NDOW Southern Fishing Report- Late April

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by Nevada Department of Wildlife

LAKE MEAD – Anglers are finding shad in the early mornings and using them as live bait to catch striped bass. Coves in the Government Wash area are producing 1- to 3-pound catfish as well as stripers. Most of the fish are biting on anchovies, and the best action is starting about sunset. Black bass are hitting a variety of soft baits and jerkbaits. Look for the fish in shallow water near structure, in weed beds or along edges.  

LAKE MOHAVE – Anglers are finding good action for black bass in the coves outside Cottonwood Cove. Smallmouth bass are averaging 2 pounds and are taking tube baits. Green pumpkin and watermelon seem to be the colors of choice. Fish are coming from 10 to 15 feet of water near grass beds and submerged brush.

LAUGHLIN – Shore fishermen are catching striped bass and catfish with anchovies. Catfish are more active at night and can be caught in some of the backwater areas. Largemouth bass are hitting white or green spinnerbaits in the marshy coves.

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS – Bass and sunfish are still in spawning mode at most of the ponds but should be completing this cycle soon. Trout are still biting at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Boulder City and at Cold Creek. Mealworms are catching bluegill at Floyd Lamb Park and Lorenzi Park.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – Fishing is picking up with the best fishing taking place at sunrise and sunset. Watch for mid-day winds as the temperature warms up. Some bass anglers have found success with black or olive Woolly Buggers on Hay Meadow. Trout fishing has been good at Dacey with stocked rainbows taking midge patterns fished 6 to 10 inches off the bottom. Shoreline anglers are finding the best fishing at Haymeadow and Cold Springs.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – Spring fishing has been picking up. Bait anglers are catching trout with night crawlers or rainbow-colored PowerBait. The fish also are taking a variety of other baits and lures, but gold or silver spinners have been especially good.  Largemouth bass are taking spinnerbaits, but all bass must be released April 1 through June 30 for spawning. Crappies are taking silver minnow jigs off the fishing pier. All campground facilities are open.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – Water levels are still high, but rainbow trout are taking night crawlers and rainbow-colored PowerBait. Bass fishing is good, but most are on the small side. Crappie fishing should improve as daytime temperatures pick up.  All campground facilities are open.

UPCOMING FISHING EVENTS – Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge is hosting its annual Carp Rodeo Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. There is no charge for this event, but those anglers who are12 years of age and older will need a fishing license. NDOW staff will be on hand to provide angler assistance, help with bait, and provide loaner fishing rods. The event will include children’s activities, gourmet carp and a barbecue lunch for the first 100 attendees. For more information visit register-ed.com/programs/nevada/210-angler-education.

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