Fishing Regulations

Area Introduction
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.

Fishing Regulations
This 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.

Persons 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 Requirements
Residents 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.

Fishing 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.

Fishing is allowed any time day or night.

Daily Possession Limits
The limit is 10 trout daily and in possession from streams and 5 trout daily and in possession from lakes.

Size Limits
There is no size limit.

Lures, Bait, and Equipment
The 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 Fishing
Holes cut through the ice must not exceed 10 inches in diameter.

Standing 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 fisherman
If 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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Great Basin National Park
100 Great Basin National Park

Baker, NV 89311


(775) 234-7331
Park Headquarters Superintendent

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