NDOW Southern Fishing Report

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife


Crappie and bass are still the most active fish right now. Crappie and bass are taking an assortment of spoons and jigs. Fly-anglers have been doing well using dragonfly nymphs and olive Woolly Buggers. Trout are biting around sunrise and where the stream feeds into the reservoir.  Aquatic vegetation can be a problem along some shorelines, limiting access throughout the summer. State Parks are still only open at 50 percent of capacity.


Anglers are catching lots of bass and crappie, though they are on the small side. Even small bass are hitting craw plastics despite the bait’s size. Crappie are hitting on marabou jigs and tubes. Rainbow trout fishing is slow. Vegetation is increasing along the shore and reaches out a couple feet in some areas. Go early to beat the heat. State Parks are still only open at 50 percent of capacity.


Anglers have seen a few striper boils in the Boulder Basin. They should increase in frequency this month. Striper boils provide great action when using topwater baits or jerkbaits. Anglers fishing Temple Bar and the Overton Arm are finding success with soft swimbaits fished from shore or boat. Bluegill are biting on night crawlers in Government Wash. The largest catfish catches are being reported in the early morning hours at Hemenway. 


The heat has reduced angler numbers on Lake Mohave. Anglers are reporting that smallmouth are hitting soft plastics on Ned rigs and largemouth bass showing preference for pencil poppers. The best striper action is being reported just above Davis Dam. Anglers are reporting that catfish are taking anchovies fished from shore at the south end of the lake near Katherine Landing.


Striped bass action is picking up along the Colorado River. Fish between 3 and 12 pounds have been reported through Casino Row and just south of Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area. Glide baits and anchovies are the baits of choice. A few anglers are still catching rainbow trout on night crawlers. Whether fishing from boat or shore, try getting out in the early morning or late evening to avoid traffic on the water.


With summer temperatures, Haymeadow and Cold Springs offer anglers the chance to land bass and crappie. Crappie are hitting on green and red jigs while bass are taking plastics and crankbaits. Aquatic plants are thickening up along the shores. Using weedless hooks, or putting a boat or tube on the water, will help anglers fish in weedy conditions.


Anglers are catching a variety of sunfish across the urban ponds. At Sunset and Floyd Lamb Park green sunfish are taking mealworms, night crawler pieces, and micro lures. Anglers are catching catfish on marshmallows, corn, and catfish dip. The marshmallows will entice the cats above the weed growth on cooler, cloudy mornings. All city ponds have a 3-fish limit regardless of species. Nets are not permitted. 


Nevada Department of Wildlife has the safety of the public and employees in mind. To comply with Covid-19 guidelines, NDOW has temporarily cancelled all outdoor education classes. Check out the NDOW Facebook events for online classes and webinars.

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