NDOW Southern Fishing Report

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife


Fishing has been good. The early morning and evening hours provide the best action with the fish shutting down during midday. Trout have been taking PowerBait with some sparkle. Gold spinners have been effective when the trout are off the bottom. Crappies and bass are also taking an assortment of spoons and jigs. Fly fishermen have been doing well using dragonfly nymphs and olive Woolly Buggers. Aquatic vegetation is becoming a problem along the shoreline. The upcoming weekend is showing some light rain options which could yield some good fishing.


The best action has been found during the early morning and evening hours. Anglers are using PowerBait or night crawlers. Bass and crappies are hitting on jigs and plastics. Aquatic vegetation is making it difficult to launch a boat. Overcast skies can help fishing throughout the day. Stay safe and check the weather before you head out.


Boaters fishing Callville Bay and the Overton Arm are catching striped bass and largemouth bass on shad crankbaits and swimbaits. In the Government Wash area, anglers are reeling in stripers, largemouth, catfish and bluegill. Try a topwater bait for a striper hit and rig a drop shot for largemouth. Smallmouth bites are hit and miss on the lake and the fish are showing preference for soft plastics rather than shad lures. Anglers looking for catfish are having the best luck using anchovies just after sunset at Hemenway.


Smallmouth bass are keeping anglers busy at the south end of the lake. Ned rigs with watermelon worms are a favorite. Near Davis Dam shore anglers are catching striper as large as seven pounds on anchovies. At Willow Beach the striper bite is on in the early morning hours for shore anglers. Anglers are using anchovies off the bottom and casting out as far as possible from the fishing pier. Later in the day anglers are having better luck trolling rainbow trout lures.


Along the shorelines of the Colorado River, anglers are catching striped bass between two and three pounds. The area just below Davis Dam is producing the most fish. Boaters are catching larger fish using glide baits and various shad lures. Black bass can be found in pockets throughout Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area. Try fishing soft plastic worms or chigger craws from shore or kayak.


Fishing action has been good for crappie and bass. Trout action has slowed a bit. The best action has been during the morning and towards sunset. Aquatic weeds are starting to block some of the shoreline access. Try jigs and plastics to stay out of the weeds. Nymphs, Woolly Buggers and Montana Nymphs are productive fly options.


Sunfish action has been picking up over the past week. At Sunset and Floyd Lamb Park green sunfish are taking mealworms, night crawlers and small lures. Anglers have been catching catfish on mini-marshmallows, corn, and catfish dip. The marshmallows float above the weed growth in the ponds. One angler even caught some trout this weekend. Get out early to be the heat and have better success.


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More Reports

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Monday, June 15th, 2020
: NDOW Southern Fishing Report
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Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Trout Are Hitting on Spinners
Colorado River - Laughlin: Striped Bass Are Biting South of The Dam
Lake Mohave: The Bite Has Picked up in The Early Morning
Lake Mead: Best Action is in The Morning
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Trout Action is Good In The Morning
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Good Fishing For Rainbow Trout

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