NDOW Southern Fishing Report

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by Nevada Department of Wildlife

LAKE MEAD – Anglers have shifted to fishing at dawn and dusk to beat the heat. Stripers are hiding near drop-offs with deep water and waiting for bait fish. Though you may see some boils early in the morning. A Zara Spook, Jumpin’ Minnow, Sassy Super Fluke or similar bait will catch boiling stripers. Black bass are active in many coves throughout the Government Wash area. Water levels are up. Keep an eye out for submerged hazards.

LAKE MOHAVE — Anglers continue to find success for black bass, bluegill and catfish in coves throughout the center portion of the lake. Various plastic imitations have been catching striped bass and black bass. Look for the bluegill in coves north of Cottonwood Cove. They are biting on night crawler pieces and small diving jerkbaits.

LAUGHLIN — This stretch of the river has been hot for striped bass. The average fish has weighed about 2 pounds, and anchovies are a top choice for bait. Lures are working too. Some anglers have been catching fish with the Rapala X-Rap and jointed trout imitations. Catfish have been hitting well around Big Bend and further south.

URBAN PONDS — Bluegill, bass, and catfish are slow to take lures or bait. Catfish are being hooked on stink baits in the morning or at sunset. Processed stink baits are generally a good bet. Bluegill like meal worms and grubs. Spinnerbaits are still fooling bass at Floyd Lamb in the morning hours.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Bass fishing is good throughout the WMA. Seasonal weed growth is making fishing difficult along the shorelines, but weedless hooks will help keep frustration at a minimum. Anglers are reporting success on both Cold Springs and Haymeadow Reservoirs with most bass coming in at more than 12 inches long. Plastics in the 3- and 4-inch range are working well without color preference.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Anglers are having moderate success for rainbow trout early in the day using spinners and worms fished below a bobber. Fly-fishers are using worms, gnats, and Woolly Buggers for trout and crappie. Some areas may have weeds to contend with.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Fishing with grubs, worms and crawdad imitations is working well for bass. Crappie and bass action picks up as temperatures warm up throughout the day. Anglers have been catching crappie on green and brown jigs, and on night crawler pieces fished below a bobber.

More Reports

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, July 24th, 2019
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Crappie and Bass Action Picking Up
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Moderate Rainbow Action in Early Morning
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Bass Fishing is Good Throughout
Las Vegas Urban Ponds: Las Vegas Urban Ponds Fishing Report
Colorado River - Laughlin: Striped Bass Bite is Hot
Lake Mohave: Fishing in The Coves Has Been Good
Lake Mead: Stripers Hiding in Drop-offs and Deep Water

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