Fishing Hook Restrictions Lifted for some Nevada's Humboldt County Creeks

A recent change in Nevada’s fishing regulations has relaxed hook restrictions, allowing for the use of barbed hooks on any legal bait for the Andorno Creek, Colman Creek and North Fork of Battle Creek, all in Humboldt County. 

Previously the regulation allowed for only the use of single barbless hooks for fishing these waters.

“Years ago we relocated wild Lahontan cutthroat trout to these waters to reintroduce a native species,” said Mark Warren, Fisheries Division chief for the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW).  “Until the population was sustainable we allowed only the use of single barbless hooks. Now that the Lahontan cutthroat trout population is stable, that restriction has been lifted.”

NDOW also wants the public to be aware that the 2012 Nevada Fishing Guide incorrectly lists last year’s regulation that still includes the restriction to single barbless hooks. 

These waters fall under the general fishing regulations for Humboldt County which allows for the limit of five trout and 15 warmwater game fish of which not more than five many be black bass and five may be walleye.

“Now is a great time to start fishing many of Nevada’s waters,” said Warren. “With fishing season just beginning and less restrictive regulations, we encourage anglers to go buy a fishing license and get out on the water.”

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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