NDOW Southern Fishing Report

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

LAKE MEAD — Sunset and sunrise fishing has been good for striped bass and catfish. Most anglers are using anchovies with a few white topwater lures thrown in. Black bass fishing is good from Government Wash to Echo Bay. Anglers area using frogs and dark colored plastics. Black bass are hiding under the vegetation in coves at the north end of Boulder Basin.

LAKE MOHAVE — Fishing is hit or miss, especially with the unpredictable nature of the monsoonal weather patterns. The Willow Beach Hatchery plants rainbow trout every Friday. That means anglers can find stripers close by. Swimbaits in trout and shad patterns, along with poppers ion their varieties, are go-to lures for topwater action. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are hiding in coves around Cottonwood Basin. Anglers are catching catfish with anchovies or stink baits from Cottonwood Cove to Telephone Cove.

LAUGHLIN — Action for 1-pound stripers is steady below the dam and from there to the Big Bend area. Some anglers have caught striped bass in the 5-pound range while fishing on the bottom with anchovies near Big Bend. Catfish also are bending rods. Boat fishing near the dam has been a successful option for stripers. Trout fishing will be slow for a couple months until temperatures cool back down and stocking activities resume.

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS — Despite sightings of small sunfish along the shoreline, action for the bigger fish has been slow. The unstable weather pattern and hot temperatures have combined to keep many people away from the parks. The next catfish plant is planned for some time in mid to late August depending on water temperatures. Some anglers are trying their luck for carp while fishing is slow and have been catching some monsters.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Fishing is steady in the mornings with rainbow trout actively biting right around sunrise before temperatures rise. Anglers are seeing some 16- to 18-inch rainbows at Dacey Reservoir. The hot months are a challenging part of summer for anglers. Water levels are lower, weed beds are thick and roads are rough. Until temperatures begin to cool, action will remain best in the early mornings and at sunset.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Seasonal rains are expecting to raise water levels and create some murky water conditions. Aquatic vegetation continues to thicken in the upper part of the reservoir. The best fishing still is in the early mornings for trout and after sundown as it cools off. Bass are biting throughout the morning.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — The water level remains low but expected rainstorms should provide additional water. That, in turn, will increase the turbidity of the water which can make fishing difficult.

UPCOMING FISHING EVENTS — The Nevada Department of Wildlife holds workshops and clinics throughout the year. Online registration is required for all of our classes at www.register-ed.com/programs/nevada/210-angler-education/. Call 702-486-5127, extension 3503, Monday through Friday for more information.

More Reports

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

Lake Mead: Black Bass Are Hiding in The Vegetation
Lake Mohave: Fishing Has Been Hit or Miss
Colorado River - Laughlin: Striper Action is Steady
Las Vegas Urban Ponds: Action For Bigger Fish Has Been Slow
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Fishing Has Been Steady in The Mornings
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Best Fishing is Still in The Mornings
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Water Levels Remain Low

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