Fishing

Rushing stream through trees
Baker Creek is one option for fishing in the park.

Kelly Carroll

Regulations

All Nevada state fishing regulations apply in Great Basin National Park. A Nevada state fishing license is required for all persons 12 years of age or older. An annual license also requires a trout stamp. The park does not sell fishing licenses. Fishing licenses can be purchased online and printed out at the Border Inn, 12 miles from the park, at the Hotel Nevada or Sportsworld in Ely, NV (70 miles), or online at Nevada Division of Wildlife website.

Worms are permitted, but the use of other live bait, amphibians, or non-preserve fish eggs is prohibited in the park. Fishing is by rod and reel only. Catch and release fishing [2.75 MB] using barbless hooks is encouraged.

Locations to Fish

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.
Strawberry Creek - Catch and release Bonneville cutthroat trout.
Baker Lake - Accessed by a 12 mile (round-trip) hike from Baker Creek trailhead. Baker Lake is at approximately 10,730 feet in elevation. The lake is approximately 4 surface acres at its maximum and drops rapidly through the summer. Brook and Lahontan cutthroat trout.
Shingle or Williams Creeks - Accessed by four-wheel drive roads on the west side of the park. Rainbow trout.

Park Map [1.8 MB]

 

Whirling Disease
This disease, now expanding into Utah and northern Nevada, causes fish to be deformed and swim in tight circles, hence the name. Currently, whirling disease is not present in Great Basin National Park, so please help us keep it out!

  • Do not move live fish between bodies of water in the park - it is prohibited park. Doing so can spread the disease further.
  • Thoroughly wash all waders and other gear before entering a different creek or body of water.
  • If you have fished in an area that contains whirling disease, clean your gear - including boots and waders - with a 10% bleach solution. Let them dry in the sun to kill any spores before fishing in the park.

Last updated: January 25, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Great Basin National Park
100 Great Basin National Park

Baker, NV 89311

Phone:

(775) 234-7331
Available 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Closed on federal holidays.

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