NDOW Southern Fishing Report

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

LAKE MEAD – Anglers continue to catch striped bass throughout the lake using light colored crankbaits and shad colored jigs. In the coves, striped bass and catfish are biting on anchovies close to shore. Smallmouth bass are taking shad imitations in the area of Lovers Cove and Government Wash. Expect fishing action to slow down with the arrival of nighttime temperatures close to freezing.

LAKE MOHAVE/ WILLOW BEACH – Catfish are hitting anchovies close to shore. The smallmouth bass bite is best in the coves using swimbaits and shad imitation crankbaits. Striped bass are most active outside of Willow Beach and on the south end of the reservoir near the dam. Anchovies are working well for stripers in the 1- to 3-pound range. Shallow diving lures are catching the line sides outside of Cottonwood Cove.

LAUGHLIN – Striped bass action has slowed with the arrival of cooler temperatures, but some anglers are still having luck bringing in 4- to 7-pound stripers from Casino Row to Big Bend State Recreation Area. Shore anglers have been bringing in limits rainbow trout with PowerBait, nightcrawlers and a variety of spinners.  

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS – NDOW has begun its seasonal trout plants at each of the urban ponds. Anglers have been catching their 3-fish limit. Trout are taking PowerBait and nightcrawlers but will also hit a combo meal made from a piece of nightcrawler and a mini marshmallow. When choosing a hook remember that you can catch big fish on small hooks (size 10 or 12), but it’s hard to catch small fish on big hooks. Bass are hitting sporadically. Sometimes on yellow spinners. Catfish have been taking nightcrawlers.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – Thin ice can be found on all the reservoirs and has been lasting throughout the day. Conditions should be considered unsafe for walking on the ice. Anglers and other visitors are encouraged to use extreme caution while on the management area.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – Thin ice is starting to cover most of the reservoir but is unsafe. Holes can be drilled through the ice next to the fishing dock to access the fish. For up-to-date ice conditions contact Spring Valley State Park at 775-962-5102.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – Freezing temperatures have slowed fishing. Thin ice is starting to cover the reservoir, but it remains unsafe for fishing or other activities. For up-to-date ice conditions contact Echo Canyon State Park at 775-962-5103.

UPCOMING FISHING EVENTS – Nevada Department of Wildlife will host a “Fishing for Trout in Southern Nevada” class at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 at Sportsman’s Warehouse Las Vegas. You can register for this and other upcoming events at https://register-ed.com/programs/nevada/210-angler-education.

More Reports

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

Lake Mead: Lake Mead Fishing Report
Lake Mohave: Lake Mohave/ Willow Beach Fishing Report
Colorado River - Laughlin: Colorado River Fishing Report
Las Vegas Urban Ponds: Seasonal Trout Plants Have Begun
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Ice Has Been Lasting Throughout The Day
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Ice is Starting To Cover Most of The Reservoir
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Freezing Temps Has Slowed Down Fishing

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Lake Mead: Striper Bite Has Been Best at Sunrise
Lake Mohave: Striper Action Remains Steady
Colorado River - Laughlin: Anglers Enjoying Weekly Rainbow Trout Plants
Las Vegas Urban Ponds: Seasonal Trout Plants Have Begun
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Thin Ice on Shoreline in The Mornings
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Eagle Valley Reservoir Fishing Report
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Water Levels Slowly Rising
: NDOW Southern Fishing Report