NDOW Southern Fishing Report

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by Nevada Department of Wildlife

LAKE MEAD – A big fish is the big news at this popular fishery. A pair of anglers from Southern California caught a large striper while fishing a boil in the Vegas Wash area. The fish tipped the scales at 28-pounds. Live shad are generally the bait of choice in this part of the lake and can be caught in the wash during the early morning hours. Striped bass won’t be too far away from the shad. Work the openings and points of coves. Smaller stripers have been caught on anchovies and jigs about 60-80 feet down.

LAKE MOHAVE – Stripers and catfish are hitting baits throughout the lake. The line sides are taking crankbaits and trout imitations. Anchovies are working for catfish as well. Anglers have brought in a few stripers in the 5- to 10-pound class at Cottonwood Cove. They also are finding sunfish in coves above the marina. At Willow Beach, anglers are catching limits of stocked rainbow trout from the shoreline as well as from boats.

LAUGHLIN – Anglers continue to catch a variety of fish. Rainbow trout are hanging in the areas around docks and marshy coves. Rooster Tails and other spinners have been very productive. If you are getting bites but no hook ups, try switching to worms or Woolly Buggers below a bobber. For catfish and stripers, anchovies are the go-to bait.  Black bass are biting dark colored jigs below Casino Row.

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS – Bluegill, green sunfish, and bass make up most of the catch at the ponds. Bass are hitting plastics and spinnerbaits. Catfish are hitting night crawlers and hotdog pieces. Small hooks with mealworms or chunks of nightcrawlers are working the best for bluegill and green sunfish.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – Aquatic vegetation and low water levels are making fishing tough at Cold Springs and Haymeadow reservoirs. Fishing action has been good on Dacey and Adams-McGill with flies and spinners. Anglers are reporting good action for trout ranging from 15 to 20 inches in length.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – Crappie action is picking up, and the fish are taking Hare’s Ear Nymphs for fly fishers, while bait fishers are doing well with night crawlers suspended below a bobber. Trout fishing has been sluggish but should improve with cooler overnight temperatures. Rooster Tails and other spinners are catching trout as they slurp near the surface in the early mornings and again toward sunset.  

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR - Rainbow trout have been hitting on combinations of night crawlers and mini-marshmallows. Spinners are fooling the fish during the early morning and evening hours. Crappie and bass action have been good with the fish taking spinning lures and small jigs.

UPCOMING FISHING EVENTS – For information about upcoming fishing classes, contact Abbey Czarnecki at 702-668-3554 or check the schedule online at 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, September 25th, 2019
Lake Mead: 28 Pound Striper Catch
Lake Mohave: Stripers and Catfish Are Biting Throughout the Lake
Colorado River - Laughlin: Anglers Catching a Variety of Fish
Las Vegas Urban Ponds: Las Vegas Urban Ponds Fishing Report
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Fishing Action Has Been Good
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Eagle Valley Reservoir Fishing Report
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Echo Canyon Fishing Report

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