NDOW Southern Fishing Report

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by Nevada Department of Wildlife

b – Striped bass are providing most of the action, with bites being reported from Hemenway up through the Overton Arm. Chatterbaits are tempting stripers in the 2- to 3-pound range, and anchovies are always a preferred bait. Anglers are averaging about five fish a day. Largemouth bass are chasing jigs in the shallow, warmer water near Pitch Fork Cove. A few anglers have reported that soft plastic worms in olive colors are producing smallmouth bass in the 1- to 2-pound range.

LAKE MOHAVE/ WILLOW – Rainbow trout are taking gold Kastmasters and floating mice tails at Willow Beach. Catfish are hit and miss on anchovies. With longer days and warmer temperatures ahead, action on Lake Mohave is expected to pick up. At the south end of the lake, stripers are taking anchovies fished from the boat. The best striper action is taking place during the evening hours. Smallmouth fishing is picking up out of Cottonwood Cove.

LAUGHLIN – Shore anglers are reeling in stripers below Davis Dam. The fish are taking anchovies. Anglers are reporting the best action in the late afternoon and early evening. Boaters are catching stripers as large as 7 pounds near Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area. With water temperatures climbing, black bass will be more active as they begin to spawn. Rainbow trout action remains steady along the shoreline. The fish are biting on night crawlers, PowerBait or a variety of spinners.

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS – Seasonal trout plants are nearing their end. The water will soon be too warm for the cold-water species. In the meantime, gold spinners, Kastmasters, and night crawlers are catching the fish. Bass action has been slow. Catfish are becoming increasingly active and are taking stink baits and hotdogs at Sunset Park.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – The reservoirs are ice free and anglers are catching plump rainbows. Action will continue to pick up as water temperatures grow warmer.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – Ice is off the reservoir. The weather is expected to be hit and miss for the next week. Check conditions and go prepared. Rainbow trout are hitting lures and commercial trout baits. Various colors of PowerBait, marshmallows, and night crawlers are fooling the trout. Nighttime temperatures are still below freezing, but the campground and all facilities are open. Bass fishing has slowed down with ice off.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – Anglers can expect rain and snow off and on for the next week. Daytime temperatures are expected to remain in the 50s, so the water should stay open. Trout are taking PowerBait, spinners and nymphs. All facilities are open for day trips and camping. Only a few anglers have been seen on the water.

UPCOMING FISHING EVENTS – For information about Nevada Department of Wildlife angling workshops, family fishing clinics, and fly-fishing workshops visit www.register-ed.com/programs/nevada/210-angler-education.

More Reports

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Lake Mead: Striped Bass Providing Most of The Action
Lake Mohave: Action is Expected To Pick Up
Colorado River - Laughlin: Shore Anglers Are Reeling in Stripers
Las Vegas Urban Ponds: Catfish Are Becoming Increasingly Active
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Anglers Catching Plump Rainbows
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Ice is off The Reservoir
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Echo Canyon Reservoir Fishing Report

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