Bass Restriction Removed for Nevada's Local Urban Ponds

A recent change in Nevada’s fishing regulations has relaxed the limit on black bass in Washoe County urban ponds from two bass to three.  Previously the regulation allowed for a total of three fish of which no more than two could be black bass.  The limit for Washoe County urban ponds is still three fish total.

“We dropped the restriction on black bass as a way to simplify the regulation and to create more opportunity for bass fisherman,” said Mark Warren, Fisheries Division chief for the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW).  “There are bass in most of the urban ponds in Washoe County, but most anglers head to Sparks Marina for the spotted bass.”

NDOW also wants the public to be aware that the 2012 Nevada Fishing Guide incorrectly lists last year’s regulation for Washoe County urban ponds that still includes the restriction on black bass. 

A fishing license may be purchased online at or at any NDOW office or license agent.  A Nevada resident can purchase an annual fishing license for $29 and a Nevada trout stamp for $10.  A 1-Day/Short Term Fishing Permit costs $9.

For more information on fishing in the Silver State, including angler information sheets, stocking information and fishing reports for each region, check out the fishing section on the Nevada Department of Wildlife website at

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