NDOW Southern Fishing Report

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

LAKE MEAD – Despite rainy weather conditions anglers found good fishing over the weekend. Good striper action has been reported in the upper Government Wash and around Hemenway. The fish are showing a preference for shad-colored crankbaits but also are taking chrome jerkbaits and anchovies. Largemouth bass action is picking up in the area of Pumphouse Cove where anglers have found success with watermelon-colored soft baits. A few anglers have caught catfish on anchovies fished off the bottom in shallow coves near Government Wash.  

LAKE MOHAVE – Striped bass fishing remains slow for most anglers. Anglers have been catching some stripers with crankbaits at the south end of the reservoir. Black bass should become more active as water temperatures begin to climb. Anglers are already catching largemouth on silver spoons and anchovies near shelves in the coves. Shore anglers at Willow Beach are catching stripers and rainbow trout, both in the one-to-three-pound range. Stripers are taking large trout swimbaits.

LAUGHLIN – Rainbow trout have been providing the best action along the river. Both shore and boat anglers are catching fish on worms, PowerBait and spinners. Anglers have reported that the trout prefer spinners with a yellow or red polka dot pattern. Largemouth bass have been biting on soft plastic worms around Big Bend State Recreation Area. Watermelon is a favorite color. Striper bites are hit and miss, but anglers are catching fish using frozen anchovy pieces.

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS – Stocked rainbows typically take a variety of baits and lures, but mealworms often work well this time of year. Catfish have been taking night crawlers at Sunset Park.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – Area reservoirs are mostly ice free. Anglers are finding good fishing for trout off the dams. The fish are in good condition.  One lucky angler reeled in a 20-inch rainbow while fishing from his kayak. Action will continue to pick up as water temperatures grow warmer.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – The reservoir is nearly ice free. Anglers have been catching rainbow trout in the 10- 12-inch range. Both hardware and traditional baits are catching the fish. Green and orange PowerBait, marshmallows, and night crawlers have proven quite effective for anglers. So have lures. The campground and all facilities are open.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – The water is free of ice and starting to rise. Anglers should expect some of the best trout fishing of the year. Trout are taking PowerBait in orange or green colorations. Spinners and spoons are good options for lure fishing anglers. The campgrounds and all facilities are open.

UPCOMING FISHING EVENTS – NDOW will hold numerous pop-up fishing workshops, family fishing clinics, and fly-fishing workshops this spring. To register visit  https://www.register-ed.com/programs/nevada/210-angler-education.

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Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, February 26th

Lake Mead: Good Striper Action Being Reported
Lake Mohave: Lake Mohave Report
Colorado River - Laughlin: Rainbow Trout Have Been Providing Good Action
Las Vegas Urban Ponds: Las Vegas Urban Ponds Fishing Report
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Mostly Ice Free
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Eagle Valley Reservoir Fishing Report
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