NDOW Southern Fishing Report

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

LAKE MEAD – Live shad continue to be the most productive bait for striped bass. Anglers are reportedly netting the shad in the Vegas Wash area. Stripers are being found in coves and along steep canyon walls in 50 to 70 feet of water.  Action for largemouth and smallmouth bass is slow. There have been a few fish caught out of Callville Bay using watermelon colored soft baits.
LAKE MOHAVE –Various coves north and south of Cottonwood Cove have been producing striped bass around the 5-pound mark. Stripers are hitting on anchovies while trolling and on swimbaits in trout or shad patterns. The Willow Beach Fish Hatchery plants rainbow trout each Friday, and the fishing has been good. The fish are hitting baits in yellow and red colorations.   

LAUGHLIN – Light fishing to report over the past week. Those who are fishing are catching rainbow trout from the shoreline below Big Bend State Recreation Area. Anglers are using sunset PowerBait and silver spinners. Stripers will be found just behind the trout, so look for areas where the current switches direction or shadows in the water.

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS – The Nevada Department of Wildlife planted trout this week at the urban ponds in the Las Vegas area. Ponds in Mesquite and Beatty were also on the agenda. Stocked rainbows have been taking a variety of baits and lures, including rainbow PowerBait, night crawlers, and spinners. Mepp’s and Rooster Tails are generally a good option. Some of the trout have even been hitting jointed swimbaits and spinnerbaits. With the warmer, bright days, a bass might even hit your offering.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – All reservoirs are covered with thin ice. Conditions are unsafe for fishing or other on-the-ice activity. Visitors should use extreme caution and avoid cloudy ice.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – Ice on the reservoir is 8-10 inches thick. Always verify ice conditions before venturing out too far. Stormy weather is expected this weekend. For up-to-date ice conditions contact Spring Valley State Park at 775-962-5102.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – Ice around the shoreline remains thin and some areas in the center of the reservoir remain open. Available ice is too thin to walk on. For current ice conditions contact the park at 775-962-5103.

UPCOMING FISHING EVENTS — NDOW is holding a variety of fishing classes. For more information and registration visit https://www.register-ed.com/programs/nevada/210-angler-education

More Reports

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
: NDOW Names New Chief Game Warden
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Ice Remains Thin on Shoreline
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Ice is 8-10 inches Thick
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Kirch Wildlife Report
Las Vegas Urban Ponds: Las Vegas Urban Ponds Report
Colorado River - Laughlin: Laughlin River Report
Lake Mohave: Lake Mohave Report
Lake Mead: Lake Mead Report

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