NDOW Southern Fishing Report

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

LAKE MEAD – Anglers are reporting good striper action all over the lake with fish averaging 20 inches long. The bite is on in the early morning and then slows before noon. A variety of shad imitations are fooling the fish, including crankbaits, swimbaits and soft plastics. Largemouth bass are becoming active and are showing preference for Chatterbaits. Crappie fishing has been slow, but a few anglers have reported action in the Lovers Cove area.

LAKE MOHAVE/ WILLOW – Rainbow trout are quick to bite on gold spinners and rainbow PowerBait at Willow Beach. Anglers are catching 3- to 5-pound trout from both shore and kayaks. Catfish are hanging around vegetation near shore. One angler reported reeling in an 8-pound catfish he caught on a chicken liver. Few reports have come from the main reservoir, likely due to the consistent winds. However, clear skies and temperatures in the 70s are in the forecast, and the largemouth bass bite is already picking up at Cottonwood Cove. Fish are chasing trout swimbaits and hiding in shadows near vegetation. On the east side of the lake, anglers are catching smallmouth bass biting in the area of Black Sheep Cove.

LAUGHLIN – Fishing on the river has been good with rainbow trout, channel catfish and black bass all taking baits. Trout are showing a preference for gold spinners with red polka dots, but PowerBait is always a good option too. Catfish are taking anchovies fished off the bottom and not far from shore. The striper bite is slow, but some shore anglers have had luck using glide baits below Davis Dam. Largemouth bass are hitting on watermelon and pumpkin colored plastics near Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area.

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS – Last week, NDOW stocked rainbow trout at Beatty Pond along with Floyd Lamb, Sunset, and Veteran’s Memorial parks. Gold spinners, Kastmasters, and worms are catching the fish. Anglers are catching catfish at Sunset Park. Worms and hot dog slices are catching the catfish.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – The reservoirs are mostly ice free, and the most open water can be found along the dams. Rainbow trout are nice and healthy. Action will continue to pick up as water temperatures grow warmer.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – Ice is off the reservoir. Anglers have found good fishing for rainbow trout in the 10- to 12-inch class using hardware and traditional baits. Various colored PowerBait, marshmallows, and night crawlers are enticing the trout. The campground and all facilities are open. Nighttime temperatures are still below freezing. There have been no reports of bass activity.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – The water is fully open, but angler activity has been minimal. Trout are taking PowerBait, spinners and nymphs. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s, but the area will see some weather this weekend. The campgrounds and all facilities are open.

UPCOMING FISHING EVENTS – For information about NDOW fishing workshops visit https://www.register-ed.com/programs/nevada/210-angler-education.

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Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, March 4th

Lake Mead: Good Striper Action Throughout The Lake
Lake Mohave: Lake Mohave/ Willow Beach Fishing Report
Colorado River - Laughlin: Fishing Has Been Good on The River
Las Vegas Urban Ponds: Las Vegas Urban Ponds Fishing Report
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Action Continues to Pick Up
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Ice is off The Reservoir
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Water is Fully Open

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
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Some of The Best Trout Fishing This Time of Year
: NDOW Southern Fishing Report