NDOW Mid April Southern Fishing Report

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

LAKE MEAD – Anglers are catching limits of crappie outside of Echo Bay. Striped bass are taking shad near 33-Hole, Government Wash and north of Boulder Harbor. The line sides are averaging about 3 pounds. Black bass are spawning in shallow coves throughout the east end of Boulder Basin. Soft plastics fished on Texas rigs or drop shots are generally a good choice this time of year. Spinner baits in chartreuse and white also can be productive.  

LAKE MOHAVE – Striped bass are mostly active towards the north and south ends of the lake. Black bass are spawning in the shallows north and south of Cottonwood Cove. The fish have been hitting soft plastics, but patience is key. Worms and wacky-rigged Senkos also are catching the fish. Look for signs of nesting activity near submerged brush or under tree limbs. Stocked rainbow trout are biting on Rooster Tails and Woolly Buggers south of Willow Beach.

LAUGHLIN – Anchovies are catching catfish and stripers down the river from Casino Row. Stripers are generally in the 1- to 3-pound range, with some as large as 5 to 8 pounds taking swimbaits. Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area has some great catfish areas along the shoreline at the north and south end of the area. Rainbow trout fishing is slow, though some anglers are catching them along Casino Row on PowerBait or Li’l Jakes.

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS – The Nevada Department of Wildlife has begun its seasonal channel catfish plants at the local urban ponds. The fish are planted monthly throughout the summer months except for July. The fish are taking chicken livers and hot dogs. Anglers may still catch the odd trout, but for the most part trout fishing is over for the season. Cold Creek received an additional load of trout early this week. The fish will take a variety of commercial baits, worms and olive colored flies.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA- Fishing has picked up significantly with the trout bite active at all area reservoirs. Temperatures are warming up this week, but anglers should expect windy conditions this time of year. Mid-day winds can come up quickly. Bass fishing will remain slow for at least a couple more weeks.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – Action has been very good with bait anglers taking limits of fish with rainbow, orange, or green PowerBait. Night crawlers or red worms also will catch the fish. Anglers using lures are doing well with small spinners and Rooster Tails. Fly-fishers are using olive and other dark variations of the Woolly Bugger. Prince Nymphs and Cave Lake Specials also will catch the fish.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – Fishing for rainbow trout is off to a slow start. The water is high, and that has the fish spread out across the reservoir rather than concentrated. The campgrounds are all open.

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Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Lake Mead: Anglers Are Catching Limits of Crappie
Lake Mohave: Lake Mohave Fishing Mid April
Colorado River - Laughlin: Great Catfish Areas Along The Shoreline
Las Vegas Urban Ponds: NDOW Has Begun Seasonal Channel Catfish Plants
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Fishing Has Picked Up Significantly
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Action Has Been Very Good
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Fishing Off To A Slow Start

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