Great Basin National Park allows fishing as a means of providing for public enjoyment, and customary and traditional use, and regulates fishing to ensure that it is managed in a manner that avoids unacceptable impacts to park resources.
For more information on how fishing regulations work in national parks, go to the NPS Fish and Fishing website.
Visitors fishing within Great Basin National Park must follow the fishing license requirements in accordance with the laws and regulations of the State of Nevada. To purchase a Nevada Fishing License go to http://www.ndowlicensing.com/.
Fishing shall be in accordance with all laws in 36CFR2.3 and all non-conflicting fishing regulations of the State of Nevada. Where there is a conflict between a state regulation and a federal (NPS) regulation, the state regulation is superseded by the federal regulation. For state fishing regulations go to the Nevada Department of Wildlife e-regulations website.
Popular 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.
Fish Consumption Advisories in National Park Waters
The Environmental Protection Agency, states, territories, and tribes provide advice on fish and shellfish caught in the waters in their jurisdiction to help people make informed decisions about eating fish. Advisories are recommendations to limit your consumption of, or avoid eating entirely, certain species of fish or shellfish from specific bodies of water due to chemical or biological contamination.
Great Basin National Park Fish Consumption Advisories
The only streams in Great Basin National Park that are currently listed on NDOW’s Health Advisory Status of Eastern Nevada Waters webpage are Lehman Creek and Snake Creek. It recommends a maximum of 8-12 meals per month of trout from Lehman Creek and a maximum of 8 meals per month of trout from Snake Creek. A meal for an adult is considered to be 8-ounces of fish meat, or about the size of two decks of cards. Children should eat smaller, age-appropriate amounts. These advisories are issued by the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health.
Aquatic Invasive Species
Aquatic invasive species are not native to an ecosystem. Their introduction causes, or is likely to cause, harm to the economy, the environment, or to human health. Aquatic invasive species are a growing risk to parks and their values. In the United States alone, there are more than 250 non-native aquatic species.
How You Can Help – Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers
Help us keep Great Basin National Park free of aquatic invasive species!
Clean and Dry - Before visiting the park, please wash all mud, dirt, and vegetation off your fishing gear paying extra attention to the tread of your waders and/or footwear. Then let your gear dry for a minimum of 48 hours, preferably in full sunlight. This simple procedure is effective in removing and/or killing a wide variety of aquatic invasive species.
Disinfect - If you are not able to completely dry your gear, please soak your gear in a 1% bleach solution (1.3 ounces bleach to one gallon of water) for 15 minutes, rinse, then either freeze overnight or soak in 120 o F water for a minimum of 5 minutes.
Whirling Disease and New Zealand Mudsnails
Two aquatic invasive species that exist in nearby waters are Whirling Disease and New Zealand Mudsnails. Once established in a waterbody, little can be done to remove either of them. Whirling Disease is a parasite that causes physical deformities and even death in trout. New Zealand Mudsnails can completely take over as the dominant aquatic invertebrate within lakes, rivers, and streams. They can displace native snails and invertebrates, consume the majority of the food in an ecosystem, and can seal themselves within their shell to pass through a fish’s digestive tract unharmed. This means that their presence can greatly reduce the amount of food available for trout and other popular sportfish. Both Whirling Disease and New Zealand Mudsnails are serous threats to native aquatic ecosystems and recreational fishing. Please do your part to keep them from spreading. Always remember to clean, dry, and disinfect your gear.
Fishing Throughout the National Park Service
We invite you to visit the Fish and Fishing website for more information about fish and fishing in the National Park Service. You will learn about conservation, different fish species, and parks that offer fishing.
Last updated: April 10, 2021