Park. The possession or use of fish as bait
along with amphibians or non-preserved fish eggs or roe and/or chumming
in the Park is prohibited.The use of flotation devices on streams is
prohibited. However, float tubes may be used on lakes in the Park, but
motors are prohibited. Fishing by other means other than hook and line
attached to rod or reel is prohibited. It is unlawful to transport any
fish from one body of water to another.The possession or use of fish as
bait, whether dead or alive, or any parts thereof, except for preserved
salmon eggs, is prohibited. Other aquatic bait (live, unprotected
amphibians; crustaceans, and mollusks) may be used only in the water from
which it is taken.Fish entrails are not to be returned to the water or
discarded on the banks. Please dispose of fish waste in trash
receptacles.Ice FishingHoles cut through the ice must not exceed 10
inches in diameter.SafetyStanding and wading in streams can drain body
heat and lead to hypothermia. Rising water levels resulting from sudden
mountain storms may occur, so monitor water level. Water currents are
swifter than they appear and footing is treacherous on wet and moss
covered rocks. Please use caution.Be a clean fishermanIf there's a tangle
of line, or an empty can at your feet, clean up after your fellow angler.
Please pack out all that you pack in. Leave your favorite fishing hole
cleaner than when you arrived.

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