The season is open year around in all areas, except as posted, from
1 hour before sunrise to 2 hours after sunset. Between January 1 and June
14, the limit is 3 trout and 5 largemouth bass with a minimum size
on the bass of 10 inches. Between June 15 and December 31, the limit
is 3 trout and 10 largemouth bass. Artificial lures only are allowed in the Collection
Ditch. Chumming is prohibited. It is unlawful to clean or fillet
fish within the Refuge boundaries.
Between June 15 and July 31, only motorless boats, float tubes and boats with electric motors are allowed (waterfowl nesting). From August 1 through December 31, motorless boats, float tubes and boats propelled by motors of 10 h.p. or less are allowed.
- Rainbow Trout
- Largemouth Bass
- Brook Trout
- Brown Trout
A Forest Service operated campground is situated adjacent to Ruby Lake. In addition, there are several primitive camping sites scattered along the west side along the foothills.
Advice and Tips
Typical bass fishing techniques include plugs, rubber worms, and spinner baits
as well as bass flies for the fly fishermen. Most forms of bait: salmon eggs,
worms, and Power Bait work on the trout as well as small lures and flies.
Spring through early summer and the fall are the best times to fish for trout,
while bass fishing is usually good spring, summer and fall. The North Dike area
is open to fishing year around, but is restricted to shore fishing only. The South Lake is
best accessed by boat after June 15.
The Nevada Trophy Book lists several records for
Ruby Refuge including a 9-pound largemouth bass captured in 1977, a 4-pound 14-ounce brook
trout captured in 1981, a 25-pound brown trout captured in 1992, a 9-pound, 2-ounce
cutthroat trout captured in 1998, a 13-pound, 13-ounce rainbow trout captured in 1991 and a
State Record 13-pound, 13-ounce tiger trout (brown trout x brook trout hybrid) captured in 1998.
FROM ELKO Travel approximately 65 miles over Harrison Pass (Ruby Mountains) on Highway 227/228 to Ruby Valley and the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge.