NDOW Southern Fishing Report Mid May

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

LAKE MEAD – The Las Vegas Wash is a hot spot for both black bass and stripers. Black bass are hitting dark-colored plastics. Anglers are catching striped bass primarily with anchovies, but the fish also are taking jerkbaits. Anglers are finding good fishing for catfish in coves. Cut anchovies, night crawlers and stink baits will catch the fish.

LAKE MOHAVE – Striped bass are hitting off the Willow Beach Fishing Pier and down south by Telephone Pole Cove. Anchovies and Rat-L-traps are working the best. Black bass are active in coves with vegetation. Working soft plastics near the mouths of the coves will get you the best action. Catfish are hanging out near drop offs and are taking anchovies and chicken liver.

LAUGHLIN – Striped bass and rainbow trout are active below Casino Row. Shore anglers are catching stripers with anchovies between Casino Row and Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area. Jointed swimbaits that look like rainbow trout or bluegill will entice the bigger striped bass along the river. Trout are biting on PowerBait fished from the shoreline and boats.

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS – Night crawlers, mealworms, and PowerBait grubs are working well for stocked bluegill. Largemouth bass are taking plastics and spinnerbaits in most of the ponds. The Nevada Department of Wildlife has plans to stock catfish prior to Memorial Day weekend at Veterans’ Memorial Park, Lorenzi Park and Floyd Lamb Park. Sunset Park will not receive fish because the aeration system at Sunset Lake is not currently functioning.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – The trout bite has been good. Anglers are catching fish using a variety of baits and lures at Adams-McGill and Cold Springs reservoirs. The largemouth bass bite is starting to pick up at Haymeadow and Adams-McGill. Aaron Walker reported that he caught and released 36 bass on a recent outing. He was using a green pumpkin worm with red flakes fished on a Neko rig and a white frog. “The fish were in mostly shallow water 6 inches to 4 feet deep,” he said.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – It was another good weekend for anglers at Spring Valley State Park. Rainbow trout are hitting gold or silver spoons and rainbow-colored PowerBait while tiger trout are liking crankbaits. The bass bite has been good. One lucky angler hauled in a 9.5-pound largemouth over the weekend. Keep in mind that catch-and-release regulations for largemouth bass are in effect until July 1.  

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – The reservoir remains full, and the crappie are hitting jigs. So too are largemouth bass. Trout have been hitting well off the dam and the south shoreline. Anglers are catching the fish with Kastmasters and spinners.

UPCOMING EVENTS – Saturday, June 8 is Free Fishing Day across Nevada. Echo Canyon State Park will hold a special event from 8 a.m. – noon. Call 775-962-5102 for more information.

NDOW will hold an event at Veterans’ Memorial Park in Boulder City beginning at 8 a.m. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Loaner equipment and bait will be available at no charge. The event will include prizes, a chance to learn about bowfishing and other activities. For more information about the Boulder City event call 702-486-5127 x 3850 for more information.

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