NDOW Southern Fishing Report

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

LAKE MEAD – Striped bass are biting on anchovies in the Boulder Beach area and near the fishing pier. Anglers are averaging five fish a day and are reporting more bites when fishing anchovies just off the bottom in the evening. In the Overton Arm, anglers are catching stripers by trolling swimbaits in 20 to 40 feet of water. The black bass bite is hit-and-miss, especially given the recent winds and corresponding drop in temperatures. A few anglers have had luck catching smallmouth bass along the north shore in the Boulder Basin. 

LAKE MOHAVE – Reports of striper catches are coming in at both the north and south ends of the reservoir. Boaters have been most successful using X-Rap jerkbaits in shad and minnow patterns. Black bass action remains slow, probably due to cooler temperatures that have moved in. Kayakers at Willow Beach are catching rainbow trout on soft plastic worms in pearl and olive colors. Shore anglers are catching the fish on minnow and shad crankbaits as well.
LAUGHLIN – Rainbow trout are providing most of the action on the river. Anglers fishing from boats and the shoreline are catching their 5-fish limits on PowerBait, night crawlers and spinners. Striper bites are hit and miss, but anglers have caught fish as large as 10 pounds on anchovies and trout swimbaits.

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS – Night crawlers and meal worms have been the go-to bait for catching stocked trout. A few catfish have been biting on warmer evenings at Sunset Park. Water temperatures are still a bit chilly for bluegill.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – There are some areas on the reservoirs with open water where rainbow trout fishing could be good. Nighttime temperatures are still dropping below the freezing mark, so anglers will have to contend with ice along the shorelines. Any ice is too thin to walk on. It is still too cold for bass.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – Ice fishing remains good, but anglers should always verify conditions before venturing onto the ice. Rainbow trout have been taking night crawlers and a variety of PowerBait options.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – Anglers are still seeing ice along the edges. The water is starting to rise, which means ice conditions will vary by the day.  Fishing pressure has been minimal, but those who get out are catching rainbow trout using orange and chartreuse PowerBait. The campgrounds and all facilities are open.

UPCOMING FISHING EVENTS – NDOW will be holding pop-up workshops, fly-tying classes, and fly-fishing workshops this month. To register visit  https://www.register-ed.com/programs/nevada/210-angler-education .

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Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Lake Mead: Anglers Are Averaging 5 Fish A Day
Lake Mohave: Reports Are Striper Are Coming In
Colorado River - Laughlin: Striper Bites Are Hit and Miss
Las Vegas Urban Ponds: A Few Catfish Are Biting on Warmer Evenings
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Some Areas With Open Water
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Ice Fishing Remains Good
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Ice Conditions Vary Day By Day

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