NDOW Southern Fishing Report

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by Nevada Department of Wildlife

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Quagga Reminder

NDOW is asking boaters to take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of quagga mussels from the Colorado River system to other waters. Thoroughly clean, drain and dry your boat, trailer and towing vessel before traveling to another water.


Visitation at Spring Valley State Parkwas high over the holiday weekend. Anglers found good action for trout and largemouth bass. Chartreuse is usually the first color choice for success on this water. Plastics for bass and night crawlers or PowerBait for trout. Bass fishing is catch-and-release through June 30, and there have been some good catches. 


Traffic and the fish have picked up recently. Anglers are catching trout, bass and crappie using a variety of baits and lures. Li’l Jakes and Rooster Tails are great for feisty trout. Try a variety of colors if they aren’t biting. There have been some bass caught in the 1- to 5-pound range. It has been busy over the weekends. Campgrounds are still closed.


An increase in bluegill action is exciting anglers in Echo Bay and Government Wash. Try fishing a night crawler under a bobber from shore. Black bass are taking shad lures and soft plastics in watermelon colorations. To some anglers’ surprise, they are reeling in crappie on their black bass rigs. Striper and catfish action is best in the early mornings and at sunset.


Kayakers at Willow Beach are having the most success fishing for striped bass. The fish are feeding in the deeper waters and are hitting on shad lures or anchovies. Rainbow trout action has slowed for the most part, but shore anglers are reporting a catch here and there. On the north end of Mohave, smallmouth bass averaging three pounds are being reported in nearly every cove. Soft plastics in green pumpkin and red colors are producing the most fish for boaters launching out of Cottonwood.


Stripers pushing 10 pounds are taking anchovies fished from shore and boat near Big Bend State Recreation Area. Weekends draw a lot of crowds and activity in the water, so better fishing is being reported during the week in the evenings. Black bass are chasing crankbaits along the river in the evening hours. Catfish are active during the day and at night. Try you luck fishing a worm or piece of anchovy off the bottom near vegetation where they are hiding in the shadows.


Fishing has been good with all species biting. The WMA has been busier than normal. Boat access is good. Just a few reminders: Bass fishing is catch-and-release at Dacey Reservoir, and there is a 5 bass limit at Adam's McGill, Cold Springs, and Haymeadow until July 1st. Also, there is a 50-bag limit on bullhead catfish. The limit for trout is always one fish at Dacey Reservoir and five on the other waters on the management area.


As we reach a solid 100 degrees for the next week, remember the fish will be looking for cooler water. Fishing is best in the morning when the parks opens or towards sunset where available. The Nevada Department of Wildlife has planted catchable bluegill in the ponds. Though anglers are seeing fish in the water, the bite has been sluggish. Probably due to the high temperatures. Parks are open to fishing but limiting visitors.

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Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Friday, May 29th, 2020

Las Vegas Urban Ponds: Bite Has Been Sluggish Due to High Temps
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Fishing Has Been Good For All Species
Colorado River - Laughlin: 10 Lb. Stripers Are Being Reported
Lake Mohave: Lake Mohave/ Willow Beach Fishing Report
Lake Mead: Lake Mead Fishing Report
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Fishing Has Recently Picked Up
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Good Action For Trout & Bass

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