Spooner Lake

Spooner Lake is a small impoundment constructed in 1927 to store irrigation water. In 1973, the Department of Wildlife developed the lake into a trout fishery, but regulations changed from general (allowing harvest) to a zero-harvest in 1982 and then back to allowing harvest in 2006. Spooner Lake is located in Douglas County and situated within Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park at an elevation of 6,980 feet. Spooner Lake drains into North Canyon Creek that empties into Lake Tahoe.

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Type of water
Lake or Reservoir
Fishing Report

Shore access continues to improve with the colder overnight low temperatures. Some fish have been on the surface early in the day until the wind picks up and again late. Salmon eggs and baby crawlers under a bobber should entice the occasional trout, but may also find a few chubs. Fly and spin fisherman concentrating their efforts in deeper water are catching some quality tiger trout around weed beds. Small lures and flies paired with light leaders will increase catch rates as we sink into winter.


Spooner Lake Angler Guide Information 


Stocking Updates

Stocked Species Inches Date Stocked Year to Date
2019Rainbow Trout9.206-04-20243014
2004Tiger Trout10.306-04-20246661
1238Cuttbow Trout9.110-05-20231238
1589Tiger Trout11.710-05-20234657
3068Tiger Trout10.207-25-20233068
995Rainbow Trout9.406-08-2023995

Pertinent Information

The reservoir covers about 78 surface acres and has a depth of nearly 20 feet at maximum capacity. Currently, sport fish include rainbow trout and bowcutt trout (rainbow x cutthroat trout hybrid). Lahontan tui chub, however, dominate the lake and compete for resources with trout. Anglers generally catch trout that range between 10 and 14 inches, but some get as big as 16 inches. Use small spinner or spoons as well as flies and wade the shoreline or fish from float-tubes. Night crawlers and Power bait work equally as well. Nevada Division of State Parks charges a fee to enter Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park at Spooner Lake and Backcountry. Picnic tables, barbecues, restrooms, and water are available. Vehicle parking is about 300 yards from the lake and there is a groomed trail with a moderately sloping downhill leading to the lake’s edge. Most angling occurs during the ice-free period from May or June through October. Other activities include mountain biking, hiking, and riding horseback on the many backcountry trails that begin at Spooner Lake.