NDOW Southern Fishing Report

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

LAKE MEAD — Stripers and catfish have been keeping anglers busy during the early morning hours in the Boulder Basin. Deep diving Rapalas are bringing in smallmouth bass, stripers and even catfish. At the moment, catfish seem to be taking a variety of baits and lures. Live shad and anchovies are always a good option for stripers as well as catfish. Anglers fishing for stripers in Government Wash also have found success with night crawlers. Bluegill also are biting in the Wash. They are taking pieces or worms.

LAKE MOHAVE – Anchovies and jointed swimbaits are attracting striped bass at the north and south ends of the reservoir. Night crawlers and anchovies are fooling catfish just 30 feet from shore. Bass fishing is good in and around coves. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass are taking swimbaits. At Willow Beach, trout fishing is good from the fishing pier to the coves just south of the beach areas. Anglers are using dark colored flies and night crawlers.

LAUGHLIN – Catfish and stripers are most active below the dam. Fishing is good when the winds cooperate. Night crawlers and anchovies are both catching catfish, while stripers seem to prefer anchovies. The dam and casino areas are seeing the most action. Most of the stripers are in the 1- to 3-pound range. The Big Bend area also has been productive.

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS – Action at the ponds has been slow, though bluegill continue to take mealworms, night crawlers and micro lures. The best fishing takes place in the morning. The Nevada Department of Wildlife plans to plant catfish sometime this week.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – Aquatic vegetation continues to grow along the shorelines and will do so until temperatures begin to cool. Early mornings have been the best time to fish. Fly fishers have found success in all reservoirs with nymph and Woolly Bugger patterns. Crappie are hitting on worms and bass are taking crankbaits.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – Seasonal vegetation growth and lower water levels has made shore fishing a challenge in some areas. Patient anglers are catching limits of bass and trout. Rainbow trout are taking various colors of glitter PowerBait and night crawlers. Daytime temperatures have been in the low 90’s which has made camping nice when taking a break from fishing.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – Action has been slow this past week as temperatures remain on the warm side. Aquatic vegetation has made shore fishing challenging for anglers, but there are areas where it is easy to reach open water. Trout, crappie and bass continue to provide good action in the mornings, but they slow down as the day heat up. Using a bobber will help to keep your bait above the weeds.

UPCOMING CLASSES — For information about fishing classes visit https://register-ed.com/programs/nevada/210-angler-education. Anglers 12 years of age and older will need a valid Nevada fishing license to participate in most classes.

More Reports

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, August 28th, 2019
Lake Mead: Stripers and Catfish Are Keeping Anglers Busy
Lake Mohave: Bass Fishing Has Been Good
Colorado River - Laughlin: Catfish and Stripers Are Most Active Below The Dam
Las Vegas Urban Ponds: Action Has Been Slow at The Ponds
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Vegetation Continues To Grow Along Shorelines
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Anglers Are Catching Limits of Bass and Trout
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Action Has Been Slow With Warm Temperatures

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Friday, August 23rd, 2019
: Bears Are Entereing Hyperphagia
: Nevada Wildlife Safety Crossings Are Nationally Recognized