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 - To access Lehman Creek take the Scenic Drive towards Upper Lehman Campground. There is a large parking area opposite to the Upper Lehman Campground entrance and another near the Lehman Creek Trailhead. These are ideal places to park if you are only fishing and not staying in the campground. There is a hiking trail parallel to Lehman Creek that connects Upper Lehman and Lower Lehman Campgrounds. This section of stream contains high densities of brook and brown trout with a few rainbow trout scattered throughout. Upstream of Upper Lehman Campground you will catch mostly brook trout, and downstream of Lower Lehman Campground you will catch mostly brown trout. When fishing near campgrounds, please be respectful to the campers and do not get too close to occupied campsites.

Baker Creek - There are several locations off the Baker Creek Road that offer fishing access to Baker Creek. The first fishing access point is located at the Pole Canyon Trailhead. As you head up the Baker Creek Road you will see the entrance for Grey Cliffs Campground on the left. Turn into the Grey Cliffs Campground and then immediately take another left to head towards the Pole Canyon Trailhead. The trailhead will be on your right. At the trailhead you will find a parking area, a pit toilet for your convenience, and high densities of brown trout in the nearby stream.

The second access point is located further up the Baker Creek Road at the Baker Creek Campground. From Baker Creek Campground you can access two trails, one that connects Grey Cliffs and Baker Creek Campgrounds and the other connects Baker Creek Campground with the Baker Creek Trailhead. Both trails parallel Baker Creek through areas with high trout densities. The brush is very thick along the majority of the trails and fishing can be difficult. You will catch mostly brown trout downstream of Baker Creek Campground, but brook trout will become more dominant as you travel upstream. When fishing near campgrounds, please be respectful to the campers and do not get too close to occupied campsites.

The third access point is the Baker Creek Trailhead. There is usually plenty of parking available and a pit toilet for your convenience. Upstream of the trailhead you will catch almost all brook trout.

Snake Creek - Bonneville cutthroat trout will be reintroduced to Snake Creek in 2019. There are currently no fish in Snake Creek within the park boundary.

Strawberry Creek - Area closed due to a 2016 forest fire.

Baker Lake - Baker Lake is the only lake in the Park that contains fish. It is located at 10,620 feet in elevation and tucked back into a breathtaking cirque. Baker Lake is often covered in ice until late spring, and sometimes into the summer depending on the snowpack and weather. It offers a truly memorable experience to anglers adventurous enough to brave the approximately 12 mile round trip. Baker Lake is highly recommended to fly fisherman.

To access Baker Lake you must drive to the Baker Creek Trailhead and hike up the Baker Creek trail approximately 6 miles. Lahontan cutthroat trout and brook trout are found here in equal numbers. Lake levels fluctuate greatly throughout the year and the entire lake is surrounded by large angular talus rocks. Fishing is the best in the late summer and early fall due to lower lake levels.

Camping is permitted at Baker Lake, but no fires are allowed above 10,000 feet. Cook stoves are permitted. The ecology of the area surrounding Baker Lake is very fragile. Please be respectful to the resources and future visitors: follow leave not trace practices.


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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. 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: May 31, 2018

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Mailing Address:

Great Basin National Park
100 Great Basin National Park

Baker, NV 89311

Phone:

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

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