NDOW Southern Fishing Report

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

LAKE MEAD – Anglers have been able to take advantage of cooler morning and evening temperatures to catch black bass, stripers, and catfish. Striped bass action has been good for shore anglers in the Las Vegas Bay area and boaters around the Boulder Islands. Anchovies, live shad, and jointed swimbaits are catching the fish.

LAKE MOHAVE/ WILLOW BEACH – Stocked rainbow trout are providing good fishing for anglers following weekly plants by the National Fish Hatchery. Striped bass can be caught with trout imitations. including both soft plastics and jointed swimbaits. Anglers have been catching fish between 5 and 20 pounds. One California angler reported that he caught a 28-pound striper recently on a homemade lure. Catfish are holding in coves below Cottonwood Basin and taking anchovies at Nevada Telephone Cove. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are biting on jigs and plastics matching the vegetation color.

LAUGHLIN – One-pound stripers are taking cut anchovies from boaters and shore anglers above Big Bend. Larger stripers seem to prefer swimbaits, or a white Bomber Long A fished a couple of feet down. Trout are biting through Casino Row, and anglers are hitting this area hard. Black bass are hitting on plastics along the shelves in coves.

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS – Fishing has been sluggish with fish feeding at night during the full moon. The action should pick up this next week. Hot dog pieces, night crawlers or stink baits will catch the fish. The last catfish plant of the 2019 season is slated for the end of October.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – The best action has been found in the morning hours and late afternoon when the winds are calmest. Afternoon winds have made fishing difficult during that time of day. Trout have been taking rainbow PowerBait, night crawlers, and an assortment of ¼- to ½-ounce spinning lures and spoons. Water levels are holding steady and roads are in good condition.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – Both shoreline anglers and boaters have found good action for rainbow and tiger trout in the 10- to 12-inch range. The trout bite has been best through in the morning hours. Anglers are catching the fish with worms and PowerBait. Bass are still hitting baits but are doing so later in the day. Early morning temperatures have been dropping below the freezing mark.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR- Rainbow trout have been biting well for the few anglers working the lake. Pink, orange, and green PowerBait have been productive. So too have small spinners for those using lures. Fly-anglers are catching trout and bass with dark colored Woolly Buggers.

UPCOMING FISHING EVENTS – NDOW and the Boulder City Bass Club will hold a youth Fishing Workshop from 1 – 5 p.m. November 2 at Veterans’ Memorial Park pond. The event is open to anglers ages 8 to 18 years and will include learning stations where anglers can practice their fishing skills before fishing. Those who are 12 years of age or older will need a fishing license. Registration is required and can be completed online at https://register-ed.com/programs/nevada/210-angler-education

More Reports

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Lake Mead: Cooler Mornings & Evenings
Lake Mohave: Lake Mohave/ Willow Beach Fishing Report
Colorado River - Laughlin: Trout Are Biting Through Casino Row
Las Vegas Urban Ponds: Fishing Has Been Sluggish
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Best Action Has Been in The Morning or Late Afternoon
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Good Action For Rainbow & Tiger Trout
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Rainbow Have Been Biting Well

27 Inch Catfish
South Fork Reservoir

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